|Ellis' normal reaction to movies: "Z."|
At first, we didn’t realize we had a problem. Ellis normally takes a very casual approach to television and movies, as shown in the two pictures at right. At this point, some TV show was on. I don't recall the content, but it was not about zombies. (Continue to scroll down for more copy).
|"This movie sucks."|
|"This is getting good."|
When I put on a zombie movie DVD a short time later, Ellis perked up. I noticed him watching the movie but didn't think anything of it at first. But a half hour later, he was still watching, and that's when I grabbed my camera. At right, he's checking out the main characters as they discuss what to do about a zombie problem.
Any scene that had motion particularly interested him, especially those featuring close-ups of birds or bugs. In the picture at right, he’s trying to spot something or other that was crawling along the ground. Cats are notorious for having a short attention span, but Ellis remained glued to the tube for the entire presentation.
|Artmemis the Siamese finds Nemo|
|"These people need to bring on some zombies."|
A few nights later I put on another zombie movie, and got a similar reaction. Ellis enjoyed the entire flick. Every now and then, if the action lulled, he might put his head down, but he never took his eyes off the screen.
|"That's more like it. Get after that zombie."|
When the action picked up, so did his interest.
|"Are we gonna talk or are we gonna have some action in this flick?"|
Every few minutes, he’d jump down to the cushion for a closer view.
|"There goes a zombie bug. I'm gonna get it."|
And birds and bugs still were his favorite characters.
|Ellis gets comfy|
From time to time Ellis would experiment with new positions on the couch, trying to get comfortable and still see the screen.
|"Don't pet me, I'm watchin' the zombies."|
This went on for a while, over the course of several movies. When my wife Deborah was home, sometimes she’d grab him in an attempt to love him up. Ellis normally was quite affectionate, but if a zombie movie was on, his attention would wane, as shown at right.
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