Zombies are crucial members to the horror genre and are taken seriously because of their simplistic but effective means of scaring audiences out of their fold down seats. These disease-stricken, conscienceless, walking corpses have been present on movie screens since the Lugosi era. However, as Josh Levin points out in his article, “The Running Dead: How did movie zombies get so fast?,” the zombie has gotten a Hollywood makeover in recent years.

The word “zombie” cannot be mentioned without the name George A. Romero, whose Night of the Living Dead trilogy immortalized the undead villains as mindless, slow-moving corpses. Being cornered by one flesh-eater was dangerous, but chances are, you could slip past them and be halfway down the street before the creature could turn around and scratch their head. Getting caught in a mob of zombies, however, meant an almost certain and gory death.

Nowadays, with CGI technology becoming more available to even the low budget, productions that zombie films have been rooted in, it has given filmmakers a chance to reinvent the definition of a zombie. In Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s new film 28 Weeks Later, his zombies have had super speed instilled upon them, now making a lone zombie just as dangerous as any other horror creature. This puzzles Levin who knows just as well as any other horror fan that zombies are said to be weighed down by rigor mortis. They may be undead, but they’re still barely alive. The heavy, jerky movements exhibited by classic zombie characters suggest that they want to move faster than they are, but their bodies are only capable of the speed that they’re going. This characteristic stays true to the West African Bantu legend that claims a voodoo priest could hypnotize a corpse to obey his commands. Hypnosis of a living being is often associated with slow motions. It only makes sense that a lifeless body has trouble getting back on its feet.

Of course, common sense should not be a factor when discussing unrealistic concepts. However, one article at http://plato.standford.edu, attempts to try to prove or disprove the theory of zombies by analyzing their alleged biology and state of consciousness to determine if there are people on this planet who fit this definition, though I’m sure we could all think of one or two people ourselves who fit the definition of a zombie. Obviously, the recent redefinition of the zombie has not affected movie goers looking for gory thrills as 28 Weeks Later remains in the top five at the box office and has grossed over $5 million, proving that fans will accept fast-paced action over ever-building suspense any day.

To read Levin’s article, visit www.slate.com or to read the full rationalization on the possibility of the presence of zombies, visit http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/zombies/#Oth.

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