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Sunday, October 11, 2015


The zombie craze is much like the zombies themselves:

Just when you think they’re finished, 

they get up again and shamble towards you moving faster.

Even Victor Standish deals with zombies in the beginning of CARNIVAL OF THE DAMNED.

In Danny Boyle’s 2002 hit 28 Days Later the mindless cannibals weren’t called zombies 

− they were simply ‘the infected’ − 

but they were close enough to remind the film industry that there was money to be made.

 By the time Brad Pitt’s World War Z was released, it seemed it was several years late to the party. 

Surely there was nothing new to be said about the undead? 

 Instead, it went on to rake in $540m, making it one of 2013’s ten biggest blockbusters.

In The Walking Dead, the rule of law ceases to exist. 

Humanity’s last survivors are forced to forage for food in a dystopian desert, 

while trying to avoid becoming food themselves.

 It can’t be a coincidence, then, that zombies are in vogue during a period 

when banks are failing, when climate change is playing havoc with weather patterns, 

and when both terrorist bombers and global corporations seem to be beyond the reach of any country’s jurisdiction.

Stephen King says 

that zombies represent the terrorist in modern parables.  

Just like zombies, terrorists cannot be reasoned with or threatened -- they can only be killed.

 Zombie stories give people the opportunity to witness the end of the world they’ve been secretly wondering about 

while, at the same time, allowing themselves to sleep at night because the catalyst of that end is fictional.

 Zombies embody the great contemporary fear 

 that we’ll soon be surrounded by ravenous strangers, with only a shotgun to defend ourselves. 

Compared to that, facing a werewolf or a vampire is a breeze.


Midnight keeps curled up by the autographed
poster of IRON MAN 2

Now I know why:


  1. Zombies are like terrorist - yeah, I buy it. Sad they can't be reasoned with.

    1. Hate can never be reasoned with -- and I fear that many terrorists use the "cause" to justify their urge to kill. :-(

    2. It is sad, how many people in this world, especially Terrorist Organizations, are so blinded by hate. Those who have no idea what compassion is, when its staring them in the eyes.......sad.

    3. Yes, they say they are serving God, but it is really the God of this World.

      Hate is never satisfied it seems. :-(

  2. I don't have a shotgun - guess I better learn to hide really well. . .what about fire? Are they impervious to fire or is it too slow? I'm just not into zombies, and the way they move like parasites, or ants, is a real turn-off.

    1. You can burn them -- and jogging shoes are good, too! :-)

      The most depressing aspect about the zombie films is that it shows that without the external restraint of police, Man will descend into worse than animals. :-(

  3. Stephen King's analogy is very accurate--zombies are terrorists in paranormal or disease form. Me, I've never gotten into zombie stories, and if I want dystopian depression or scary tales I can just watch the news.

    1. Quite true! I watch for the interaction between the uninfected humans trying to survive, imagining what I would do under like circumstances.

      I listened to a fascinating audio book about a zombie apocalypse occurring in Spain. The European setting made it all different somehow.

      And the man-on-the-street hero survived because he could not desert his Persian cat given to him by his sister after the death of his wife. You kept pulling for this average man and his cat to make it through madness. :-)