Now who doesn't like a good zombie movie? I know i bloody love them from Night of the living dead to Zombie Strippers! The revamp of the zombie-horror genre in the past few years has left me craving more flesh eating, gut munching blood soaked action and so i began to reflect upon what the zombie incorporates and how the image of the modern day zombie has changed over the years as effects became more advanced.
First and foremost we must look at the work of George A.Romero, the so called king/creator of the zombie genre.
From Night of the living Dead to the less acclaimed Diary of the Dead, he has both frightened and entertained us while attempting to spread his idealistic messages to the public.
The slow shuffles of his legions of the undead created a feeling of hopelessness in audiences around the world and sparked in many minds including my own, the paranoid afterthought that said "What if this really happened?". I would assume that like myself that many zombie film lovers out there have at least considered their own zombie escape plan... Alaska people thats all Im saying...It is this ideas ability to captivate the viewer, to scare the living shit out of them that makes the Zombie film so loved. They can take you into an apocalyptic world of doom and gloom and show you what it would be like to be in an impossible situation where one bite mark could mean you will have to bludgeon to death your best friend to stay alive.
Next we move onto the modern films like 28Days/ weeks later (Danny Boyle you sexy btich), Qaurintine and Dawn of the Dead. Lacking in any real message these films are set to entertain and scare us into a stupour. We see a change in approach in these films. No longer is there much humour injected into these films they are simply there to frighten their audience (Although it must be made clear that Shaun or Shawn of the Dead, a fucking immense film in tis own right does play on the comedy of the old zombie flick, a comic homage to the films of yester-year its message don't run to the pub at the first sign of the zombie apocalypse?) The speed of zombies increased and with it the thrill factor of the films.
With these changes came a debate regarding the speed of zombies, slow or fast slow or fast, no this is not a porn director muling over a scene, rather that of a fan of zombies choosing between the original dawn of the dead or its adrenaline boosted remake.
Run bitch run!!!!!!!!
Is it the slow moving early zombies that inspire the most fear in the hearts of audience members or the olympic sprinters of the contemporary flicks. With speed there comes the jump shock element however, the slow moaning zombies of later days create a greater sense of impending doom and in my opinion create more tension as they stumble towards their helpless prey.
Another question raised is regarding the 28 days later franchise and the films Rec ( or Qauritine, i prefer the foreign film i feel makes it freakier having to read the subtitles), are these infected people really zombies?? Sure they have the whole bite/ eat people mentality, or lack there of, of Zombies but they don't really die and return to life. I guess who gives a shit because they both kick major ass and rape and pillage the likes of 'Diary of the Dead'.
Regardless of these debates It is these apparent differences and variable in the genre that make it one of my most loved. Bring on the brains, blood, guts and laughs and even maybe the sharks?!?!
NB Land of the Dead was not mentioned in this review, I don't need to explain why.
Please Please Please give me your thoughts on the Zombie horror genre what is your take on the films the debates and the future of the these brain hungry motherfuckers?
Fuck I Ramble.
My favourite zombie flicks:
1. 28 Days later
'Drugs are badddd!!'
2. Shaun of the dead
"Whose for cricket?"
"Those bastards messed up my hair and make-up!!"
4. Braindead or DeadAlive to you folks across the water
'Thank God for Lawnmowers!'
5. Dawn of the dead
'I bet they're glad zombies can't read cause that's like directing a fat kid to cake'
Check out the books World War Z also if you want a good zombie read or The Zombie Survival guide to learn how to survive!