Post 7 in my countdown to my release Dead Things, due out this Saturday. I'm going to start of with a further excerpt from the story.
From Chapter 9
Devin froze. Noah's warm hands on his face and the feel of Noah's mouth smothering his left him wide-eyed with surprise. He didn't know what to do. He didn't return the kiss. He simply stood and let Noah kiss him. It was strange. Noah held and kissed him so gently. He could feel stubble scratching against his face, and a familiar warmth radiated from within him. It took a moment before he found the strength to stop what was happening, and pushed against Noah's chest as he sought freedom. "I can't," he said and turned his face away. It was too soon. "I'm sorry. I just can't."
"I'm sorry," Noah apologized as he pulled away his hands. "I just—"
Devin held up his hand. "Don't, please." He pressed his other hand to his mouth, the feel of the kiss lingered on his lips. He missed having that. He missed having someone to kiss.
"Did I hurt you?" Noah asked, concerned.
"No. No, you didn't."
"You miss him."
He wasn't going to deny it. Devin sadly smiled as he looked at Noah. The guy just wanted to feel something, he figured. Just like everybody else in this decaying world. "It's complicated." For the second time tonight, he had betrayed Connor. He just wasn't sure which betrayal was worse.
"He wouldn't want you to be alone," Noah stated and moved closer, resting his hands on Devin's waist.
Devin closed his eyes, savoring for a moment the warm touch of Noah's hands through his T-shirt. Connor wouldn't want him to be alone, he knew that was true. It was just hard, because knowing it was one thing, accepting it meant something else. It meant Connor was gone. It meant he was moving on.
"You're not dishonoring his memory. You won't forget him."
With a steadying breath, Devin reached down and wrapped his hands around Noah's wrists. He hesitated a moment as he opened his eyes and raised them to meet Noah's. Noah had a look on his face Devin couldn't quite make out. Was he disappointed? "I can't do this right now. It's been a long day. Just go, Noah. Please," he said calmly. It wasn't Noah's fault, and Devin didn't want to encourage him or give him false hope. Nothing was going to happen between them. Not here, and not now.
Noah slowly pulled back his hands and stood uncomfortably in front of Devin. He seemed embarrassed.
"Get some sleep," Devin suggested. "Okay?"
Noah gave a short nod. "Of course." His eyes lingered on Devin's.
"Goodnight," Devin prompted and waited. He needed some space.
"Yeah, you too." Finally, Noah turned on his heel and left the room.
As the door closed behind Noah, Devin sank to the bed and held his head in his hands. He was so damn tired.
7. Dawn of the Dead (remake)
Dawn of the Dead is the story of a handful of survivors who come together in a shopping mall. Overnight, everything goes to shit and zombies are walking around ready to chomp on any unsuspecting soul. The mixed bag of survivors have to deal with the zombies outside wanting to come in, but also the growing issues and division within the group itself.
Kenneth: Is everyone there dead?
Steve: Yeah, in the sense that they all, sort of, fell down, and then... got up and... started eating each other.
Dawn of the Dead has always been my favourite of the original Romero movies (and possibly all classic zombie movies). However, like a lot of horror movies over the last few years, I've enjoyed the update. A lot of the old horror movies, though they will always be classics, some are very dated, so it's nice to see them get a tummy tuck and a boob job and reinvent themselves.
To be fair apart from the whole shopping mall setting, it is a very different film with a different feel. And obviously, the modern take was able to bring zombies up to date, make them faster and more violent, the gore ickier, but still held true to Romero's movie and influence.
Ana: The bleeding's not gonna stop on its own. I need to stich his arm.
CJ: What are you, a fucking doctor?
Ana: No, I'm a fucking nurse.
I wrote over at Rj Scott's blog how I love female leads who are strong willed and yet still vulnerable, so the main female character, Ana, was great to see being capable of looking after herself, but still be completely lost with everything going on and the loss of her husband. Ving Rhames is just awesome in everything he does (even if what he's in isn't that awesome *whispers* Day of the Dead remake) - I thought he was great in Con Air and Pulp Fiction and loved the Piranha update. Also in the movie is the actor Jake Weber, who I happened to name my character of Noah after in Dead Things. I loved this guy when he was in American Gothic, so at the time, 2004 (wow time flies) it was great to see him in this. Plus Lindy Booth and Kevin Zegers from Wrong Turn :)
There's nothing overly deep about this movie. It's just a great zombie movie.