Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Strolling Unwell - An Interview with Sarah Cassidy

Hi Sarah how are you today?

Hello Brad! I'm brilliant today thank you. How are you?

I'm okay, but some guy bit me earlier

Do you remember your first Zombie experience, and was it this that made you start loving the genre?

I do remember my first zombie experience as it goes. When I was 14 I was watching television with my mum and there wasn't much on. We flicked over to a channel (no idea which one but it was definitely on freeview) and 'Night of the Living Dead' was on. It was the 1990 remake but I remembering loving that film and thoroughly enjoying watching it. So yes, this stemmed my love of zombies but being 14 I didn't know where else to go to fuel my love for it. I couldn't buy most zombie films, I wasn't aware of horror genre comics and I didn't even think about pursuing a novel. If a zombie film was on television I would watch it but it wasn't until I hit the age of 17/18 that my collection started.

What's your favourite zombie films?

This is a tough question!

Definitely 'Night of the Living Dead' (1990) remake, my first, my favourite.

I love 'Zombieland' (2009), it's absolutely hilarious and a merge of zombies and comedy. Brilliant.

'Diary of the Dead' (2005). Despite being second in line for the worst rated 'Dead' movie by Romero, I loved it. I thought it was a brilliant concept and a fantastic film.

I could list a few more but I think I'll stick with my top three!

How do you like your zombies? (Your classic shuffling, running or in between?)

Classic shuffling. I cannot run for anything so with classic shuffling I at least stand a bit of a chance! Running zombies in 'Nightmare City' (1980) or '28 Days Later' (2002) scare the life out of me, there is no way I would survive that!

Have you ever met anyone from the zombie world?

Yes! Only the Godfather of Zombies (that's his official title now) - George A. Romero!!! 

The director of the original 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968) and the rest of the 'Dead' films. I met him at London Film and Comic Convention last year and got an autograph and a picture with him. It was one of the best days/experiences of my life, I am so thankful that I met him. He's my hero and that really was a life goal for me, to meet your hero is amazing, there are just no words to describe what it meant to me.

When I was there I also saw Jose Pablo Cantillo who played the character 'Martinez' in 'The Walking Dead' and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. who played the character 'Bob Stookey' in 'The Walking Dead'. Due to lack of funds I didn't actually get a picture with them which is pretty gutting.

However this year I plan on meeting Emily Kinney who played the character 'Beth Greene' who is also from 'The Walking Dead'.

What's the best way to take out a zombie?

"In the brain and not the chest, head shots are the very best."

If you could write or produce any tv/film series and make it a zombified version, what would it be and why?

This is a very interesting question.

Well, 'American Horror Story' had zombies in one episode in Season 3 so maybe leave that one there.

You know what, I'm going to go for 'Game of Thrones'. The opening scene could be Sean Bean slaying a zombie and not a 'Man of the Night's Watch'. I'd love the story to stay pretty much as it is, but with zombies thrown in purely because I've never seen Medieval zombies- Knight zombies, royal zombies, lord zombies... Plus, everyone hates Joffery, I'd love to see a zombie eat his guys because he's a spoilt brat and wides me up!

White Walkers Vs Walking Dead, that would be interesting, too. I think this could work...

Are you gonna be checking out the new tv series iZombie? The comic is pretty awesome!

I've been meaning to get the comic for a while now, I've just been so busy with my university work and my current pile of zombie books, comics and films to read and watch that this has been put on the sideline for a while unfortunately. But I definitely will be checking out the TV series and once my pile of zombie books, comics and films start dwindling down I am most certainly going to buy the comic.

Are there any lesser known zombie flicks you want to be more well known?

'Before Dawn' (2012). Seriously, watch it. 

It was directed and self-funded by Dominic Brunt aka 'Paddy' from 'Emmerdale'!! He stars in it too. Did you know that Brunt is an avid zombie enthusiast? Who would have thought? He loves the genre so much he self-funded and stars in this zombie film. In all honesty, too, it's actually a pretty decent film. It takes a while for a zombie to show up but I really enjoyed it.

I'm also going to throw in 'Cockneys Vs Zombies' (2012). I liked this film, it isn't one of my favourites, but I feel it's a classic depiction of what us Brits would do in a zombie apocalypse. "Oi, zombies. Get the f*** out of my East End!". Quite funny.

Sorry, I'm starting to feel really ill, this guy just randomly bit me earlier, hope I'm okay.....

I hope it's not contagious.

What's your zombie apocalypse plan?

See, I don't have a straight up plan for this no matter how much I think about it.
When I watch films or programmes, or even read the books, I ask myself 'why do they leave their homes?' I would love to stay in my house, go out occasionally for supplies, have my own bed, my own clothes, my own toothbrush...

But then I think, 'I live next to a cemetery'. How would that play out?

See, I work in a DIY store so I reckon I'd raid there for weapons. Next door to this shop is a car shop, so I'd grab supplies in there too for the car. On the way to said shops, hidden down a road is a gun shop (yes, in conservative, sunny Blighty) that would definitely fit in on route to the DIY store. Next to the shops is a massive food store - guess what? Yep. That's getting raided too.

Then there's the classic, 'Dawn of the Dead' 'let's go to a shopping centre' plan. Preferable Lakeside Shopping Centre, it's kind of hard to get to if you don't drive, so yes, it's in the middle of no where. It's next to a lake (I guess you presumed this by the name), so unless we have 'Land of the Dead' zombies that can walk under water we should be okay, there's clothes, food, toiletries, a chemist, beds in the home stores, more than one exit which I guess is a blessing and hindrance, toilets, even a chapel. The only thing would be clearing and securing the place, worked on bit by bit I reckon a good team could do it - that's hoping they are your classic shuffling zombies.

I think that's the sort of direction my plan would head. If I was left on my own I would probably stay at home and try and work life out in there.

So you're in the zombie apocalypse and you're only allowed to pack 3 things from your life right now, what would they be?

I presume you mean materialistic things, so first things first I'd grab my monkey teddy called 'Monks' I know he would be of no help (pragmatically) but he went everywhere with me as a child, he would be my safety blanket, the thing that made me feel comfortable. I could never leave him!

Secondly, my asthma pump - I don't want to die from an asthma attack in a zombie apocalypse. That would be embarrassing.

Lastly, a photo album of my family.

I would like a good book. I'd need something to help me escape for a while. I'm currently reading the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series (Game of Thrones) but I'd just steal these along the way somewhere!

In general though, of course I would take my mum, dad, my family, Geek Mash's very own Kayleigh's brother :), Kayleigh & her family, and my baby kitties Jinx and Minnie - I love them so much.

What would your zombie killing soundtrack be?

Funnily enough I was planning to do a blog post based around this. It's a tough question but I think I would pick:

Limp Bizkit - Ready To Go

Black Strobe - I'm A Man

Black Stone Cherry - Me And Mary Jane

Nirvana - In Bloom

Smashing Pumpkins - Zero

There are so many more I would add to this!

Whats your zombie apocalypse team?

'Daryl Dixon' from 'The Walking Dead' - his tracking skills are vital.
'Wreck-It Ralph' - I don't want to ruin the idea of a Disney character so let's just say he can totally wreck it/them.
'Mulan' because she was the original 'Michonne'
'Opie Winston' from 'Sons of Anarchy' - he's a beast and he can build and fix motorbikes and cars which is a very decent skill.
'Carol Peletier' from 'The Walking Dead' - because she bakes cookies and I love her.

I'm not feeling well at all....



(describe how you'd take me out :D )

Classic screw driver to the eye! The DIY employee in me has so much pent up rage through angry, idiotic customers whilst simultaneously paying homage to 'Andrea' in 'The Walking Dead'

Thanks for chatting!

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