Is the invention of zombies just another excuse to kill things that look human but aren't?
Is it "just" that? No, I am sure that is part of it but it also speaks to deep themes about fear or bodily/societal collapse, questions about the limits of personal autonomy and anxiety about biotechnology.
I definitely think that's part of it. Zombies are a simplified way of killing people who are unquestionably evil. There are a lot of grey areas in war settings, but not in the zombie apocalypse. It's also a class equalizer. Someone who is poor, might be a king in a world with zombies, and then those rich fat-cats get eaten because they don't have any meaningful skills.
It's become this odd mythology in the modern age that, based on the way people talk about it, sounds like they actually want it to happen. With the somewhat boring 9-5 lifestyle, I understand the appeal of that fantasy, except the death toll of such an event would negate anything fun about it. Zombies are great in television and video games, but in real life it would be utter hell.
While the current representation of zombies is of a brain eating living dead person wandering the earth to destroy humanity, they have been with us for hundreds of years.
Within the history of the New World, the Western Hemisphere, zombies are more tied to the religion of Voodoo. The mythical zombie is a reanimated dead person under the control of a Voodoo Priest or Priestess who has the Power. The zombie is at command of the person of Power.
This iteration of the zombie is not that of a brain eater.
While there have been recorded cases of zombies, it has been determined that the zombie was never actually dead but had been drugged with a powerful natural psychotropic drug that left the victim in a malleable hypnotic state easily controllable.
With today film makers and fantasy story tellers, tales of zombie apocalypse make for entertaining stories.
I don't think it is an excuse to kill things that look human, because it is easy to establish aliens attacking and there is no reason for them to not look human. They are just capitalizing on an existing genre that offers an opportunity to be gross and have fun. Look at how many dress up as zombies for Halloween.
by TheHoleStory 2 years ago
Do you think that this Zombie movie will be any different or better than previous Zombie movies?
by David Stillwell 6 years ago
zombies, zombies, zombies!!! Its like the new religion and peoples obsession with zombies is particularly odd...
by Skylark 8 years ago
Which is the best Zombie movie of all time?There are so many great zombie movies which is the best one?
by thebeast02 6 years ago
If a zombie apocalypse happened, where would you want to set up your defense?I would chose either Cabelas or another large sporting goods store. Due to their weapon stocks as well as food rations and water.
by Nichol marie 3 years ago
Where did all the" Zombie" fad come from? Tv shows,games ext,when did this start?
by Sam Little 5 years ago
What is it that draws people to zombies in pop culture?Why do you feel people are drawn to zombies in today's society?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|