You may not be aware, but the month of May has been handed over to the ranks of brain-munching, flesh-devouring hordes of undead. Zombie appreciation month is the brainchild of the Zombie Rights Campaign who prefer the term: differently animated.
Not sure who the ZRC are? Here’s what they have to say:
“Since our founding, the ZRC has been a tireless advocate for the equal rights of the undead. Our organization is composed of individuals from every walk of life and every state of animation, from zombies struggling to gain recognition as persons, to the living who strive daily to help achieve that goal. You do not have to be a zombie to join the ZRC; you do not have to be undead to support its goals. You need only share our vision of a world where the violence and prejudices of today have given way to true equality for all people — whether or not they still possess working circulatory systems or need oxygen.”
The month of May features in numerous zombie movies as the month the zombie apocalypse begins and to get involved all you have to do is have fun, watch a few classic movies, or shamble around graveyards moaning at random strangers while eating the neighbour’s cat. Whatever floats your boat; I’m not one to judge.
So to do my part, I would like to draw your attention towards Charlie bit my finger – the horror.
The short film festival held in Toronto last year, commissioned three short films based around a YouTube viral video. The tagline: Anyone can upload. Few can direct. I’ve included the original viral video to get a sense of where the inspiration comes from. Don’t worry about the – butter wouldn’t melt in its mouth – feel of the first video, the unrelenting horror of the second more than makes up for it.