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6 Reasons People Love Zombie Flicks - The curious appeal of the living dead.
PJ Lifestyle ^ | 7-3-2012 | John Hawkins

Posted on 07/17/2012 6:22:49 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot

(Now for some lighter side fun.)

28 Days Later. Resident Evil. Land of the Dead. Deadgirl. Army of Darkness. The Walking Dead. Fido. Dead Snow. Planet Terror. Evil Dead 2. Dawn of the Dead. Zombieland. Shaun of the Dead — the list just goes on and on. Everybody seems to LOVE zombie films — but why? What exactly is so intriguing to people about the idea of being stalked by dead people who want to eat their brains after a worldwide apocalypse? Simple: zombie movies cater to a whole range of deeply rooted human desires. It may be an apocalypse for the world, but for the moviegoer picturing himself in the middle of it all, it’s finally his chance to shine.

1) You can plausibly be the hero. The problem with most action flicks is that the average person has trouble picturing himself as the hero. He doesn’t have special training or powers. He’s not a CIA operative, a Navy SEAL, a gunfighter, or a mutant. So the idea of taking on a gang of Die Hard-style terrorists or fighting with a sword against the medieval equivalent of Chuck Liddell in a film like Gladiator is completely outside of his reality.

On the other hand, zombies are most often portrayed as extremely slow and stupid, yet still dangerous. That makes zombies an enemy that the average restaurant manager or accountant feels like he could realistically handle. Every man, in his heart, wants to be a hero. He wants to be John Wayne, he wants to be Rambo, he wants to be Bruce Lee. In a world filled with zombies, that’s an achievable goal.

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I like reason #6 best.
1 posted on 07/17/2012 6:22:52 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

“zombies are most often portrayed as extremely slow and stupid, yet still dangerous.”

Zombies sound a lot like Obama supporters.


2 posted on 07/17/2012 6:37:43 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
Zombies sound a lot like Obama supporters.

Exactly, and that's why they are so popular lately.

Liberals act like they are brain dead...their movements and opinions are not based on rational thinking or practical experience.

Zombies or pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers are both apt metaphors for helping us understand and express our feelings about what is happening in our world and country.

As an aside, I have also wondered if Libs are suffering from some kind of collective form of demonic possession (I particularly think of this when I hear Juan Williams defend Obama).;-)

3 posted on 07/17/2012 6:59:35 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: ETL

Exactly!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpU8sX10_4


4 posted on 07/17/2012 7:00:12 AM PDT by HerrBlucher ("The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers." GK Chesterton)
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To: Sir Napsalot

America is a land of Zombies as we have elected the Zombie Prezzy in Obama. His followers lead him blindly off the cliff.


5 posted on 07/17/2012 7:00:36 AM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: ETL
Zombies sound a lot like Obama supporters.

Only smarter.

6 posted on 07/17/2012 7:01:14 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: ETL

Oh yeah?

Then explain why liberals like zombie movies too.


7 posted on 07/17/2012 7:10:13 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Let’s be honest here: Zombies, and the Zombie Apocalypse, are the socially-acceptable symbols of the just-barely subconscious fear of getting over-run by the useless eaters of society. . . .


8 posted on 07/17/2012 7:12:43 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: CholeraJoe; Delta 21; Nikas777; NoAmnesty; Yorlik803; TheOldLady; The Comedian; OB1kNOb; ...

9 posted on 07/17/2012 7:13:41 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: Sir Napsalot
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10 posted on 07/17/2012 7:19:59 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: Sir Napsalot
The zombies represent the parasitic underclass in America. Zombies are the welfare queens, the gangsters, the punk-a$$es, and the drug dealers that inhabit the inner city. The zombie movies play on the fear that the hard working decent Americans have of being overwhelmed by the demands of the parasitic class, and eventually overrun by it.
11 posted on 07/17/2012 7:28:38 AM PDT by Jay Redhawk (Stevens, Remington, and Mossberg all make good zombie blasters.)
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To: ZX12R

12 posted on 07/17/2012 7:28:56 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
"On the other hand, zombies are most often portrayed as extremely slow and stupid, yet still dangerous. That makes zombies an enemy that the average restaurant manager or accountant feels like he could realistically handle."

I like my zombies on the slow side. I can't deal with those quick-moving "rage" zombies.

13 posted on 07/17/2012 7:40:21 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Sir Napsalot

People love to see a movie of fake liberals getting their heads taken off.


14 posted on 07/17/2012 7:45:40 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Salgak
Hubby and I were bored one weekend, so we decided to try The Walking Dead which was free on our streaming Netflix. My daughter had said it was good, and it has good reviews; but, neither one of us are into the "zombie" genre. So, I said if we don't like it, we can stop watching.

Well, we got hooked, so now I am a fan of The Walking Dead. My husband has decided that he thinks these type of programs are rather like the "red scare" type of movies that we were seeing in the 40's and 50's. That it is a way of playing out our fears of total societal collapse.

15 posted on 07/17/2012 7:51:01 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: CatherineofAragon
"I like my zombies on the slow side. I can't deal with those quick-moving "rage" zombies."

Yeah if one is a stickler for Zombie lore "Rage" Zombies (A.K.A. Boyle Zombies as in Danny Boyle 28 Days/Weeks Later) aren't really Zombies. They are classified as "infected".

They don't "die" and come back to life like traditional "Romero Zombies" (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, etc.)

But both are terrifying and "Rage" Zombies are actually a viable threat. We are already seeing attacks of "Bath Salt/Rage Zombies" in several States in the USA. Fortunately these "Bath Salt" Zombies can't pass on their affliction by biting. But some whack job engineering a super rabies virus that can be passed by bite or scratch is a very real threat.

16 posted on 07/17/2012 7:57:08 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: LibertarianLiz
And they are coming back in October! Rick and his gang will take the prison!
17 posted on 07/17/2012 8:33:27 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, Sadly Not the Presidency It Seems)
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To: Sir Napsalot

My all time favorite quote on Zombies from the movie “The Ghost Breakers”:

Bob Hope: You live here?

Richard Carlson: Yes.

Bob Hope: Well, maybe you know what a zombie is?

Richard Carlson: When a person dies and is buried, it seems a certain voodoo priest will have the power to bring him back to life.

Paulette Goddard: That’s horrible!

Richard Carlson: It’s worse than horrible, because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them some times, walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring.

Bob Hope: You mean, like Democrats?


18 posted on 07/17/2012 8:56:40 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: LibertarianLiz; Sybeck1

Same here. I would never in a million years have thought I would enjoy anything like that, but...Netflix can have that effect.

I was looking for something to watch (I do enjoy apocalyptic movies such as “The Omega Man” and so on, but not really zombie movies) and came across “The Walking Dead”.

I got hooked. I loved the way they developed the characters. Very stereotypical, but...it engaged me.


19 posted on 07/17/2012 9:00:31 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: bmwcyle

Hahahahahah! Good post!


20 posted on 07/17/2012 9:01:53 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: rlmorel
Yes, I think that is what hooked me -- the characters. When you come down to it, it really is a character-driven show. It is also written so well, that you could actually believe that this is something that could happen.

The only question I have is, if this is something that "everyone" has (like a virus), then how did "everyone" get it? Was our government experimenting with something that went drastically wrong? Or, was this a chemical warfare type of thing that was released by terrorists on our soil?

21 posted on 07/17/2012 9:08:14 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Sybeck1

Yep, looking forward to it. The “Governor” arrives.


22 posted on 07/17/2012 9:09:25 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Mad Dawgg; CatherineofAragon

So what is the best way to fight ‘rage’ zombies? (If you can’t outrun them, that is.)


23 posted on 07/17/2012 9:16:54 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: rlmorel

I agree - a character driven show that just happens to involve zombies.

The same show could be Roman citizens fleeing the barbarian hordes that they cannot communicate with and only want to kill them; fleeing towards Rome - only to find that Rome has fallen, people giving up hope, others determined to go on - some willing to do anything to survive - others determined to hold onto civilization.


24 posted on 07/17/2012 9:20:41 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I love zombie movies too but the high speed ones do stretch my use of Coleridge’s suspension of disbelief. Only fresh zombies could produce such speed but only in a very limited burst. Older high speed zombies would run out of their skin and muscles and fall apart.


25 posted on 07/17/2012 9:28:10 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

26 posted on 07/17/2012 9:38:13 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Sir Napsalot
Long range:

Short Range;

Close Range:

Wear protection against blood spatter...!

But of course there is the "Ripley Method"


27 posted on 07/17/2012 9:42:04 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I like flamethrowers.


28 posted on 07/17/2012 9:48:27 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Good point. Which raises the question, would zombies be a temporary threat? In other words, would they eventually just disintegrate? I believe so.


29 posted on 07/17/2012 9:49:39 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CatherineofAragon

That’s one glaring plot hole I have to ignore. Just thinking about how fast the skin and muscle around the jaw decomposes compared to the rest of the body would make all of them useless within a matter of days at most. About all they could do would be slow slam dances.


30 posted on 07/17/2012 10:00:05 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: ETL
Zombies sound a lot like Obama supporters.

Yep.


31 posted on 07/17/2012 10:05:09 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1273 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Sir Napsalot
So what is the best way to fight ‘rage’ zombies? (If you can’t outrun them, that is.)


32 posted on 07/17/2012 10:11:34 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1273 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: RandallFlagg

Please ping me on the zombie threads! Thanks.


33 posted on 07/17/2012 10:16:32 AM PDT by angelrod
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To: Sir Napsalot

34 posted on 07/17/2012 10:37:17 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: angelrod

You’re on. Thank you.


35 posted on 07/17/2012 10:52:10 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: null and void; CatherineofAragon; Mad Dawgg; freedomlover

Ha ha ha. (Cynical dry laughter!) It is all well and good for you guys.

Where in the world does a private citizen living in a Bearded Marxist state get my hands on those more exotic toys?

When Zombie Apocalypse breaks out, I don’t want someones knocking on my door “We are from the gubbmint,.....”


36 posted on 07/17/2012 10:53:09 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

You get them from your local National Guard Armory, just like the rest of us...


37 posted on 07/17/2012 10:55:18 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1273 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Sir Napsalot

We’ll have to figure out the source ahead of time, because when the gubmint guys come knocking, having the flamethrowers on hand will help.

Just kidding, gubmint FR monitors!


38 posted on 07/17/2012 11:12:16 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Geez, I hope that’s not how “The Walking Dead” eventually ends. What an anti-climax, LOL.


39 posted on 07/17/2012 11:14:02 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: LibertarianLiz
I must admit I got hooked on The Walking Dead after my son was watching it on NetFlix in the background. Some interesting questions about what would you do to survive.
40 posted on 07/17/2012 11:18:08 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; CatherineofAragon
Zombies seem to desiccate - but not decompose like a dead body. If they were an actual dead body they would suffer rigor mortise and the like.

For the muscles to move (unless magic is somehow involved - and usually it isn't) there has to be some metabolism involved - burning up fat stores, muscles, and potentially anything the zombie has eaten (brains!).

Rage “zombies” (28 days later)are 100% alive - and are more correctly called “the infected”.

The book “World War Z” deals with the zombie infection time limit - but it seemed to be several years of hard core zombie action, longer where they froze over the winter IIRC.

41 posted on 07/17/2012 11:23:01 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Not sure people actually do love zombie movies and shows. But it was time for one. Genres survive in limbo until somebody rediscovers them and creates a modern version using up-to-date technology and looking fashionably contemporary, and this time it was the zombie flick's turn.

Post-apocalyptic stuff does have an appeal for the reasons given, and the "zombie apocalypse" is a quick way to deliver those apocalyptic satisfactions some viewers may like -- all that stuff and all those women just there for the taking, there are no rules, and anybody can be a hero.

But beyond that, (1) zombie shows have a great opportunities for special effects, especially make-up. (2) They make good use of crowd scenes, playing on the fear of hostile hordes charging at you. (3) Lots and lots of killing: you can do a lot of harm to creatures that are already dead. If you blew actual living people's heads off that often, viewers might get sick of it, but with the undead, anything goes. (4) There are plenty of opportunities for scary "I thought it was dead, but now it's suddenly coming back to life" moments -- the scariest part of horror films, at least until you've seen it happen too may times. And when you get tired of the action, (5) there's always that "Are the people around me turning into zombies" thing, where you can't trust anybody, to give you chills.

42 posted on 07/17/2012 11:36:38 AM PDT by x
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To: Sybeck1

Season 3 production pics? SWEET!


43 posted on 07/17/2012 11:55:42 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: CatherineofAragon
In other words, would they eventually just disintegrate? I believe so.

I wish that were true, but I tend to believe otherwise. To me the key fact is that zombies feed. If they were nothing more than a walking bag of flesh, I agree they'd eventually rot away.

However something drives them to feed on human flesh. I believe that same driving instinct is one that could also lend to processes for preserving zombie skin and muscles.

A zombie that is unable to feed, in my opinion, would eventually rot away. So I guess they would eventually all die out as you suggest, but it probably wouldn't occur until most of us were gone.
44 posted on 07/17/2012 11:59:58 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Salgak
Let’s be honest here: Zombies, and the Zombie Apocalypse, are the socially-acceptable symbols of the just-barely subconscious fear of getting over-run by the useless eaters of society. . .

It's amazing how many people (especially libs) just don't get that point.

45 posted on 07/17/2012 12:03:58 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: allmendream; mmichaels1970

Hmmm. Hadn’t thought of it like that. It makes sense, however.


46 posted on 07/17/2012 12:43:58 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: allmendream
Getting ready to read it now. Movie comes out next year starring Brad Pitt;

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816711/

Rule number one on writing zombie lore. Never paint yourself into a corner by giving away too many hard details.

47 posted on 07/17/2012 12:44:46 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Always a good rule for storytelling involving some fantastical (sci fi or magic) element - don't get too involved in the nuts and bolts, and don't tie yourself down (paint yourself in a corner) by giving away hard details.

Unless there is a good shock value in so doing, and the ‘rules’ were based upon what the characters thought the rules were.

In “The Walking Dead” the ‘rule’ seemed to be that only those bitten by a zombie became a ‘walker’ when they died. Now it seems that anyone exposed (and it seems they all got exposed through their rather casual handling of beheaded walkers) who dies rises as a ‘walker’. YIKES!!!

48 posted on 07/17/2012 1:18:51 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Old Sarge

LOL! Thanks. I needed that tonight.


49 posted on 07/17/2012 9:45:54 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Being brain dead as they are, they don’t realize how dumb they are.


50 posted on 07/17/2012 9:56:29 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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