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Amy Severson: on World War Z and real zombie movies

moving the podcast – chat from July 24, 2013

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World War Z is the first zombie book I ever read – and I loved it. So good. When the movie came out, I tweeted for someone willing to chat it up with me, and Amy Severson replied. I’d long been plotting how to get her on the podcast, and she literally volunteers! Not only is she funny and awesome and completely zombie knowledgeable, but she knows how to tell a great story herself. Her zombie and robot short stories are just magnificent!

Here we talk about the movie in relation to the book, what we loved, and what we wanted more of. Amy also schools me on what makes a real zombie movie.

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“…but one zombie, when you actually get a chance to…look in it’s eyes…
and see it for what it really is…that’s terrifying.”

0:00 ~ Amy Severson, zombie expert
2:45 ~ “I love being scared”
5:30 ~ a zombie movie for people who aren’t into zombies
8:20 ~ a book-sized hole in our hearts
13:20 ~ personal stakes & real zombie movies
20:00 ~ PG-13 zombies
25:00 ~ “inspired” by the book
30:35 ~ tacked-on act 3, or finally getting it right?
36:15 ~ mainstream endings & crappy sequels

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Connect with Amy
on her blog FixitorDeal.wordpress.com
on her Tumbler Hey Girl, Daryl Dixon
on Twitter @AmyDeeinNYC
on Pinterest AmySeverson
on Instagram amycseverson

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References
World War Z
The Conjuring (this trailer scared the crap out of me)
28 Days Later
The Day After Tomorrow
Gravity
Shawn of the Dead
Zombieland
Max Brooks
Contagion
original ending explained (Movies.com)

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