by Jessica Marshall
"Warm Bodies" hits theaters this week, giving you the zomromcom you didn't know you were dying to see. (Romance between a human and a shambling, decomposing, brain-eating zombie? Hot!)
Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class") stars as R, a hoodie-clad, animated corpse with an appetite for flesh, great taste in music and an oddly self-aware inner monologue. He lives in an airport full of fellow zombies and laments his aimless lifestyle until he meets the living, breathing girl of his dreams (Teresa Palmer), which ignites a chain of unlikely events that really shake things up in this post-apocalyptic world.
But before you shamble out to the theaters, here are five things you really must do first:
Watch a zombie movie marathon
"Warm Bodies" kind of turns the traditional zombie mythology on its head, but at the same time still pays a bit of homage to the classics. Two films to consider watching are George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" and Simon Pegg's "Shaun of the Dead."
Read the book
The movie is based on a book of the same name by Isaac Marion, another author a la Stephenie Meyer who made waves in the literary world by mixing romance with monsters. The book (and the film) also has a slight Shakespearean flair, with a few underlying nods to "Romeo and Juliet" in the plot.
See what all the zombie fuss is about. But we're talking about gelatin brains, of course. Enjoy the traditional zombie fare without the real mess (and fatal implications). Go buy a brain (or other body part-shaped) mold and some flavored gelatin (the redder the better!), and serve it up during your zombie movie marathon.
Create a post-apocalyptic playlist
Despite the inability to remember his name or really even talk, R is a bit of a music snob who maintains an impressive classic rock collection in his airport abode. The world as we know it may have ended, but good music doesn't have to die with it, right? If the zombie apocalypse started right now, what music would you want to have on hand? Better put together a playlist just in case! (Or you can always check out the official "Warm Bodies" playlist on Spotify.)
Practice your zombie moves
With the exception of R, your average zombie seems pretty dumb. You can fool them and survive simply by pretending that you are one. So get practicing. If a zombie apocalypse doesn't actually happen, maybe you can use those chops to sharpen your dancing skills. It does require a bit of dexterity to shamble, especially if you're wearing heels.