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Sunday, October 28, 2012




Zombies are now the next big thing. Alice Wentworth is eagerly awaiting for the craze to turn to ghouls. She could just eat up her new fans ... literally.

Why are we attracted to monsters?

No, I’m not talking about our love life. Ah, maybe I am. But that’s another post entirely.

We are drawn to monsters in our entertainment. Hannibal Lector. Dexter. Edward of TWILIGHT infamy, sparkles and all.

It is the allure of the forbidden. Hence the cover of the first TWILIGHT: outstretched hands holding a bright red apple. The eternal battle : “What I knew was right” vs. “What I wanted.”
We search for the humanity in the attractive monster: yes, he does terrible things, but never to me.

Samuel McCord chides the ghoul, Alice Wentworth, that Victor is basically a Walking Happy Meal to her. Bella is the same thing to Edward.

Should she have chosen Jacob, she would have had to walk on eggshells never to make him angry to escape the scars another mortal woman received who had the misfortune to love a werewolf.

In the latest TWILIGHT trailer, Bella said while alive she was too ordinary. Now, that she is an undead predator, she feels special.

Bella has issues.

Sure, movie vampires are sexy. And what a compliment that a sexy man wants your company when he could just as easily have you for dinner.

Our attraction to sexy vampires can be understood.

A vampire Megan Fox would be hard to refuse a nibble on the neck, if sips were all she planned to take.

But the ghoul, Megan Fox, is hardly sexy when she develops an appetite for bad, and ultimately, good boys in JENNIFER’S BODY.

Vampires are the ultimate Bad Boy in many urban fantasies today.

Many women want to believe that the right woman could tame even a blood-thirsty monster … at least enough to be the ultimate protector, provider, and lover.

As a former counselor, I cannot stress enough how unrealistic and dangerous that is.

But it sells books.

It just isn’t true to the male nature. But it is a wish that is understandable since most of those novels are written by women –

Who have to guess at the nature of males as men have to with the nature of females.

But then there is our puzzling fascination with zombies.

Zombies embody an “all consuming evil” (pun intended.) A malevolent evil with no mercy, regard, or compassion … only hunger.


If you are only infected instead of ingested, you become one of the hungry dead yourself! No sense of family, friend, or even of yourself.

And you develop terrible table manners!

Zombies are not unlike a force of Nature … and Nature has become unsettlingly dangerous these past months as we remember earthquakes, forest fires, and hurricanes.

Even now, Hurricane Sandy is brooding over the horizon, threatening helpless lives.

So perhaps we are drawn to the zombie movie because the zombie reflects the all-too-real terrors in our newspaper headlines.

Just as you cannot reason with a zombie, threaten its family or its further living … the same can be said of a terrorist.

Terrorists keep on coming until you kill them. The same can be said for the deranged killer who stalks into a schoolroom and begins to open fire with automatic weapons.

Zombies provide similar evils … but non-threatening since they could never exist. We can work out our fears of terrorists, muggers, and insane gunmen in the dark of the movie theater.

We can ask ourselves what would we do in a Zombie Apocalypse, who would we take with us, what we would take, and where would we go. In the unspoken thoughts of our minds, we translate that into a Nuclear War/Natural Disaster Apocalypse.

We identify with the survivors in the zombie movies.

We want to believe that we would survive in such a crucible. And deep down that supports our fearful hope that we would survive should Nature, Nuclear War, or terrorism reign over our landscape.

Who would have thought it?

Zombies as therapy!

* {Image of Victor's mother courtesy of the fabulous Leonora Roy.}

** {this image & the film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, are in the public domain.

Source: Due to the filmmakers' neglect of the (former) requirement to put proper notice on copies of their work, this image & the film it's from are in the public domain}

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  1. Zombie therapy? Perhaps you need a ghoul or vampire psychologist ( a Freud or Jung type) Might be an interesting angle.

    Bad boys are a pain, in the neck and elsewhere. They've been fantasized to be bad boys with a heart of gold, but then this type of story appeals to young girls and those women who likely have had little experience with that type of guy in reality.

    It's that sense of danger that appeals, but the sparkly versions are far from reality.

    btw - liked that parkour roll vid the other day. Hubs had heard that doing that started in the outer edges of Paris (poorer neighborhoods).

  2. Zombies have long been a way representing our fears and all the worst parts of humanity.

    Zombies all act the same way = representing humans as sheep

    Zombies keeping coming in waves = humanity's ruthless relentlessness to get to that 1%

    Flesh eating = represents all the evil humans can do to one another

    The Zombie's need to endlessly consume = mindless consumerism

    So really, are Zombies just therapy for our true, unspoken fear: fear of ourselves?

  3. I love the movie Zombieland.

    Great post!

    Hugs and chocolate,

  4. I love the movie Zombieland.

    Great post!

    Hugs and chocolate,

  5. D.G.:
    Yes, your husband is right. Parkour (French pronunciation: [paʁˈkuʁ]) (abbreviated PK) is a training discipline that developed out of military obstacle course training.

    Practitioners aim to move from one place to another, negotiating the obstacles in between.

    The discipline uses no equipment and is non-competitive.

    A male practitioner is generally called a "traceur", a female a "traceuse".

    Developed by Raymond Belle, David Belle, Sébastien Foucan and other members of the original Yamakasi group,

    parkour became popular in the 1990s and 2000s through a series of documentaries and films featuring these practitioners and others.

    A ghoul psychiatrist would probably quite at home with Jung and his thoughts on the shadow, the collective unconscious, etc!

    Like you, I believe bad boys are usually bad news!

    Steampunk Princess:
    Great breakdown of why zombies appeal to our collective unconscious and our own fears of our own dark natures.

    Don't be a stranger!

    I'm glad you liked the post. I'm just about to watch ZOMBIELAND again!