Warm Bodies

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R is a zombie who thinks too much.

Then, one day, he suddenly falls in love. His cold undead life is getting warmer.

Bearing a title that seems taken from an 80’s X-Rated Movie and with a long praise (of the book) by Stephenie Meyer, writer of all-time bestseller “Twilight”, “Warm Bodies” is maybe overlooked by horror fans or “movie-goers” alike. And that’s a shame – really!

From a book by Isaac Marion (expanded from his novella “I’m a Zombie Filled With Love” http://www.burningbuilding.com/zombie.htm) and a movie adapted by Jonathan Levine, we’re deep in a classic “Love & Death” saga full of funny “life after death” one-liners (more in the movie) and scary set pieces (more in the book) .The film begins with R, a zombie with an “undead life complex”, that with his “zombie pack” (classic ones, slow but menacing) attack a group of civilians in search of supplies. In rampage, while eating out the brain of a guy, he sees the girl of his victim shooting at them and – bang! He falls in love (eating the brain also gives memories and feelings, like a drug for R because he can’t sleep or remember his previous life.). Then he starts to protect the girl instead of having her as dessert while his flesh his getting warmer and his hearth starts beating up again…

Without gory scenes (blood is at a minimum) and with more romance than scary jumps “Warm Bodies” plays the card of the cutie film with a lonesome “zombie boy” who stinks, could eat your cat in a blink and uses your brain to get high. And it succeeds. Nicholas Hoult is “handsome” not “boresome” and the cast is nice, even if the ending is more cheerful than in the book and the “Bonies” (rotting evil zombies transformed into demons craving for human life) are not used as a dark menace like the Army protecting the last human survivors. But don’t worry too much. The message in the book comes across and the movie is a nice watch. Leave the chainsaw at home, Leather Face, and take zombie girl with you. Death is fun if you still have a beating heart.


Maybe necrophilia is the new romantic twist. At the movies and on HBO vampires suck out girls need of romance while even zombies now seems a good shot at tweens hearts. Coming up next maybe Frankenstein as a “Prince Charming” in need of love, body parts and electric shocks. To give the dog a “bonie” we have to admit that “Warm Bodies” (film and novel) is a funny idea played nicely to please. If you’re in the mood of a strange kind of romance you should give it a try. Love is everywhere. Relax and enjoy.

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Gino Udina (Milano, 1970) is an Italian writer of Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Cinema. In 1993 - at 23 - he created, written and edited (for five years) his own 94 pages monthly black and white comic book bestseller "DEMONHUNTER": a saga about a NYC superhero vice cop versus lots of demon villains, published by "Xenia Edizioni". That was followed by a lasting collaboration with "Sergio Bonelli Editore", while having teaching duties (storytelling 101 classes) at the art school "Magnolia Italia". In 2002 he created with Fabio Bono, artist for the French market with books under his belt like "Confessions d'un Templier" (Soleil) and "Cathares" (Glénat), the children comic book "TAO", published by "Messaggero dei Ragazzi" - now under animation treatment. While working for other publishers as editor and translator, he joined in 2010 the new French publisher "Physalis" for a bold collection of hard boiled graphic novels. With renowned artist Salvatore Improda made "TIGRE BLANC: L'ORGANIZATSYA": a crime drama set in the Russian underworld that came out at the end of September 2012. He also wrote a movie for the American market: "HELLINGER". A horror sponsored by Troma entertainment (available on the Amazon stores). He's now writing the conclusion of Tigre Blanc and a children book that will come out in 2014.