Thanks to all the folks that helped with the Zombie Survival Store commercial. This is the “editors cut” or the long version. The alternate 30 second TV version will start showing sometime on the tube in June. I will update everyone when it starts airing.
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Next week we will be posting the edited commercials for the Zombie Survival store which were filmed with the Zombie Cause here in Orlando. First though, a small teaser of some of the zombies we worked with. This clip is a slow motion clip of some of the zombies as they entered the store. You can view the video here.
I just found out something very interesting. Turns out that zombie chomper hooks that have been used for centuries in transport of “choppers” (decapitated zombie heads that still retain some function) are now being used in fishing, and they call them “gaffing hooks”. Who would have thought that this classic zombie hunting tool would find a place on a fishing boat. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, a similar thing happened with the axe, but the weird thing is, now the general public mostly associates the axe with chopping down trees. I don’t think that could ever happen to the zombie chopper hook, seriously “gaffing hook” versus “zombie chomper hook” I think we all know what it will be called a 100 years from now.
Doc Ruger with a zombie chomper hook transporting a chomper. Carrying a chomper is like carrying a snapping turtle you want the mouth always facing away from your leg.
The zombie cause filmed a commercial for the Zombie Survival store here in Orlando last week. The filming was a success, but as always was complicated by the presence of zombies. Zombies are very poor at following directions and tend to feed on the film crew. This did slow the filming down a bit. Some still shots from the shoot are below.
The commercial shoot was going quite smoothly until Silent Blade opened the front door and let the zombies in.
There were so many zombies outside the store that their groans were driving the sound guy crazy.
I have told Zombie Boy time and time again “go for the head” does he listen? No, and he has the bites to prove it.
We took out the first wave the easy way, but rapidly wound up short of beans, so we ended up close and personal for the rest of the rekills.
Silent Blade says ” being in a melee is much like playing water polo, I like both activities”. Please notice the calm that passes over his countenance when he shoves a blade in a zombie’s head.
Headshot has a lot of trouble speaking to attractive women. Of course that has no relevance in this particular circumstance.
My horoscope said carry a meat cleaver today and you will be thankful. I’m glad I did, but it never said anything about also needing a Bowie knife, which was also necessary. I’m beginning to doubt the veracity of horoscopes.
I’ve had a few comments from friends about the cabinet of blood shown in the webisode “Cabinet of Blood” Most of the comments regarded the fact that most american homes have a cabinet of blood that is a bit larger than the one we keep at the Zomberosa. (ed. note. if there are any quibs out there reading this post; a cabinet of blood is used by necromancers for turning a beating heart zombie into an asystole zombie, but it also allows them to collect blood from the zombie for which they have uses. Zombologists will sometimes use these cabinets for the same purpose, but we don’t usually consume the blood – it does make for some excellent fertilizer, especially rose bushes; makes the colors extremely vibrant.) Anyway, Pappy 5x purchased our cabinet of blood at a garage sale to save a few bucks. It is about 6 inches shorter than most cabinets of blood (I think it’s from N. Korea). We rarely use it as there always seems to be a plethora of asystole zombies around the Zomberosa; therefore I don’t see the need to purchase a full size cabinet of blood (and Pappy5X did get a real good deal).
Cabinet of Blood in the Zomberosa storage room. It can be seen in the webisode “Cabinet of Blood”
I just came across an asystole zombie illustration in a very early text for zombie hunters entitled Εσσεντιαλς οφ ζομβιε χυντινγκ (I don’t know if that is Latin or Greek). Anyway, it has to be an asystole zombie because the skin is largely gone exposing underlying muscle beds. A beating heart zombie could not survive like this more that a few hours, but an asystole zombie can “survive” (remain mobile) for months , especially in warm moist environments. Note that there is a bit of salarva depicted in the zombie’s mouth. I thought this was a nice historical piece on zombology. The illustration should be in a museum somewhere. Doc Ruger
Asystole zombie illustration from the 16th century.
I found this in an old medical textbook. This is apparently one of the earliest illustrations of a dissection of a zombie brain. I believe the text was from around 1730. There are some errors in their comments as they did not understand that zombification is caused by the ZA virus. We now know how uncommon half brain involvement is and we also know that it does not represent the progression of the zombie virus (they thought it was phlogiston progressing as they had no understanding of virology). I would suspect at one point this was a extremely bizarre acting pseudothinker before it was decapitated. I asked Pappy 5x if he had ever seen this type of brain involvement before and he said in 1957 he loped off the top of a zombie’s head with his ‘hawk and it looked just like this when he examined the carcass. In his own words “ I was sliding under the pay stall in a Shell station to save a nickel and there it sat reading the Gazette. I told him if he wouldn’t mind holding the door open when he finished I would be obliged. I started to slide out, then he tried to eat my spleen. Fortunately had my ‘hawk in my hand because those gas attendants get pretty uppity when they think you are cheating them out of a lot of dough. Top of the head looked just like that drawing. Had to go to another stall as I got his pulp all over the seat.”
Too bad Pappy 5X didn’t have a camera with him that day. In my many dissections of zombie brains I have not experienced this unusual presentation, but if I ever do I will take plenty of photos to share. Doc Ruger
Early dissection of a zombie brain. Interesting!
Bumpers are pregnant zombies, and all must be beating heart zombies to carry the fetus to term. About 50 percent of the time the fetus will be born a feedling (a zombie baby) or in this case not be birthed but burrow its way out. Sometimes the appendages with end up poking through the burrow holes, as seen below. Frequently the beating heart bumper will turn into an systole zombie during this process. Best to headshot both at the same time. About the only circumstance a zombie needs to be shot in the stomach. Please check out this bumper video.
- This is a bumper or otherwise known as a pregnant zombie. Bumpers to carry the fetus to term must be beating hear zombies as is this one.
God made crow bars for one reason (okay, they can be helpful in changing tires too); however they have multiple functions as a anti-zombie weapon. First it can be used to detect if an abandoned house has zombies within, just bang it on the walls. A crowbar can head shot equally well with either a poke or a swing, and if you need to capture a zombie it can be forced in the mouth sideways to prevent bites. I have always been a big proponent of the crowbar (for zombie hunting, not putting up your bum, an ER doc’s nightmare when folks come in with one stuck there), but get the American version not the English cross style (unless you are going to put it up your bum, then it doesn’t matter).
When you are in a zombie’s grab zone, just shove a crowbar through its head, as shown. It’s also nice to have a Colt in the other hand as a backup.
There is a nasty rumor circulating that Silent Blade stopped smiling at age 3. This is not true, just as it is not true that he doesn’t speak (he rarely speaks but he definitely speaks). We searched through a bunch of archived photos and came up with this one. I believe that this photo was taken after his first double (killing two zombies with one shot or swing of the blade). I didn’t time it, but I’m pretty sure it lasted a bit longer than 4 seconds.
Silent Blade after a double, and you didn’t think he could smile.