My life and Zombieland

Zombieland as an Obsession

She is so hot... with a shotgun.

She is so hot… with a shotgun.

A number of years ago I became obsessed with this movie.  I mean I would watch it 2 and 3 times a night and fall asleep on the coach.  Yes, I was a little crazy.  At that time in my life a screw got loose.  I needed some sort of structure, some sort of comfort, some sort of manifesto declaring that life can be navigated.  Consider this life IS Zombieland (oh yeah, drama in writing!).  In fact the name of this website and everything I do now is directly linked to this movie (Geez, I just heard that, I am crazy). I had 2 cars in the past year “named” after characters. I had a 1986 Bronco II named Wichita and a 1985 Mercury Grand Marquis named Tallahassee. Those cars where awesome. (Tallahasse was later re-named Carmageddon).

So, Why Zombieland?  Here are a few reasons:

  1. It has a reasonable list of rules to live by.  Keep it simple stupid.  Right?
  2. Most of the rules have relevance. I mean seriously, everyone needs Cardio right?
  3. It’s a love story.  I mean come one, a comedy, a horror, AND a love story!  Eat your heart out Nicholas Sparks (you see what I did there?  Zombie, eat your heart, love story…I’m glad I amuse myself).

I have blatantly stole this list from  I could go through the movie and extras etc and come up with the rules myself but, why bother.  They did a great job, go check out the site.

I will be using this list in weeks to come to show how each of these has changed my life and could help re-shape yours.  Here is the list.

The un-official list of rules.

  1. Cardio
  2. The Double Tap
  3. Beware of Bathrooms
  4. Wear Seat Belts
  5. No Attachments
  6. The “Skillet”
  7. Travel Light
  8. Get a Kick Ass Partner
  9. With your Bare Hands
  10. Don’t Swing Low
  11. Use Your Foot
  12. Bounty Paper Towels
  13. Shake it Off
  14. Always carry a change of underwear
  15. Bowling Ball
  16. Opportunity Knocks
  17. Don’t be a hero (later crossed out to be a hero)
  18. Limber Up
  19. Break it Up
  20. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, unless it’s a sprint, then sprint
  21. Avoid Strip Clubs
  22. When in doubt Know your way out
  23. Zipplock
  24. Use your thumbs
  25. Shoot First
  26. A little sun screen never hurt anybody
  27. Incoming!
  28. Double-Knot your Shoes
  29. The Buddy System
  30. Pack your stain stick
  31. Check the back seat
  32. Enjoy the little things
  33. Swiss army Knife

Oh, how vague and delightful.  ZOMBIELAND IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!

I will be posting at random intervals and in random order.  Keep your eyes peeled and remember check the back seat (rule # 31).

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7 Responses

  1. And what about the awesome typography use they give to the movie is genius too, a great referent for a designer.

  2. You’ve set yourself up with a real challenge here, buddy! I’m watching real carefully, as to how you are going to explain some of these headers! #goodluck

  3. @ Martin B I am up for the challenge. And besides… It caught your eye didn’t it?

  4. I am going to click on the link about strip clubs. I suspect it does not end well.
    Did you ever notice that our older horror movies were often allegories for good vs. evil moral parables? The Zombieland craze some would argue has as much to do with our need for entertainment and interest as well as an admission of the moral relativism that modern culture seems imbued with… and in Zombieland, well, there aren’t many gray areas when you are about to be devoured. There is definitely a clarity of purpose and action…
    On a lighter note, I still like Sean of the Dead. Hilarious. Sad. You get it.

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