(NEW) EXCLUSIVE: Thursday Top Ten

The Walking Dead mid-season finale aired Dec. 1 and the Gazette staff has been experiencing severe Sunday night withdrawal ever since. Are any of our readers suffering from the same bloodlust? You could try catching up on the source material while the show is on hiatus—Robert Kirkman’s comics aren’t for the faint of heart; even if you think you’re a Dead die-hard, you’ll be in for some surprises. (For sale on Amazon.com.)
—Danielle & Joe

Or you could try any number of the TV shows and movies listed below. Joe and Danielle have compiled a Top Ten of subpar substitutes for zombie-lovers to munch on from now until February. This is the first in our new bi-weekly Thursday Top Ten feature where we will be listing a few of our favorite things in 2014. Be sure to let us know what you think!

(We also welcome any and all discussion topics regarding The Walking Dead’s epic episode, “Too Far Gone,” because OH MY GOD.)

Buffy_Grave10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997-2003

Let’s start “old” and work our way up, shall we? Before Joss Whedon assembled the Avengers, he organized the Scoobies. Move over Twilight, this was the original story of star-crossed supernatural lovers; Buffy was the Chosen One, born to “stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness.” So what does she do? Falls in love with a beautiful vampire, naturally. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, the slayer battled werewolves, witches, zombies, unholy gods, and evil beings in many shapes and sizes. And she saved the world, of course. A lot. The popular series sparked a spin-off starring David Boreanaz as Angel. Both are available for streaming on Netflix or can be purchased on Amazon.com for $75 (Buffy) and $65 (Angel). —DT

imgres-19. 28 Days Later (2002)

I know, I know, not really a zombie movie, as “the infected” aren’t actually dead. It is an awesome twist on the traditional zombie film; here the hordes are raving, frothing, roaring monsters that sprint towards their victims. Director Danny Boyle traded in the lumbering, moaning archetype for something more visceral and terrifying. —JK

Shaun-of-the-Dea8. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The perfect balance of horror and comedy. Director Edgar Wright captures the late-20s inertia that many of us know all too well. Simon Pegg’s titular character barely even notices the zombie apocalypse as he goes through his daily grind. —JK

1697684634_13839763597. Supernatural (2005–present)

Follows the adventures of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as two brothers who, in the words of our graphic designer, “fight weird stuff.” Seasons 1 through 8 streaming on Netflix. Currently in its ninth season, airing Tuesdays at 9 on the CW. —JK

large_20071214-iamlegend-willsmith-monster6. I Am Legend (2007)

Based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel, this post-apocalyptic film is carried solely on Will Smith’s broad shoulders. He is the sole survivor of a cancer cure-turned-plague that wiped out the majority of the population and turned the rest into snarling beasts that are only harmed by the sun. It’s an action-packed thrill ride, but dog lovers, beware—there’s a scene guaranteed to hurt your heart. —DT

Zombieland-2009-rules5. Zombieland (2009)

There are rules for surviving an apocalypse, you know. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin form a rag-tag group of survivors each trying to reach a separate destination. Bill Murray has a hilarious cameo as himself. —DT

imgres4. American Horror Story, 2011-present

From the brilliant mind that brought us Nip/Tuck and Glee, AHS is Ryan Murphy’s most deliciously twisted yet. Acting as an anthology, each season has enhanced its creep factor ten-fold. Season 1 took place in Murder House, season 2 in Briarcliff Asylum and season 3 in a New Orleans witch coven. Season 2 is particularly skin crawling and sadistic; the opening theme alone is enough to breed nightmares. Keep the lights on for this one. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on Netflix. Season 3 is currently airing on FX Wednesdays at 10. —DT

warm-bodies-2013-053. Warm Bodies (2013)

Nicholas Hoult is R, a teenage victim of yet another apocalyptic plague that turned the population into a pale, shuffling horde. The thing is, R knows what he is and wishes he could do something to change it: “What am I doing with my life? I’m so pale. I should get out more. I should eat better. My posture is terrible. I should stand up straighter. People would respect me more if I stood up straighter. What’s wrong with me? I just want to connect. Why can’t I connect with people? Oh, right, it’s because I’m dead.” When he  meets Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, he starts to warm up—literally. Their tentative romance sets an entire transformation in motion. Maybe he’s not so dead after all. —DT

130731SleepyHollow1_210x3052. Sleepy Hollow (2013–present)

One of the fall’s best new shows happens to be a modern twist on a classic story. It stars  as Ichabod Crane, who has been “resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.” (IMDB.com) It doesn’t sound like it should work, but it’s a ton of fun. Airs Mondays at 9 on FOX. —JK

imgres1. World War Z (2013) 

Brad Pitt is a United Nations employee who takes it upon himself to save the world from a pandemic threatening to destroy humanity—sound familiar yet? While the towers of scrambling zombie bodies were somewhat chilling, this action flick was a minor disappointment compared to others in this subgenre. Little to no gore and therefore little to no thrill. And you won’t believe the “cure.” Based on the novel by Max Brooks. —DT


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