Daily Archives: November 2, 2013

The Ex-Zombie Girl by Gregory Farrell

Allison was alone in her SoHo apartment when she went through her daily ritual. She stood naked in front of the full length mirror. She was not admiring her body, but was looking for any cuts or discoloration which would accompany the return of the virus. She took a small blood sample and put it in the meter and only relaxed when she got the green signal.

She never wanted to remember the time of the sickness, but she knew she could not forget it. She remembered using her teeth to tear into the raw flesh of other people; sometimes even people she knew. She remembered the taste of the blood and skin. The worst part was that she remembered the overpowering feeling of how much she had liked it. Every day she lived in  fear that the desire would return. Like a recovered drug addict who never truly trusted that the addiction was gone. Allison knew there was no such thing as a cured Zombie.

Of course, no one was allowed to use the “Z Word”. It was less than 18 months ago and the government had successfully been able to cover up almost all evidence of the outbreak. Stage 1 infected like Allison had been injected with the cure. Stage 2 & 3 had simply disappeared for good after the Special Forces picked them up. Rumor among the Cured like Allison was that it was just a matter of time until the government would decide to eliminate all chances of a second outbreak. One night the Cured would all disappear as well.

Allison got dressed and decided to go out for a walk to see if she could pass for a normal person. She walked all the way over to the NYU campus, expecting to get strange looks from the  students milling about, but got none.

She sat down on a bench near a food vendor’s cart. A slight breeze shifted and  she could smell the meat cooking on the grill. Allison shivered as she felt the change begin in her.  Suddenly Allison felt more hungry than she had ever been. The unbelievable strength returned to her muscles.  What seemed like a fog entered her brain, and a darkness descended on her soul.

A group of NYU students stood in a small circle talking excitedly about their classes and assignments. They paid no attention to the woman on the park bench 10 feet away, when she stood up and with a strange gait started to move towards them.

Carrie – movie review

Carrieis a remake of the classic 1976 horror movie that launched the career of Sissy Spacek. This new version stars 16 year old Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and she does a magnificent job of portraying this troubled young woman, who also happens to have supernatural powers. Her mother is played by veteran actress Julianne Moore who brings a level of complexity to the character. The mother carries religious fanaticism to the point of insanity. The many scenes that have just these two characters interacting are riveting to watch.

The problem with the movie comes with the rest of the cast. The “nasty girls” in the high school who pick on Carrie all seem to have come directly from some badly made after-school T.V. special about bullying.

Also, Chloe Grace Moretz is the only one of the actors who looks like she could really be in high school.  Several of the “girls” are 25 years old and look it (we checked the actresses on-line bios).  Everyone in the school is beautiful and self-confident. None of the kids are overweight, or painfully thin or have bad skin or wear braces. It looks like a school for fashion models.

However, all of these flaws could be forgiven if the movie did not commit the worst sin a horror movie can make – it is not scary.  Since it has been 37 years since the original movie, there are undoubtedly a large number of moviegoers who never saw the original; even on DVD.  But for some reason, the producers chose to give away the entire movie in the previews. Really, scene by scene the entire movie including the big finale. So by the time you see the movie, there is nothing new to scare you. As a final let-down, the director chose to leave out the scariest scene of all from the original (the infamous “hand coming from the grave”).

Unfortunately, we cannot recommend this movie. However we do predict that Chloe Grace Moretz will have a long career as a great actress.