Tagged zombie

I knew it! AOL hires the undead…

Here it is, courtesy of the Unofficial Apple Weblog’s job-posting page: clear, incontrovertible evidence that AOL hires the undead to work at their company. Why else would they specify ‘living interns’ as opposed to standard (i.e. undead) ‘interns’ This goes a long way towards confirming what many customers have always suspected, and towards explaining why those customers get the kind of service that they do. On the other hand, does this mean AOL is a market leader in the progressive movement to gainfully employ the undead?

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Bill Pullman vs Weird Voodoo Cop

[simage=115,288,y,left]In our latest foray into the archives of Netflix instant viewing, we recently witnessed The Serpent and the Rainbow, an, err, interesting film starring Bill Pullman as an ethnobotanist visiting Haiti looking for a way to harness the power of a zombie-state-inducing powder for the good of humanity (and the pharmaceutical company he works for). If you’re into the zombie genre, this film is unique, if only because the zombies aren’t really flesh-craving maniacs, just people who’ve been poisoned and made to appear dead long enough to be buried. Ultimately, the zombies are the victims, not the bad guys.

And that’s where the film starts to get weird. See, the main antagonist is a local cop/secret policeman ostensibly representing Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier‘s repressive regime, but he’s also a cop who’s wicked good at voodoo. So good, in fact, that he can torture Bill Pullman from anywhere in the world, forcing a Haitian showdown courtesy of Pan Am (that dates a film, huh?). I won’t ruin the ending, but I’m a little disappointed that Pullman doesn’t go quite Rambo enough upon his return, and that the strange political overtones are just strange, rather than really interesting. Other than that, it’s relatively entertaining, and gets distinct bonus points for a torture scene involving a fun use of a railroad spike. I give it

(3/5)