Monday, February 28, 2011


What is it about Zombies?!

Zombies, it seems, are everywhere these days.

Zombies are officially defined as "the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose."

It's that second-to-last word that is the key.

Evil (in case you missed it).

The re-animation of corpses has become a popular instrument of entertainment, starting in 1968 with George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" and, in their most recent incarnation, the new video game "Dead Island".

(If you watch that clip in reverse, it makes a lot more sense. Trust me.)

By the way, the creators of this game need to seek psychological help. Seriously. Who in their right mind envisions a pleasant family vacation that gets interrupted by flesh-eating zombies?! No one, that's who.

But the Zombie Apocalypse phenomenon has become a major tool of recent fiction, in everything from books to TV to Film to Music. And a lot of people are getting rich off of it. It's become the latest fad, much like the "coming Rapture" was a few years ago (and may be again about a year and a half from now, give or take a few months. But I digress.)

Granted, I will accept that some instances of Zombieism may actually be possible in some bizarre way, due to outside influences--(Half-Life's Headcrab Zombies, Resident Evil's Virus infected Zombies, and 28 days later's "rage"-infected zombies--come to mind (Bing them--do I have to say again that I ain't your damn search engine?!))

But does anyone really believe that some day, for no apparent reason, the corpses of every person that dies will suddenly come to life and immediately hunger for the flesh of the living? And that every person even scratched by one of said re-animated zombies will become one?

Apparently, yes. At least enough to make it VERY profitable. It has to be. Otherwise, the phenomenon would have ended a LONG time ago!

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