The Zombie craze
Zombies have actually been around way before George Romero in 1968. However, he is known for creating the “modern zombie” the flesh and brain eating kind. The term zombie actually started with voodoo mythology and even some reality. Centered around people being given drugs to slow their heart rate enough and totally immobilize them to a point of being pronounced dead.. Without modern technology this was quite easy to pull off… Then buried, and quickly dug up. The drug lowered their brain function to the point of being a virtual zombie. They knew nothing of who they were or their purpose. These people administering the drug would use them as their slaves and control them. People thought they had risen from the dead if recognized. When the modern zombie emerged in 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, they were a different kind of zombie and were actually threatening to humans. Their brain functions consistent of wandering around stiff and wobbly and only goal was to feast on the brains and flesh of the living. This eventually became popular. Being from the Pittsburgh area, I grew up in what we call “the zombie Capital”. The other films in this franchise include Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.
Since then the zombie craze has dominated the big screen and even your television. In fact, the highest rated television show of all time is wait for it, a zombie show, The Walking Dead. This just goes to show you how far it’s come. Some even say too far. That it’s beginning to become boring. I don’t fully disagree. Other shows like Izombie and Z nation are also playing. There are quite a few different takes on zombies. There are a lot of independent films being made and Kickstarters with their own unique zombie theme. One that recently has caught my, and many backer’s eyes is Zombie with a Shotgun. It’s quite interesting. Funny yet brutal. If you’ve seen the YouTube stream and drawings. These are often the good films we don’t get to see. There are arguments on what “real zombies” are. Yes, I just said that. Zombie fanatics, including Romero himself want to argue that “real zombies” don’t run. They’re slow. For example the super fast ones in 28 Days Later. Or if certain zombie movies are even zombies. They sub genre them. It gets confusing. The zombie craze and comic craze haven’t died down yet. Robert Kirkman has cashed in on both. Zombie comedies, B rated zombie films, actual horror zombie films, and TV shows. I don’t see this going away any time soon.