In the 1960’s a virus was let out into the media and since then it has taken hold of the creative properties – ZOMBIES!! They have a hold on everything from books, video games, cinema to our television. They are implanted into our pop culture and are a rampant topic in the entertainment industry.
Dead, greyish, smelly, and with a taste for human flesh! They represent a symbol of threat that is effortlessly mapped on our genuine threats of the day: recession, epidemics, terrorism in all its forms, and common unhappiness.
There is no reason to be around them but they are loved. Night Of The Living Dead by George A Romero, spawned a variety of zombie movies: Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slum Dog Millionaire) put pure terror back with 28 Days Later. A decade before making Lord Of The Rings, Peter Jackson made the low-budget Dead Alive, the most gruesome movie of all time. Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) pulled a magnificent feat that rarely happens – a remake of Dawn Of The Dead just as good as the original. Hits such as Zombieland (comedy) Resident Evil (video game turned movie), Warm Bodies (paranormal romance), AMC’s The Walking Dead (comic to television), and the upcoming World War Z. It’s never ending.
But still, why are they fascinating? Actually, zombies are a mere catalyst. The real fascination is surviving the apocalypse, playing the odds, making your own rules. The persons you dislike get bitten… you bash their head in. Everything is for the taking.