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March or Be eaten by your friends

Band members must continually move to avoid being eaten by similarly deprived conspecifics. If you're a swarming Mormon cricket (Anabrus simplex), marching is the only way to avoid being eaten by the individual who is just behind you. Tips to deter your cannibal buddies from turning you into dinner: 1) Move 2) Move!!! 3) Keep your body axis parallel to the flow 4) Beware of females (shorter version). Cannibalistic interactions during swarming behaviour have also been observed in desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) (looks paywalled but actually free).
posted by elgilito on Aug 4, 2013 - 17 comments

 

World War Z, types of zombies and the evolution of the genre

"I think a major change in zombie behavior in this was if something were to bite you, well, you're still fresh, you're still able to move quickly. But now you don't think about yourself. You only think about where's my next bite, where's my next takedown. And you will run as fast as you can because you're still healthy, and you'll lead with your teeth to take the next human down..." says Scott Farrar, visual effects supervisor of World War Z, on the fast moving and swarming zombies in the movie. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 24, 2013 - 212 comments

A Premature Post-Mortem

With the imminent release of the much discussed, and utterly doomed film version of Max Brooks' World War Z, Vanity Fair gives an in depth look at the story behind the creation. From the initial bidding war over the film rights, through the troubled production, rewrites, reshoots, and drama behind what is already being called the biggest flop in film history.
posted by mediocre on Jun 6, 2013 - 108 comments

The slow motion trainwreck continues

The Superbowl trailer for the unquestionably doomed adaptation of Max Brooks milestone novel World War Z makes no mention of zombies. [via io9]
posted by mediocre on Feb 1, 2013 - 193 comments

Fast zombies is never, ever a good sign

The first footage from the troubled, possibly doomed film adaptation of World War Z has been released [via io9]
posted by mediocre on Nov 6, 2012 - 139 comments

"A nightmare from top to bottom"

Brad Pitt's Zombie Nightmare: Inside the Troubled 'World War Z' Production The Hollywood Reporter sorts through the problems causing the release of the film version of Max Brooks' post-apocalyptic UN report to be delayed until next June. Via the A.V. Club, which adds links to previous stories about the filming.
posted by mediareport on Jun 13, 2012 - 114 comments

Mythomentaries

Mockumentaries based on myth are pretty popular. There's Max Brooks' World War Z, (zombie warning), being turned into a movie. Along the same lines is the favorite Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency. Animal Planet and Discovery got into the game with a wild potential future, dragons, and even a couple projected alien worlds based on work by Barlowe. [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness on Sep 24, 2007 - 41 comments

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