Yesterday’s news that Matthew Fox and Ed Harris are in talks to join Brad Pitt in Marc Foster’s World War Z, a zombie invasion thriller set to begin shooting this month, got us thinking about zombies. They’re everywhere these days, it seems.
One of last fall’s most acclaimed television series was AMC’s zombie-apocalypse saga, The Walking Dead: Season One, based on a wildly successful zombie comic book series of the same name. (The show is coming back for a second season in October, and the first season recently came out on DVD.) And there have been many other popular zombie movies, games and books in recent years.
Zombies, along with vampires and werewolves, are perennial monsters of our imagination. They all strike deep chords having to do with primordial fears and taboos.
It bothers us a little that zombies don’t get their due. Vampires, after all, are infinitely adaptable, depending on the screenwriter’s needs. We’ve had gay vampires, mopey vampires, boardroom vampires bent on world domination - you name it.
Zombies seem rather limited in comparison (though we remember some neat tricks in Zombie Strippers that we’d like to see a vampire try to duplicate).
Zombies are more than versatile enough, however. That’s why they’ve stayed with us down through the decades. They’re not going anywhere. In fact, we’ve got a feeling the zombie invasion has just begun.
Are you prepared?
We’ve put together a list of five items that will help you survive a zombie infestation of your neighborhood. Pay close heed. Zombies don’t take prisoners.
5 Items you need to survive a zombie attack