Zombie Finger Exchange Rate

The Quick and the Undead

In The Quick and the Undead (2006) — an Old Western/Modern Zombie mash-up that spins the tile of 1995’s The Quick and the Dead — YET ANOTHER viral outbreak results in 75% of the world’s population being recycled into skin-snacking zombies. Bounty hunters roam the land collecting zombie fingers as a means to pay the rent. How these things are considered a medium of exchange is beyond my financial grasp.

The Quick and the Undead

The bounty hunters look like they came from the Old West, with one guy doing a pretty decent Clint Eastwood impression. Everyone is wearing leather chaps, old time cowboy hats and packing six-shooters. Only thing missing is a zombie stagecoach and/or saloon with swinging wooden doors.

The Qucik and the Undead

He lures the undead with fresh human meat and picks ’em off as though shooting at carnival ducks. But another bounty hunter and his gang of three is upset because their hunting territory has been infringed upon. So they shoot him, cut off his finger (hey, it counts) and take his hat and cool leather cowboy coat. But the guy isn’t quite dead despite being shot in the gut area and having been bitten by a zombie.The Quick and the Undead

It’s not explained, but he developed a resistance to the viral infection. Harder, though, to build up resistance to bullets. So he tracks his “killers” down to shoot them and reclaim his money fingers.

Along the way hordes of zombies follow the kitchen-fresh scent of the living, with both situations converging for a classic old style showdown. One unlucky meal/human, gets chewed into while still alive, and before he expires, utters “choke on it,” an homage to the same line in 1985’s Day of the Dead. Thank you for remembering.

The Quick and the Undead

P.S. Even though she took the title, author Kimberly Raye’s meh-selling book The Quick and the Undead (2014) has cowboys, but no zombies. Instead, she frames vampires as the protagonists.

Cowboys & Vampires

P.P.S. Kimberly meh or meh not have gotten the “idea” from 2010’s Cowboys & Vampires (aka, Dead West).

P.P.P.S. Just to be safe, do NOT let Kimberly sit behind you in class.

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