“A Plague So Pleasant” Movie Review

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I had the pleasure of watching an incredible zombie movie yesterday…for free! That’s right: A Plague So Pleasant can be downloaded for free, or you can stream it and watch it right on their website: http://aplaguesopleasant.com/ It’s a full length indie film, and the budget was less than $3,000. I’m impressed that they made such a quality film with a minuscule budget.

The acting was well done, and the special effects were great, but the best part was the unique story. I’ve never seen a zombie movie quite like this one. The zombies are fascinating because they aren’t violent unless you provoke them. The story starts off one year after the zombie apocalypse began. At first, the zombies were violent when they were being slaughtered, but everyone eventually figured out that the zombies became docile if they were left alone. The violence of the initial outbreak only lasted twelve hours, but two billion people were killed by the half-day zombie conflict.

Fast forward to one year after the zombies started showing up, and the walking corpses are literally everywhere. They loiter in people’s front yards, and they plant themselves in the middle of roads, much to the frustration of commuters trying to make it to work on time. Zombies are more of a nuisance than a threat. It’s actually a felony to shoot a zombie because if a walking corpse is harmed, they will all attack. Unfortunately, the zombies keep multiplying because if you die of natural causes, you just get up again and shuffle the earth as one of the undead. Basically, zombies have replaced death. Humans are comfortable with the undead shuffling among them because the zombies actually prefer oats to brains, so people have nothing to fear…unless the zombies are provoked.

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Everything seems fine in this pleasant post-apocalyptic world, but the plot thickens when the main character decides that it’s time for his little sister to get over her obsession with her undead boyfriend. Mia is a beautifully endearing young woman, who can’t seem to accept the fact that her boyfriend is dead. Before her boyfriend became zombified, she was madly in love with him, and she didn’t take his death well. It’s much easier to accept the death of a loved one when they’re not wandering around in the mangled body of the person you once loved.

Instead of cemeteries, there are zombie reserves, which are basically fenced in areas where the undead roam. Mia visits her zombie boyfriend twice a week, and she talks to him as if he’s still alive. It broke my heart when she ran up to him and lovingly exclaimed, “You haven’t decomposed at all this week!” Zombies don’t talk, and they certainly don’t understand humans, but that doesn’t stop Mia from holding one-sided conversations with her dead boyfriend. They were together three years before the zombies invaded, and she just never got over him. Mia’s older brother, Clay, decides that she has been stuck in a fantasy world long enough, and he takes matters into his own hands. I don’t want to give away anything, so you can enjoy it when you watch it for yourself (for free!!).

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The makeup artist, Tylar Carver, was only seventeen years old when they started filming A Plague So Pleasant. She taught herself how to do zombie makeup by watching Youtube tutorials. I am really impressed with her work! The zombies were very well done. One of the coolest scenes in the movie involved a zombie whose eyes were gouged out, so he relied on only his hearing to stalk his prey. It was a nail-biting scene! The zombies in the movie are slow, just awkwardly milling around or swaying in place. But after they are provoked, they turn into crazed, running, screaming, arm-flailing corpses. It’s quite extraordinary. I highly recommend this movie to any zombie fan. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch A Plague So Pleasant on their website while it’s still free!

http://aplaguesopleasant.com/

I give A Plague So Pleasant 5 out of 5 brains.

Jordan’s Brains: A Zombie Evolution is Free on Kindle!

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Jordan’s Brains: A Zombie Evolution is free on Kindle August 17th and 18th!

Jordan’s Brains follows the journey of a psychotic yet friendly zombie expert whose gender is never revealed. Having prepared for the zombie apocalypse since childhood, Jordan is thrilled when hordes of the infected undead finally invade. With a bug-out bag and a confident grin, Jordan leaves the safety of the psychiatric hospital and wanders alone into the zombie-infested streets to rescue family and strangers alike. Everything seems perfect until Jordan’s loved ones start dying, and Jordan has to face the harsh reality that the zombie apocalypse isn’t going according to plan.

http://www.amazon.com/Jordans-Brains-Evolution-Cornell-Michel/dp/1482313502/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376773274&sr=1-1

See what fellow zombies fans are saying about Jordan’s Brains:

Loved this book. Not as brutal and gory as most of the zombie books I’ve read, but it really didn’t need to be. Really funny at times, but more so in the beginning before things get serious. This book sets up all the traditional ‘rules’ of zombie literature and then knocks them down, including what exactly constitutes being a zombie. I suspect that, like myself, the author gets annoyed with the people that are hung up on what zombies ‘have to’ be and the way they ‘have to’ act. To me, the things that were different about this book were part of what made it great.

The main character was fantastic and I loved that, in another of the book’s breaks with tradition, you never found out his or her gender. (Review by Ian McClellan, author “Zombie Apocalypse 2012: A Political Horror Story” – aka the funniest zombie book of all time!)

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–Okay, here is the straight scoop on “Jordans Brains: A Zombie Evolution”

I LOVED it!!

Oh, you want more? Okay, not a problem. Without any spoilers, let’s see what I can do.

Jordan lives in the nut-hatch, and has a life-long obsession with Zombies. Sounds like a pretty good recipe so far, right? Oh, it gets even better!

Jordan has run countless Zombie drills in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse, so when the Zombies make their appearance, Jordan is ready to rock and roll.

Jordan is constantly being forked by the fickle finger of Fate as the Zombie Apocalypse progresses, but with steadfast determination….. Ummm, okay, let me be honest. It isn’t steadfast determination that keeps Jordan going, CRAZINESS is the fuel that fires Jordan’s cylinders!

As more stress is piled onto the already unstable structure of Jordan’s mind, and the truth about the origin of the Zombies is made clear, Jordan begins to lose all semblance of sanity, and we get a deep, dark glimpse of Jordan’s Brains!

I have never read a Zombie tale like this one. It was a roller-coaster ride of fun, fear, and flat-out lunacy. I recommend this book for any ages between twelve and the coffin.

This is NOT your every day tale of shambling corpses. Rated “R” for READ IT RIGHT NOW! (Review by Cedric Nye, author of “The Road to Hell is Paved with Zombies” and “Jango’s Anthem” – two very powerful zombie novels that are a must-read for any zombie fan).

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I would like to start this review by saying that I loved this book! And that is important because I watch all things zombie, but I’ve never been the hugest fan of “evolved” zombies- that is, thinkers, weapon handlers or ones who fall in love. My preference is for fast or slow zombies who crave flesh.

That being said, I can’t count the number of times I laughed out loud, found myself relating to people and situations, and was surprised by the twists in Jordan’s Brains. It is definitely not your typical zombie tale! J. Cornell Michel did an outstanding job getting, keeping and holding my interest. I found myself invested in characters and even rooting for “the bad guys.”

Now for the story…

Jordan’s Brains is told in the first person of Jordan, a mental patient, who has been waiting anxiously to play a part in the zombie apocalypse. When it finally comes, Jordan is ready, or at least thinks so, despite the character’s assumptions and “knowledge” of zombies.

Jordan was a really fun, unique character to be in the mind of. I even found myself identifying with Jordan’s selflessness, courage, (and admittedly) Jordan’s twisted sense of humor. For example, Jordan’s mental condition is often times used as an icebreaker or as a joke with complete strangers, who naturally get a little freaked out and withdraw nervously. Then there’s the always-upbeat Jordan who takes everything in stride and is always looking to help others- often times to a fault.

When the story takes off, it doesn’t slow down. Jordan’s east coast journey is filled with hope, devastation, resolve and will to survive and thrive (in more ways than you might think). With each page I learned more about Jordan’s mental state, and to be honest I didn’t know what was real and what might be made up- I had my suspicions, but I won’t say whether I was right or wrong- in any case, kudos to Michel for creating the suspense and uncertainty. These days, it’s not easy to keep an audience guessing, but the way Michel writes and describes situations gives the reader possibilities to choose wether the events are actually happening or are taking place in Jordan’s mind.

The last point I will address is Jordan’s sex. Purposefully, the reader never learns whether Jordan is male or female, but as you will discover for yourself, it doesn’t matter. I say that because in my opinion, it is about Jordan’s personality, ideology, morality and mentality. As Michel points out in the end, it is up to us to decide if Jordan is a man or woman.

To sum it up, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh read. Michel, if you’re reading this, I am very impressed by your ability to create scenes, characters and drama. More than a few times I found myself shocked when the story went a completely opposite direction than I anticipated. I think that your “tweak” on the zombie genre is not only fitting and refreshing, but gives a unique and new perspective to it. (Review by A.S. Thompson, author of “The Longest Road” and “The Change” – these two zombie books have everything: action, humor, and a little romance!).

Check out Jordan’s Brains on Amazon and pick up your free copy on Kindle today: http://www.amazon.com/Jordans-Brains-Zombie-Evolution-ebook/dp/B00DB9IUPO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top