I would like to say that “recently it seems like we are more fascinated with zombies,” however this is not the case. As far as I can remember growing up in a pre Internet age, I do remember the presence of “zombie mania” through movies dating back to the 1960s, with movies like the the … Read More
I would like to say that “recently it seems like we are more fascinated with zombies,” however this is not the case. As far as I can remember growing up in a pre Internet age, I do remember the presence of “zombie mania” through movies dating back to the 1960s, with movies like the the 1968 movie Night of the Living Death, comics, and even some early version of video games in as early as the first wave of Nintendo console systems. If one thing is for sure, we as a society are fascinated with the idea that some day, some sort of biological Apocalypse will unfold upon us and somehow these outbreak will turn some of us into zombies. A recent occurrence for this scenario have surfaced most notably with the blockbuster World War Z where we see the very famous actor Brad Pitt, who is a UN envoy traveling the world to find a way out of the Apocalypse. The movie has now become the most successful movie internationally for actor Brad Pitt grossing a total of 500 million USD as of August 15, according to IMDB.com. Another very strong presence for the zombie Apocalypse scenario being nowadays engrained into our psyches is the appearance of the much anticipated video game The Last of Us for the PlayStation 3 console. The games has become one of the most successful games to date available only for the PlayStation 3 platform, selling a total of 3.5 million copies worldwide as of July 2013 according to Sony and Naughty Dog, the maker of the video game. Selling at $60.00 a unit, doing simple math will tell us that we are a looking at an approximate of 1/4 of a million dollars in sales. It is the topic of another article that it is not withstanding that the video game industry is now larger than the movie industry. The point is, the income generated from the use of the concept of the zombie Apocalypse is a clear representation of the continuous fascination over this scenario.
I have done my homework over these and there are different ideas, all of which are merely speculations. What I think is that death is very a much a part of our every day reality. We hear on the news and everywhere death as an every day presence through disasters, political upheavals, and even local instances of murder and what not. Death is something that we think about. If we did a survey of home many times the idea of death related thoughts crosses our minds, I am pretty sure the instances would be surprising, but less shocking. The idea of the living dead, takes that concept up front, playing around with the very concept we are worried about, because not only are we talking about a deceased individual walking around, but also we are talking about that being, wanting to eat living human beings. Therefore, there is a double play with this concept of death which I believe is why it is a stronger idea. The latter part of this, is the concept of the inner need we have to come across things that scare us, it is a form of fetish many of us possess to want to be scared, hence the idea of zombie and there genre of horror are very much intertwined in the same light of other ideas like werewolves, vampires and monsters in general exist with us in various other forms. I have yet found a clearer explanation to this, however if one thing is for sure, we do seem to be constantly bombarded with the idea.
One of the interesting I have observed are the re-interpretation of major published works in light of zombies like Pride and Prejudice with Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. There is also the Zombie Survival Guide, which was released in 2003 and has sold over 1 million copies. I am sure you can think of even more examples of how zombies is very much present, to name a few more examples, the entire Resident Evil saga, Evil Dead movies (recently remade) and many different other video games, books, comics. Would love to hear what you have to say, as usual I am searching.