In the 2009 Norwegian zombie romp Dead Snow, a group of university students heads off to an isolated mountain cabin for spring break. After a local kook stops by to warn them of potential doom, the gang is attacked by frozen Nazi zombies who stop at nothing to rip them limb from limb.
Despite the fact that they’re separated from civilization and can’t call for help or easily escape, and despite the fact that they seem unable to defend themselves against their undead attackers, the students have one key survival advantage that you probably won’t when facing down your own zombie menace: they are all good friends.
Zombies wait for no one, and they’re certainly not going to stand back while you gather your ideal survival team. When it’s time to fight for your life, the person by your side is just as likely to be someone you’ve never seen before as it is an old friend, a coworker, or even a casual acquaintance.
On paper your team might look like the perfect combination of skill, brains and brawn, but what if you’re across town when the zombie plague hits? What if you’re in a different city altogether? Where are your team members right now?
When it comes to zombie survival, improvisation will be the rule of the day. Counting on a rigid plan that requires an specific set of contributors is a recipe for disaster.