Suburban Zombie or The Decay of the Mind

Suburban Zombie or The Decay of the Mind came to me via a commenter named Evan Jones.  It’s a one minute zombie film (that alone got me – can one even DO a zombie film that’s any kind of decent in one minute??  Has Romero been wasting our time all these years with needless filler?  Can someone out there in the intranets turn all of Romero’s films into one minute versions for my amusement??) with a twist.

The film opens with a guy sitting in a shed watching t.v.

Guy. Shed. ‘Nuff said.

Suddenly, his t.v. goes on the fritz (horror of horrors!!) and dude gets pissed.  Seriously he goes all Hulk and smashes the t.v.  Then he goes outside into the sun (which he obviously hasn’t seen in awhile since he tries to block it with his arms – “Arggghhhh!  Sunlight!!” and we have a moment of “Wait is he zombie or vampire?”).  Next, two mysterious figures in black appear (creepy!) and point to the shed indicating that he should go back inside.  So he does and watches his broken t.v.  Oooohhhh, get it??

I liked this for the social commentary it made about the mind numbingness of  society.  Seriously, these Kardashians and guidos I keep hearing about frighten me more than the upcoming zombie apocalypse.  Our need to be entertained and our seeming unending quest for “15 minutes” is going to be our downfall.  In my IMHO.  And it likely will be via a zombie apocalypse – zombies have been the metaphor for our societal fears ever since Romero appeared on the scene.

So check it out, it’s just a minute!

About mistylayne

I'm a Z movie loving, horror hound, Buffy quoting, Dr. Who watching, geekazoid and seeker of all things unusual. I'm a gypsy wanderer, lover of words, Wendy of the damned and all that jazz. What can I say? I'm complicated.

Posted on 2012.25.June, in American Indie, Experimental, Horror, Lo-Budget, Short Shorts, Silent, Zombiedy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Interesting. I like it – I like the evil alien overlords commanding him back in to complete his zombiefication. You… must… go.. be… dumbed… I also like he how he made a much better use of his 1 minute film than I did – LOL HAHAHAHA. Good stuff to you and the guy who made this!

  2. Having lived in my mom’s basement for so long, I do the same thing when exposed to sunlight.

    Watch TV and do nothing else. Television has literally become reality for a lot of people. And this short-short really reminded me of THEY LIVE (1988).

    • I’m similar when exposed to sunlight but that’s cause I’m a vampire. Or at least pale enough to be one.

      T.V. makes me sad sometimes. I don’t actually have television but I do watch some shows online. They Live is on my list. Again with the not enough time to watch stuff!

      • They’re worlds apart, really, but the whole “overlords telling us to over consume and live like sheep in complacency” thing is in both.


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