A while back, I posted my very first guest post. It was a dream-team list of zombie-killing badasses, contributed to the site by Jay Clarke of The Horror Section. It was awesome and if you haven’t read it yet, click that link back there and get on it. We’ll wait.
Back? Great. That brings us to today’s Undead Diversion. See, no such list can be definitive. There are pros and cons to each member, everyone has their own way of approaching problems and, most importantly, among 50,000 zombie movies, games and books, there’s a lot of options to be utilized. Besides, it’s fun to read other lists, right? Thus I was quite pleased to stumble across another fine zombie apocalypse dream team list recently, and I’d like to share it with you. It’s by Justin Robinson of The Satellite Show and I knew it was worth my time before I finished the first blurb. Have a look:
The Leader â€“ Sheriff David Dutten (Timothy Olyphant) The Crazies remake
Okay, so maybe Sheriff Dutten doesnâ€™t have the best track record. The fact of the matter is very few leaders in these films do, especially ones with coherent plans. So Dutten only managed to get one person out alive. There are two mitigating factors: a) she was a pregnant woman, so way to prioritize the continuation of the species and b) he had to deal with armed zombies, the US Military and a fucking nuclear bomb. Show me someone else that can do that. The alternate would be Ben of Night of the Living Dead. His track record is even worse, but this guy had maybe the worst group of survivors of any hero before or since. When the most useful people in the group set fire to the only means of escape, thatâ€™s a problem. Sure, Ben didnâ€™t have the best plan, or even a plan, but he did keep that short bus alive long after everyone should have been shotgunning bleach.
Obviously, this is a man who knows and loves his zombie lore. Head over to the original post and read the whole thing, and be sure to tell him I sent you.