Choose the Right Vehicle for the Job

Even a well prepared undead survivalist can get caught with their guard down.

You’re at your in-laws for the holidays or you have to go out of town for work, and while your away from your secure nest outfitted with food and guns the outbreak starts, spreading rapidly through the streets.

Staying put until the worst of it burns out may not be an option if your family is back home or you think your chances of surviving in your current location are worse then trying to get moving.

So what do you do?

It depends a lot on where you are and what’s between you and your target destination.

Best Case Scenario – You’re out in the country and the land between you and “home” is fairly open farmland or other non forested land.

Vehicle Choice: 4×4 Truck

This is the best case scenario because you’ve got the ability to go off road if you need to, and the ground will let you use a fully enclosed 4×4 with a closed cab. Look for something with big tires and full time four wheel drive.

Mid Case Scenario – You’re out in the country but the ground is covered in woods and rough terrain.

Vehicle Choice: 4 Wheeler

This option will let you get through smaller trails a full sized truck couldn’t, while still giving you the forgiveness a four wheel platform provides. You can carry a decent amount of gear and still outrun the undead.

Worst Case Scenario – You’re in a well developed town or inside a city.

Vehicle Choice : Motocross Motercycle

Basically you’re screwed. The number of people around you his huge, and the streets are packed with undead and stalled out cars. Your only choice is to grab a cycle and wind your way out of town until you can get into more open country.  The motorcycle is the highest risk vehicle when the outbreak comes.  It’s easy to be pulled off the bike by groping hands, and that is only a small part of the danger.  Take a spill on blood soaked ground, or simply giver her too much gas, and you might be lying on the ground, bleeding and broken as the horde descends on you for an easy meal.



Tueller Drill

Great data to know.

How far away does a runner have to be for you to successfully draw and shoot? You might be surprised at just how much time it takes you to put a bullet on target.

Sergeant Dennis Tueller, of the Salt Lake City Police was able to show that it takes an average shooter 1.5 seconds to draw and fire.  He then showed that an assailant running at you (at 14 ft per second) can cover the ground between you and put a knife, or in our case, teeth, into you in that same 1.5 seconds.

Basically, if your weapon is holstered, anything within a twenty one foot circle has the potential to get to you before you can kill it.  Kinda scary when you think about it.

Instructions on how to measure your reaction time without a rig:

Many thanks again to John for the links!!

Salty Dogs

It starts a little slow, but builds from there.

I love the posters on the wall behind them – note what’s on them and the way he starts to flashback to whatever happened before. Very well done.

This one definetly gets an A+ in terms of the quality and action.  It is well worth the 10 minutes to watch it.

A little sad when all he wants to do is reach her ring, but probably realistic.

I hope Dee kicks the crap out of them at the end – the hot girl should survive.

Many thanks to John for providing the link.

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (3 Out of 5 Graves)

This was another of those movies that I was really excited to see. The ads looked awesome, and the premise seemed to supply plenty of opportunities for awesome action.

True to its promise, it starts out at a boil but then cools off.  I think the director got caught up in the artistic, need to humanize the main character trap, and instead of giving us a view of her humanity, he destroyed the character.

Her father has been training her to kill since she was a toddler. She is fearless and strong, trained by a master of his trade, but she blurts out critical details of her plan to hapless bystanders, and makes several stupid mistakes.

The movie tries to be brutal, but then shies away at being truly brutal.  I’m not saying that would have made the movie better, but it felt a bit schizophrenic.  Its Chloe Grace Moretz as a “Kick Ass” teenager, its a touchy feely movie about Hanna’s self realization, and its a cautionary tale about seeking revenge at any cost.

Balancing those things out is a hard thing to do.  The movie was enjoyable, but it was a low three.  At least it was better than Sucker Punch…


13 Assassins (2010)

13 Assassins (2 Out of 5 Graves)
First of all, this is a long movie at over two hours. And it has what is a well constructed plot detailed through lots of dialogue (in subtitles), which would be fine, but the wheels turn a bit too slow. It appears to be very accurate in terms of the time period, but it suffers because it becomes difficult to tell good guys from bad guys at times.

This is aggravated by the fact that because its in subtitles, it is hard at times to tell who is saying what, making it even harder to figure out who is who. All the main characters dress in dark clothes, and even when the main “good guy” Shinzaemon gets put in a gray patterned top, it is so quickly covered in blood that its hard to tell which he is.

Ultimately I gave this movie a two because it was long and while the fighting was cool it was the kind that is hard to follow. Lots of super fast swings and tons of people milling about.  In the end, it didn’t make a lot of sense, other than maybe they didn’t want to use firearms to kill their primary target.  Clearly they had the chance about half way through the movie when Naritsugu was halted from taking the quicker route home.

I would have shot him and cut the movie in half. (But it would have been a two for different reasons then I guess)


Hunter Prey (2010)

Hunter Prey (2 Out of 5 Graves)

So what makes the difference between a ranking of one versus a ranking of 2?

It comes down to simple distinction. I have to force myself to finish watching a movie that gets only a one, but a two means I can at least watch it without having to do more than drink a beer and wonder how it got approved to be made.

The story had a nice little twist, but it still felt like eating a ham sandwhich with no ham in it – something was just missing.  When watching the movie and trying to figure out where they stole their props is one of the highlights, you know they missed out on a few other critical pieces.

I think the helmets belonged to Boba Fett and the rifles appear to be spray painted and slightly modified Nerf Guns.