When it comes to scary creatures, zombies are one of the most terrifying things that most people can think of. Sure, vampires are scary and so are werewolves, but the thought of a crowd of undead zombies covered in rotting flesh stumbling toward you hungry for your brains is enough to give anyone nightmares. Let’s face it, when you think about scary things isn’t a zombie one of the creatures that you would least want to come across down a dark alley?
A zombie is usually depicted as a reanimated corpse with an insatiable hunger for human flesh and serious trouble with walking around. They are usually half rotted and covered in blood, perhaps with a few bones sticking out or a skull that has nearly collapsed. They tend to stagger around randomly, groaning and grunting. Once they have locked target on you and are hungry for your flesh and your brains, they are almost unstoppable. Chop off their arm and they will still keep coming… which makes for a terrifying and gory chase. The only way to kill them is to destroy the brain or decapitate them, which is sometimes easier said than done.
The Origins of the Zombie
The idea of the zombie dates back to the tradition of Haitian voodoo, with the idea that a dead person could be revived with the help of a sorcerer. After the sorcerer cast a spell, the dead person would be able to walk around… a truly chilling thought. In popular culture, the idea of a reanimated corpse hearkens back to Mary Shelley’s famous work of horror “Frankenstein”. The concept of a “zombie apocalypse”, where the modern world would be taken over by a zombie infestation, has become a popular trope of modern art, film and literature. There are even zombie attack scenarios you can participate in, courtesy of wish.co.uk. (Admit it, you’ve thought about how you would survive a zombie attack!)
This fascinating infographic tracks the history of zombie films and video games back to 1932, when the first zombie film was made. It features a number of classics, including “Dawn of the Dead”, “Night of the Living Dead”, “Death Becomes Her” and “Shaun of the Dead”. It also features some well-known video games that include zombies, including “The House of the Dead” and “Half Life”. There are many other zombie films displayed on this infographic, showing just how prominent the zombie ideas has been in popular culture over the last 100 years.
It’s fascinating to see how fictional zombies have evolved over the years and how consistently popular they have been. We have an innate fear of these reanimated corpses, perhaps because they act without thought or reason, are horribly gory and look like corpses, are difficult to stop and can turn us into one of their own with a single bite!
Take a look at this interesting infographic and if you like it, feel free to embed it on your website or share it with your friends. What’s your favourite zombie film?
Chris Hoole like many people loves the zombie genre and knows that with many new fresh takes on the premise being released more and more, knows that it will be around for a lot longer!