No Sew Cosplay: Jess from Until Dawn

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I didn’t really figure you for the glass half empty type…

So, we’re going to try to finish all of the Until Dawn characters!

Hopefully.

Hair Ties: Fortunately, you can get a large pack of purple hair ties for pretty cheap like these ones here. You’ll need two dark purple hair ties for Jessica’s braids.

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Jacket: The hardest piece to find for Jessica’s outfit, the jacket offered some real challenges for me mainly due to the color and sleekness of the jacket. The first I was able to find was this one (top picture). My real issue was that the material is not all that rain resistant like Jess’ and the patches are on the chest, versus Jess’ jacket which has them on the sleeve. Finally, I stumbled across this utterly perfect jacket. Unfortunately, the price tag isn’t so perfect. I personally try not to hurt my wallet so much, so the first jacket might be the best choice. Either way, make sure you’re getting a smaller size so that the jacket at the bottom is riding on your hips as much as possible. Jessica’s is super short, after all. This is still yet another alternative, though I didn’t like how light blue this jacket was so I dismissed it.

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V-Neck Shirt: Jessica wears a very low cut v-neck purple shirt under her jacket. The shirt must be pretty short as well on her because you don’t see it poking under her jacket. I would probably go with a short sleeve shirt unless you are cosplaying in the winter time. No reason to be drenched in sweat on the convention floor if you can avoid it.

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Undershirt: Jessica wears a very short, and tight, white t-shirt with a v-neck that is not as deep as her purple shirt. Fortunately, the shirt I linked already runs small and pretty thin, which is pretty much exactly how Jess’ shirt really is. Because the fabric is kind of thin though, make sure you are wearing white undergarments like Jessica.

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Ring: She wears a metal ring with a plain band on her middle finger to her right hand.

Pants: Jessica wears some pretty low cut dark jeans. If you don’t already have these, then you could purchase ones like these. They are noticeably darker blue than the jacket that she is wearing.

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Boots: Fortunately, there are a lot of scenes where you get a chance to see Jessica’s boots which made the search a lot easier here. Unfortunately, right off the bat the perfect boots that I found were super expensive. If you don’t mind going slightly off color and style you could get these instead (pictured below) which are a heck of a lot cheaper. If you really want to get that style where she has indents three or four times going up, you could tie a string really tightly to the boot perhaps to get that same look?

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Nails: Jessica wears a dark pink almost purple shade of nail polish like this color.

Makeup: This video I found shows how to make a bronzey smokey eye like Jessica’s makeup.

And now, no one should be able to get in the way of you and what you’ve got going on!

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No Sew Cosplay: Chris from Until Dawn

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You asked, and you shall receive.

Boom. Butterfly effect!

Glasses: Nerdy black glasses are fortunately very easy to find and these ones have good reviews to boot. The pictures I saw of customers wearing them also show that they are about the right size and shape to Chris’ glasses.

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Outer Jacket: It turns out that Chris has some pretty expensive taste. The jacket that he is wearing is a fur hooded parka jacket, which typically can cost a pretty penny. I found this one which just so happens to be half the price that it used to be, at least. It’s still not cheap, however, and will probably be the most costly piece of the cosplay if you choose to add it. That’s right, you don’t have to get Chris’ jacket to pull off this cosplay as he is shown in the game off and on wearing it. I did turn my attention to Ebay to see if I could find one for less. Though it’s not as good of quality, this one is a lot less but it’s difficult to tell if the entire lining is orange/yellow which could affect how good the cosplay looks.

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Cardigan: Once again, Chris shows off the fact that he is a nerd with some cash to spend on his wardrobe. He’s wearing a zip-up cardigan like this one. The main issue I have with this cardigan is that, looking at the details, Chris’ cardigan actually has a chest pocket as well as shoulder and elbow pads like this sweater (note this one has no zipper which is important for the cosplay to have). This will not be noticeable if you have on his jacket, of course, but will be once you take it off or if you forego the jacket entirely. Fortunately, they are smaller details that I think you can get away with not having and still pull the cosplay off. You want to wear this with the zipper far down.

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Jacket: How many layers does this guy have, exactly? Jeez, Chris. Share a jacket with Ashley or something will yah? It appears that Chris is wearing yet another jacket under his cardigan. This time, it’s a jean jacket though like this one. It’s hard to tell what color it is but it appears to be either light blue or a medium blue. You want to leave the jacket unbuttoned all the way down, and the fabric poking out from under the cardigan if possible.

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T-Shirt: Interestingly enough, I don’t think there was ever a time in the entire game that we actually see the detail of the white t-shirt that Chris is wearing. So, whatever it says exactly is not clear. Some of what we can see are the letters ‘c’ and ‘h’ in that order. There is also a bit of font underneath. In trying to search for details on Chris’ shirt, I stumbled across this site that offers Until Dawn t-shirts. They have some white shirts and one even has a bubble with #theresafreakinghostafterus! Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate any real details on what his actual shirt says. So, either you could go with a white t-shirt that is completely plain or get one similar.

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Watch: Chris is wearing a regular black watch like this one. If you don’t have one, I’d just worry about getting a cheap one and don’t fret about the details too much as it will mostly be under your cardigan anyhow.

Pants: Nothing special here, thank goodness. Chris is wearing a normal pair of blue jeans. Fortunately, this can help cut some of the cost down of the cosplay if you already happen to have a pair of jeans. If not, get the cheapest pair that you possibly can to help offset the rest. I would make sure to keep it on the darker side though.

Shoes: Chris wears brown to black ankle boots like these ones. You might also be able to find these at a thrift store, to offset more of the cost of the jackets. Of course, the only time you really see his shoes is if you step on that branch when you’re with The Stranger. Otherwise, they’re cast in so much shadow that it’s impossible to tell. It almost looks like he might have his socks pulled up as well? Not sure about this detail.

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Makeup: This video I found shows you how to make fake bruises, which will allow you to recreate Chris’ bruised forehead as well.

Boom!

You don’t have to ask a Ouija board if you did a good job or not, hopefully!

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No Sew Cosplay: Ashley from Until Dawn

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There’s a lot to love about Ashley and you could look adorable like her too.

Beanie: It surprisingly did not take me long to locate a beanie that works for Ashley like this one. It has smaller stripes than Ashley’s, but overall it should still work. Oddly enough, on a different site with the same brand, they had one with less stripes (pictured below).

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Locket: While Ashley is probably wearing an actual locket, silver lockets are not on the cheap side. For instance, this one on the cheaper side is almost $25. That’s when I turn to Ebay for things and found this one.

Jacket: A completely optional piece, Ashley wears a jacket almost like this one while she is outside.I would almost recommend not wearing it, since she spends the majority of the game without it anyway.

Scarf: Again, completely optional, but Ashley wears a two tone scarf like this one just while she is outside. Again, I almost would recommend not wearing this, since her other outfit would be more recognizable. Not to mention, she was also not wearing this or the jacket when she was splashed with blood from Josh (I would definitely do that for the cosplay).

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Hoodie: Fortunately, it is not difficult to find a light blue hoodie like this one. I would make sure to keep the cost on this as low as possible, as I would do the version of Ashley where blood was splattered on her, effectively ruining the rewearability of the jacket. I would almost get a size too small so that it it’s long enough to reach down to your waist, as Ashley has a gap between her hoodie and her shorts where you can see her undershirt.

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Shirt: Ashley has a long darker red shirt with thumb holes like this one. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find a shirt like that where the sleeve portion is also striped like hers. I think the striped texture in this one would still work well. If you really really can’t stand the slight variation (I’m a stickler for detail) then you could also just get a normal long sleeve red shirt and wear gloves with thumb holes like these.

Ring: Ashley is wearing a ring on her right hand with a green rectangular stone in it like this one. Not the end of the word if you miss this detail, however.

Shorts: Find the shortest shorts in the store and you’re pretty much good when it comes to Ashley. Seriously though… They are SHORT. These should do nicely since they already have the bottom cuff.

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Black Belt: You really just need a black belt. Any black belt will do. I found this one on sale at the time of this blog posting.

Leggings: Ashley wears leggings just like Sam but in charcoal color instead of black.

Boots: I personally absolutely adore Ashley’s fur boots. They are ones that I would get a lot of wear with even after the fact. I actually had difficulty finding the right ones for this, however, which surprised me. The ones I found that I ended up liking the most were these ones but the pompoms almost ruin it for me. I’m sure there’s a way to either untie them or snip them off. If those aren’t your size, these work too. 

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 Blood Splatter: All you will need is some fake blood, not pig’s blood thank goodness, and to splatter it on your clothes (predominantly on the hoodie). I would definitely take this project outside. Remember, the blood is mostly on Ashley’s left side (the side where Josh was hung). I would load up a paintbrush and flick it to create the effects. Smear some on your face and neck for an added effect.

Makeup:

Now, don’t waste any more time!

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Halloween Movies: Hocus Pocus

No Halloween movie list is complete without Hocus Pocus. It is a classic family friendly film that has garnered more and more attention over time and become a cult classic. In fact, Disney has the Sanderson sisters performing the show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltaculaon” on stage for Mickey’s Not So Scary (which is awesome by the way). You can even watch the video here of the performance if you can’t manage to get to the theme park during the event.

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About: The story revolves around the reawakening of the Sanderson witch sisters; Winifred, Mary and Sarah in the year 1993 in Salem returning after 300 years. 300 years ago they were responsible for the kidnapping of a teenage boy’s (Thackery Binks) sister, using her youth and sucking her dry in order to remain young themselves. Attempting to stop them, Thackery was transformed into an immortal black cat to torture him over the guilt of allowing his sister to be killed. The sisters were later caught and hung, but cast a spell that they would return during the full moon of All Hallows Eve by a virgin. Of course, the main protagonist who just moved to town in then present day, named Max Dennison, ultimately is responsible for awakening them on Halloween Night. With the help of Thackery Binks, he has to protect his sister and stop the witches from sucking the life force of any other children before dawn to prevent them from staying on Earth. While critics seemed to dislike the movie, earning it a 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, audience scores rate it 70%. After many rebroadcasts, the film has become a cult classic. There are also rumors of a sequel but nothing has been greenlit by Disney as of this posting.

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Warning! Spoilers might lie ahead!

The Plot/Characters: The plot is actually fairly involved, which I think makes the story more interesting. It starts back in 1693 with the sisters being hung. Thackery Binks, an immortal black cat due to the curse the sisters put on him, acts as a protector in Salem, attempting to keep people away from their spell book and from reawakening the sisters. Out of guilt, he has done this for 300 years. That’s a pretty strong motivation right there. In fact, Thackery Binks is easily the most stand-out character of the film, easily winning your heart with his motivations and as you learn more about him, your heart goes out for the guy. Max is the one that reawakens the sisters and Thackery explains what he has done. The sisters are back on Halloween night and see all the children ripe for picking so they set out to gather as many as possible in order to create a life potion. Only, they need their spellbook first, which Max has stolen. Max, his little sister (Dani) and a girl he has a crush on (Allison) end up being pursued by the sisters throughout the night as they try to keep away from them and keep the book safe. Some of the acting is over the top with the younger cast, but with names like Bette Midler as Winifred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah and even Sean Murray (NCIS) as Thackery Binks, it makes up for some of the inexperience. The sisters themselves are so colorful and full of personality as well which really adds to the story tremendously as well as a lot of the humor.

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The Scares(?): Despite being a Disney film (or maybe because of it) this movie as a lot of darker elements. Right off the bat, it starts with Thachery’s sister, Emily, being essentially murdered by the witches, as she is dead after they drain her life force. The motivation for the sisters is to remain young forever by taking that life energy from children and they are targeting children on a day that they are out enjoying themselves, blending in with all the other costumed characters as well. The main characters are pursued for the spell book through a graveyard where zombies are brought to life and one chases them with his head even falling off at some points.

Of course, the scares are tame, since its a family film, so there are no intense jumpscares and certainly no gore, but the fact remains that there are creepy elements, especially for children. Even the scene where Thackery is turned into a cat for a kid can be intense. Of course, as an adult, this would seem tame, especially with CGI these days. Overall, not really frightening.

The Humor: Jam packed with humor, this movie has enough for both kids and adults to keep you entertained and quoting the movie long after its over. The sisters are such colorful characters that they make most of the humor themselves just in the sheer ridiculousness in their actions like Mary on a vacuum cleaner when they don’t have their brooms.

The sisters reactions to being in 1963 and them freaking out about the fact that they are standing on asphalt, believing that it might melt them, was the best thing ever. They’re not even sure what a bus is.

The Score: You can’t mention the OST or the score without immediately thinking of the famous song sung by Winifred, “I Put a Spell On You”. It’s catchy and one of those songs that immediately sticks in your head. It doesn’t help that the actual song is a spell that then causes all of the people at the party to continuously dance. I listened to this song on repeat for about an hour and I can tell you… It does feel like she put a spell on me to hit that loop button.

But Hocus Pocus also has another song that is also very rememberable that Sarah sings called “Come Little Children” which will leave you oddly entranced but also frightened, as it’s a spell for children to come to them in order for their life force to be sucked out.

Overall: It’s hard to explain the charm in a cult classic, but it’s hard not to love this movie despite some of the cheesier elements to it. The songs, the humor and the actual thought behind the plot make this movie for me.

And now, I put a spell on you to go watch the movie!

Have you seen Hocus Pocus yet? If so, what did you think?

No Sew Cosplay: Sam from Until Dawn

It’s difficult to find good images for Sam, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t attempt this awesome cosplay idea. I’m not going to leave you out in the cold but attempt to help you make her complete outfit!

Towel: All you need is a white towel wrapped around you!

Nah, just kidding.

Hat: This is a completely optional piece, as Sam only wears this in the very beginning of the game while outside in the snow, the hat she is wearing is a Russian one like this one once you remove the mask. This option was the best pricing wise I could locate. I’m positive that the mask is either detachable, or you could just cut it off.

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Scarf: Sam wears a textured red scarf like this one. While this one is an infinity scarf, you could still wrap it in a manner to match how she has her scarf. I liked the fact that this scarf wasn’t as huge as another one I found that matched the look and was also better on the budget for the outfit. Though the scarf would also be optional, since she does take it off while inside, I would recommend having it since the red will serve to help identify the character.

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Jacket: Wearing a black leather bomber jacket for the beginning of the game, Sam has various pockets on the sleeves as well like this jacket has.

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Shirt: Sam wears a purple v-neck shirt like this one and a black lace tank top that we can barely see protruding from the top.

Skirt: While I’ve seen some cosplayers or people linking to skirts for Sam like this one this is actually NOT the same type of skirt that Sam wears and will make the outfit a lot less identifiable, in my opinion. With such a subtle outfit, I would make sure to get as close as humanly possible to the actual skirt. Of course, finding one is easier said than done. I managed to find a similar looking skirt, though the skirt is more ruffled than frilled, on Ebay. I also found this one but it’s too difficult to tell the length (frills seem too close together) and it seems too short so I would go with the first.

EDIT: The listing on the first skirt ended. This one is the closest I could find!

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Leggings: Pretty simple; all you will need is a pair of black leggings like these ones. Just… Don’t go trouncing out into the snowy mountains in the skirt and leggings because you might freeze to death in your lower region.

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Socks: After pausing some shots of the game, I realized that Sam is wearing white socks. If you don’t have white socks that reach up high enough, you could get a pack like this one. Make sure the socks are pulled up a bit outside of the boot.

Shoes: Funny story is that these boots came up on my suggested pages list while looking at the red scarf. I wonder if someone already purchased this outfit or if Amazon is just reading my mind now? If so, I’m a bit worried…

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Nails: I am so so thrilled that the internet has things like this. There is actually a video (though it’s not in English) showing you how to paint your nails just like Sam’s!

Makeup: I found another video (not in English) on how to do Sam’s makeup.

And now you should look a lot like Sam! Grab your bat and start hitting psycho’s that you come across.

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Spooky Disney Fact

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Did you know that when the wait time gets low, the Haunted Mansion can have a wait time of 13 minutes? I noticed this on my recent trip, despite never having noticed this little easter egg before. If it was an easter egg? If not then I might have also walked under a ladder or two and passed a black cat so hopefully I’ll still be alright.

Spooky though, right?

5 Stages of Youtube

Stage #1: Find some cool, interesting channels that pertain to your immediate interest. Begin to subscribe to a few users here and there and follow some of their videos. Thumbs up random videos and forget to thumbs up consistently because it might just be playing in the background.

Stage #2: You’re actively following certain channels and looking for new ones. You might have started to branch out and try other Youtube channels based on the fact that one or two of the members have been in videos with the person you already follow. You might not always leave comments, but you thumbs up almost all of the videos you like. Or thumbs them down if you dislike them.

Stage #3: You just watched all of the videos from the channels you like, including all of the older uploads since they first started, in a marathon.

Stage #4: Caught up now, you refresh the Subscription area hoping to discover new and exciting content that the people you are subscribed to have uploaded.

Stage #5: You’re on their channel refreshing the webpage just in case somehow the subscription notifications missed the fact that they have new videos up. And what day is it anyway?

Send help.

Halloween Movies: Zombieland

Sometimes, movies don’t necessarily have to be terrifying to be great to watch during the Halloween season. In fact, I would say Zombieland doesn’t even pretend to be a scary movie despite the fact that there are loads of zombies throughout the movie. It’s at heart a comedy and a laugh-out-loud one at that. It will probably leave you in stitches by the end of the film. I pretty much knew I had to see this movie right when the trailer came out.

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About: The world becomes overrun by zombies, leading a young man dubbed Columbus to struggle to survive in the changing world as he attempts to travel home to see if his parents are alive. He creates “zombie survival” rules in order to get by while keeping to himself as he travels. Unfortunately, he has to break some of them in order to get home, meeting a man who calls himself Tallahassee, who is a zombie killing expert searching for the remaining Twinkies in the world, and two sisters that call themselves Wichita and Little Rock. Quirky and humorous, the movie takes a whole new spin on the old zombie genre. Released in 2009, the movie has received mostly positive reviews and accolades. It won Best Horror Movie of the Year (Golden Schmoes), and Best Horror Movie from the Scream Awards. It was also nominated for several others.

WARNING! Potential spoilers ahead!

The Plot/Characters: Zombieland has a fairly basic plot, in all reality. Zombies have destroyed normal civilization and the plot centers around Columbus, a socially awkward student attempting to get back home to see if his family is alive still. On the way, he runs into Tallahassee, a man who is extremely good at killing zombies. They agree not to give each other their real names, dubbing themselves after where they are from. While their motivation is really just traveling and keep alive while fending off zombies at first, when they run into Wichita and Little Rock, the plot changes as they our outwitted by the sisters and have their vehicle taken. After going back and forth, they finally all end up traveling together. The interesting part of the movie though is that there is a continuous amount of humor in the forum of Zombie Rules like #31, Checking the Backseat, #3 Beware of Bathrooms and Rule #17 Don’t Be a Hero. Columbus slowly begins to learn more from his experience around others, however, and his rules begin to not hold up under the pressure to keep his friends alive. And, of course, the movie is led by an absolutely amazing cast which adds a huge element to the film and truly makes the movie. Woody Harrelson plays Tallahassee, Jesse Eisenberg is Columbus and Emma Stone is Wichita. Bill Murray even has a role as himself in the feature!

Woody Harrelson stars in Columbia Pictures' ZOMBIELAND.
Woody Harrelson stars in Columbia Pictures’ ZOMBIELAND.

The Scares: Unlike most of the horror genre, this movie presents the scares in a humorous way. The very beginning of the film after the intro sequence, however, opens up with the main character explaining his rules while being chased by zombies and fleeing for his life, using his rules to keep himself alive. There is a real sense of imminent death that the movie presents us with right away, showing us others that have perished without having the rules to help them. The threat we really feel is the worry that one of the characters will meet their untimely death, as we get immediately attached to them and their stories and our concerned for their well being. One of the most memorable moments is when Wichita and Little Rock are on a drop tower with zombies climbing up attempting to eat them and the sheer worry that they might not make it since they are backed into a corner with no escape. But most of the time, you are left laughing rather than checking your closet for monsters. Though… I will probably always Beware of Bathrooms now and Check the Backseat. Seriously… I always do that now after this movie.

The Humor: One of the best parts of the film is the moment that Tallahassee is in the grocery store when a big, fat Zombie appears and he says that he’s going to “take a little off the top” with a pair of gardening sheers. The actors deliver their lines perfectly upping the humor factor but it’s also the circumstances that they get themselves into with the zombies. My stomach hurt from all the laughter by the end of the movie.

The Score and the Atmosphere: With a good underscore and some rock music for the main theme, Zombieland presents itself immediately as an action packed movie. I mean, Metallica for Whom The Bell Tolls definitely sets the tone pretty quickly but with it also set to zombies devouring people as they run in slow motion… What’s not to immediately love about this movie’s music choices? It follows up this theme with more rock-based music during the action portions. The atmosphere itself remains mostly dark in lighting and tone despite all of the humor, giving the world around all of the characters the proper apocalyptic mood that is so important. Meanwhile, things like Twinkies become vastly important as symbols of what humanity has lost with the zombies taking over and smashing up a gift shop is a release that the characters need to take out their feelings about all that they have lost from the normal world because #32 is Enjoy The Little Things.

Overall: Not a movie that will leave you looking behind for monsters but mostly just in pain from continuous laughter, Zombieland delivers an excellent comedy value to the horror genre. It makes fun of itself in just the right way while also being touching an endearing enough that it is an extremely memorable movie with a ton of rewatch value. It’s amazing that there was never a concrete plan for a sequel, in fact. We… Don’t talk about the horrible attempt at a tv series on Amazon though.

Have you seen Zombieland yet? If so, what did you think?