Rating: Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero
Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea
10 out of 10 brains
Reviewing George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 2013 presents a difficult challenge, especially for an avowed zombie movie fanatic. Despite its flaws, nothing short of a perfect score suffices, not only because Night of the Living Dead laid the foundation for our favorite horror movie sub-genre, but for its influence on filmmaking generally.
The film opens with a brother and sister visiting their father’s grave. A shambling man soon kills the brother in broad daylight, and his sister, Barbara, fighting bouts of hysteria, flees to a nearby farmhouse. The movie then examines the actions and interactions of a group of survivors holed up in this farmhouse, trying to survive the siege of a growing zombie horde. The hero, a black man named Ben, tries to rally the survivors, engaging in various failed attempts to subdue their attackers and conquer their fears. It all culminates in one of the greatest horror movie endings, a must-see for any fan of the genre.
Despite having to rely on a miniscule budget of $114,000, and an inexperienced cast, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead holds … Read More »
It’s the Zombie Apocalypse, so failure is NOT an option! The best way to make sure your garden doesn’t fail this year is to adjust your expectations, AND what you choose to grow.
We know you, because we are you, and the first thing we all do is decide that we’re going to grow every vegetable we can find seeds for. In addition to the typical green beans, peas, lettuce and corn, some of us will choose veggies just based on the fact that Hopi Indians grew them, or that they were first available in the 1800s, or because they’re purple instead of the normal color for that particular plant. We’ll imagine the harvest meal we’ll have, where, just like the pilgrims, everyone will come and be amazed at our green thumbs, and they’ll vow to plant their own gardens next year because we are so inspiring.
And then, reality will hit. Reality is that maybe you don’t have enough sun to grow tomatoes, or that it gets too hot mid-summer to keep a constant lettuce crop, or you don’t really know when a Hopi squash is ripe or what to do with it if it is, or maybe you can’t grow … Read More »
Oz the dog is the newest character in our Quick! Plant Something! Series. He is also my real life dog. Not only does he make a great model and dependable sidekick for our zombie apocalypse survivors, but he and I practice a lot of what we preach on this site. Oz helps with the gardening, eats things from the garden like lettuce, celery, and parsley (he does however turn his nose up at spinach), and we try to practice running (prep for zombies) at least a couple times a week… he’s much better at it than I am.
While I’m a huge advocate of having any pet help you prepare for disaster (and as a day to day companion), I’m particularly fond of Oz’s characteristics for the following reasons:
While he looks like a big dog, he’s really medium sized at 55 lbs. This means he’s big enough to defend us from zombies, but small enough to be portable in small spaces or if I need to carry him.
He’s a bit hesitant about strangers, a trait which we don’t LOVE right now, but when the undead rise, we’re going to be really happy about his guarding nature.
He’s super smart- he knows how … Read More »
I frequently want to have indoor plants (specifically herbs and veggies that suck up a lot of water) but don’t want to have to think about them every day. Self watering containers seem to be the answer to that problem. Commercially they can be a bit expensive- using recycled containers is cheaper (practically free) and seems to work better! Plus, it’s really easy to get your hands on empty 2 litter bottles right now and after the zombie apocalypse. Here’s a quick tutorial on how you can make your own waterers in just a few minutes. If you want them to match your decor, you can always paint the exterior parts that show. I prefer to leave them clear so I can see the roots growing.
You will need 1 (or more) bottle, 2 paper towels (per bottle) and a pair of scissors.
Start by cutting the bottle in half (or a little higher than half). Start a hole for the scissors with a utility knife, or be super careful not to stab yourself if you’re going to do it with your scissors.
Take the bottom half and put it aside. Recycle the lid of the bottle, you won’t be needing it.
Take … Read More »
Since we live all over the world AND never know where we’re going to settle once the dust falls after the zombie apocalypse, it’s hard to say what YOU should plant by date. Our growing season is in Colorado is much shorter than the growing season in Texas. California temperatures in March will be much different than the temperatures in Wisconsin. These things mean the difference between planting too early and killing off small plants and waiting too late into the season when the zombie hordes are fully thawed and not having enough time to spend starting the garden. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a temperature chart to help with planting rather than by planting date (as most seed packages list for you)?
We got you covered!
We found these handy charts at knowledgeweighsnothing.com that help you figure out when to plant AND how long it will take for seeds to germinate all by temperature. This way you can go look outside and realize “Today is the day!” or not, all based on your specific area.
Whether you have lots of “ground gardens” and just want to expand or are lacking the space and NEED to go up rather than out, vertical planting is a great option. One of the easiest ways to add vertical growing area to your space to is add gutters to a fence or wall. We recommend planting veggies with a more shallow root system (i.e. leafy greens and herbs) since your soil is only able to be about 4″ deep. Save your deeper planters for things like tomatoes, root veggies, and climbing plants. Be sure your wall or fence is sturdy and can bear the weight of both the planter and zombies pushing on the other side. Below are instructions for adding gutters to your space:
I used 4 brackets per 10 ft section (each section ended up costing approx $13 total). I used screws we had laying around the garage since they aren’t included with the brackets.
The only tools I used for this project was a tape measure, a screw driver and a level. I wanted to make sure that my brackets were all approx the same distance apart (to distribute weight evenly) and that they sloped down toward the ends … Read More »