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Horror Author Patrick Royal

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Zombie Craze

      I would say my first major introduction to zombies was the 1978 film "Dawn of the Dead".
     Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. Directed by George A. Romero. 
     Sure, I watched "walkers" on "Scooby Doo", but let's face it, that was a cartoon. It was nothing like what they displayed on the big screen.
     I remember being twelve-years-old with my older brother and friends, sitting in the theater for the mid-night show. I was all excited for "Dawn of the Dead" to start but all too ready for it to end once it had. One has to remember in 1978 people wasn't desynthesized to blood and guts of this magnitude. like they are in 2012.
     Speakig of 2012, zombies are bigger than ever. So, can we say that history repeates itself? I say yes. First vampire craze was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in 1997, "Blade" 1998. In September 2008 "True Blood" aired. Then "Twilight" started in November 2008 and still going in 2012.

      Zombies generated their own list from 1985 with "Day of the Dead" and "Return of the Living Dead". In 1992 "Dead Alive" and "Evil Dead: Army of Darkness" hit the screen. From 2002 to 2004 there were "28 Days", the new "Dawn of the Dead", and "Shaun of the Dead". "Zombieland" came out in 2009 with Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg.


      In October 2010 came "The Walking Dead", which is an American television drama series developed by Frank Darabont. It's based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The TV series stars Andrew Lincon playing sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find the world dominated by flesh-eating "walkers", resembling the zombies of George A. Romero's horror movies. He sets out to find his family and encounters other survivors along the way. "The Walking Dead" are in their third season and seem to be doing rather well.

      I really don't find zombies intriguing that much anymore. I guess I just don't find them scary as I had in 1978. How about you?



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