Skip to comments.6 Reasons People Love Zombie Flicks - The curious appeal of the living dead.
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, its 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 doesnt have special training or powers. Hes 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, thats an achievable goal.
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“zombies are most often portrayed as extremely slow and stupid, yet still dangerous.”
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).;-)
America is a land of Zombies as we have elected the Zombie Prezzy in Obama. His followers lead him blindly off the cliff.
Then explain why liberals like zombie movies too.
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. . . .
I like my zombies on the slow side. I can't deal with those quick-moving "rage" zombies.
People love to see a movie of fake liberals getting their heads taken off.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Hahahahahah! Good post!
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?
Yep, looking forward to it. The “Governor” arrives.
So what is the best way to fight ‘rage’ zombies? (If you can’t outrun them, that is.)
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.
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.
Wear protection against blood spatter...!
But of course there is the "Ripley Method"
I like flamethrowers.
Good point. Which raises the question, would zombies be a temporary threat? In other words, would they eventually just disintegrate? I believe so.
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.
Please ping me on the zombie threads! Thanks.
You’re on. Thank you.
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,.....”
You get them from your local National Guard Armory, just like the rest of us...
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!
Geez, I hope that’s not how “The Walking Dead” eventually ends. What an anti-climax, LOL.
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.
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.
Season 3 production pics? SWEET!
It's amazing how many people (especially libs) just don't get that point.
Hmmm. Hadn’t thought of it like that. It makes sense, however.
Rule number one on writing zombie lore. Never paint yourself into a corner by giving away too many 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!!!
LOL! Thanks. I needed that tonight.
Being brain dead as they are, they don’t realize how dumb they are.
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