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What Makes Zombies So Awesome?</u>
By Robt Foppe.

Zombies have been an ongoing obsession in today's vision of pop-culture.  They've appeared in movies and television shows since the 1930's.  Also, due to their wavering ideology, the term "zombie movie" basically applies to about 75% of all horror movies ever made.  There are those movies that are obvious about their zombie themes, whereas others are more questionable to the sticklers. For instance, John Carpenter's "The Fog" features pirate ghosts.  So they're ghosts, right? Wrong! They appear as zombie-ghosts.

So then, what classifies as a zombie?

Zombies are humans (sometimes creatures) that have either...
*Died, yet resist death
*Have been put under mind control
*Have been infected with a mind-altering virus

There are several classifications of zombies. These classifications include:
*Egyptian Mummies
(obviously, egyptian dead people that were mummified that are brought back to life via a curse or evil spell.)
*Electrified Zombies
(zombies that have been brought back to life much like Frankenstein, through electric currents.)
*Viral Zombies
(zombies that have become that way due to the spread of a virus.)
*Parasite Zombies
(humans that become zombies as a result of a parasite using the body as a host.)
*Radioactive Zombies
(dangerious radiation causes the outbreak.)
*Chemical Zombies
(usually through contact with nuclear waste, you get zombies.)
*Satanic Zombies
(zombies that have come to earth directly from hell.)
*Alien Zombies: Type A
(zombies that have come directly from space.)
*Alien Zombies: Type B
(something from space shoots to earth and people begin to turn.)
*Voodoo Zombie: Type A
(zombies that have not died, but are regular people under hyptnosis that do their master's bidding.)
*Voodoo Zombie: Type B
(zombies that have died, and were brought back from the dead via voodoo magic/witchcraft.)
*Zombie Ghosts
(zombies that actually are ghosts, yet instead of appearing as humans, they chose to appear as zombies.)

Now that we've classified the types of zombies, let's classify the three different types of zombie movies...

The Gore-Feast.
These movies focus all on gore, and lack in the storyline department. The acting can completely suck, as long as the lead character's brains are hanging out of his head, as he's dying.  Also, he's being strangled with his own intestines, and his left eye pops out of the socket with no visual cause for doing so.
The Comedy.
These movies may be gory as all bejesus, but is purposefully portrayed in an unrealistic manner, specifically aimed at humourous results.
The Message.
These movies may borrow basic elements from the other two genres to portray some sort of message or statement on human behavior, society as a whole, and the nature of humans in general.

Where does the term "Zombie" come from?
Zombie lore apparently started in Haiti. According to what I've heard, they used to punish criminals by basically lobotomizing them and letting them wander the streets in confusion as they were ridiculed by the people they had wronged. Oftentimes, they'd even bury the lobotomized criminal alive for a few days before even letting him wander. Also, as an added note, I believe that certain tribes in Haiti were even cannibals, which also hints at the modern ideology of a zombie.  If this whole paragraph is full of complete lies, don't hold me accountable for it. I'm just stating what I've been exposed to...correct me if I'm wrong.

Observe the following timeline.</i>

Zombies in Cinema
1930 - Basically all voodoo zombie stories due to closeminded terror of the "unknown."
1945 - Basically all radioactive zombies due to WWII and birth of nuclear age.
1980 - Basically all chemical zombies. why? i dunno.
1990 - Basically all viral zombies.

So what does this prove? Zombies are not going anywhere. They adapt to the times, and find ways to stick in pop culture through the events and problems of the times.

So what makes a good zombie movie?
Obviously, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  Personally, I like the mix of gore, humor, and meaning all into one. This brings me to the topic of the MODERN zombie movie, what has changed, and why it SUCKS.

It may be blasphemy to say it, but George A Romero is slightly to blame.  It all started with "Day of the Dead."  Basically, he began to change what the zombies were. (and should be/stay.) It started with BUB. If you haven't seen the movie, basically a scientist trains a zombie that is chained to a wall to not attack people and to perform normal human-like functions, rewarding and scoulding it like a dog. This suggests that zombies have some sort of functioning intellect. Thus started the craze. OH NO! THEY'RE LEARNING! It was cool in Jurassic Park when the Velociraptor learned to open doors...but zombies learning to plan out intricate attack strategies, firing automatic weapons at people, and even verbally communicating with each other? CRAP CRAP CRAP.  I suppose modern horror demands that sort of behavior due to the popularity of such horror icons like freddy, jason, and michael.

Another complaint that I have about modern zombie films is the locations. What threat is a large mob of zombies against a group of survivors, backed by the military, all armed with automatic firearms. In this instance, the zombies don't stand a chance. Where's the excitement? This is why "Shaun of the Dead" worked so well. It was in an urban setting that most people can relate to, and there was only one friggin gun in the movie.

So how should zombies act?
They should be mindless, animalistic, and senseless. The only thing that unifies them into mobs is thier uncontrollable taste for flesh...not brains, you bungholes...(although movies where they want brains are always funny.) In short, if UFC Prizefighters have difficulty breaking open human skulls when they're actually trying, I'm pretty sure a mindless zombie wouldn't be able to do so either.  I personally have never tried to break someone's skull with my teeth, but I'm going to put my money on the skull as far as durability goes. As far as the flesh eating goes, why do zombies apparently want flesh, yet sometimes devour a whole human, and other times only bite once? I mean, obviously, they do it to reproduce, but why not eat all the flesh you can get your grubby little undead paws on? Yeah, we're zombies, we want to eat your flesh and all, but instead we're only gonna pull your ribcage out and throw it over there, then eat a few handfulls of this ketchup-covered ham that we're pulling out of your gaping chest before we walk away, still moaning about our hungry bellies. We'll make sure to leave most of you so you can get up and join us!  

The movie "28 Days Later" suggested that a virus had triggered the part of the brain in humans that produces an enzyme promoting rage. Therefore, the "infected" destroyed everything and everyone they saw...so why didn't they destroy each other, and only go for uninfected victoms? Makes no sense to me.  Apparantly a human can live 28 days without food. How long can a zombie live without food if all it will eat is human flesh?

The remake of "Dawn of the Dead" made zombies run like demons and thrash quickly and violently. I liked this idea. It's about time that a movie depicts the recently dead acting in this behavior at first, but clearly weakening and becoming less mobile as it rots. THIS PEOPLE, IS HOW IT SHOULD BE.

Things That You Should Never Do
1. You should never try to raise the dead by experimenting on dead bodies for reasons of science, love, a cure for death, or just plain boredom. Nothing good ever comes of this.
In light of the board game I am creating, and the growing group of deviants that are joining me in my crusade, I've decided to rant a little about my personal views and opinions on the subject of zombies...
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
One computer game casts you as a zombie, but one who retains his intelligence and wants mostly to find out 2 things"

1 - who were you when you were human ? You have no memory of your human life !
2 - How did you become a zombie ?

Since I never played it, I know little more about it. This type of zombie asks people questions, and acts on what information it gets.
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Shadowgirlari Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...this is cool...how u get all this juicy info
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LmonLimeCat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Haven't you seen The Walking Dead? it's amazing.
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flairestears Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
the original dawn of the dead was hillarious. a guy in an orange skin suite came running outta a room screaming i was on the floor busting a gut! :D
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solaceentwined Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
This is awesome. I find myself wondering about the obsession and the bit about the origin and haiti? If that's true? It's freaking crazy as hell, but kinda interesting.
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Jackey-Jinx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
this is really cool. And it will help me a lot in the zomcom story I'm doing. It's very awesome!
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zombie-lover-101 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
YA ZOMBIES!!!!! i love them
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I completely agree with most zombie movies these days. They really have no clue what they are talking about.

-Training zombies is NOT a good idea.
-They wouldn't last very long, because eventually they would eat most of the population and just as we die without food, they will as well, because they are left with no more flesh to eat.

Personally, I love the "Gore-Feast" sort of movies, because I really like gore. But it will also need some sort of meaning behind it. Zombies are great, but there has to be a story line.

I really enjoyed reading this and I love your opinion on these things. Thank you :)
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FirePhoenix89 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Wow, thanks for the info! Really great!!
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Deimonos Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Romero makes the best zombie outbreak explanation ever...
NONE!!!
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
zombies are cool dude.... and let me correct you on the " Zombies are not going anywhere. They adapt to the times" ...well actualy, there is a virus/parasite with stops the brain/controls the brain and you have a tottaly none control of it, it can be found in some kind of plants/fishes and snails.... this is the virus...parasites like worms infect caterpillas, and insect ... the parasite dosent work to humans nor bigger animals (nor birds) ...to many neurotical power or something like that :), but it can be perfectioned in a lab,to work on humans to, to reeducate the parasite to control the human brain as its design to do so.

Here,check it out.... :)
[link]

:meow: im a zombie fanatic >.< ...:meow:, i want ZOOOMMBEEEEEHHSSSSSS in real life ...i wanna blow theyr heads and survive :D :D :la:....
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J4CKTH3J0K3R Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
i like what you wrote, but honestly the remake of dawn of the dead. didn't really like the idea of running zombies. don't get me wrong, i did like the movie, but just the running zombies part. kinda disturbed me honestly. guess it's a kind of "zombie evolution" movie genre. 28 days later they weren't really zombie though, they were just infected living people. i take it you didn't like the day of the dead remake?
what do you make of the resident evil movies they made?
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
zombies dont run,zombies are not burned to the sun(i am legend movie>.< ) zombies DONT SWIM..this is defenetly something MORE than ruined in the movie "house of the dead"
and resident evil is a modern-classic as i could say so :D, good effects,real zombies...they were a bunch of corpses doing whatever zombies should do .....yep...the real stuff :D

BTW IS THERE A ZOMBIE GROUP ON DEVIANT ART?.....
I HAVE 1 ON YOUTUBE :meow:
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J4CKTH3J0K3R Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
yeah exactly my point, zombies don't run! i think snyder got the idea from danny boyle's 28 days later film, but those people were infected with rage and they weren't dead at all, therefor the infected in 28 days later, does NOT make them zombies and i wish people would stop labelling them as zombies.
hm, ok the ONLY good thing about resident evil and house of the dead is that the zombies were realistic. i'll give it that. but, the films were weak. story-wise. i mean...who the smeg is alice? what genius comes up with the idea of killing off carlos and making nicolai a good guy?! who the smeg is "charles and angela ashford". what genius thought leon kennedy is dead and that albert wesker is head of umbrella?o.O the films do not follow the stories what so ever. any true RE fan would agree that the films are just...crap.
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
dude...RE series ...THE MOVIE are all united and each part is a continuation of the previous 1 o_0 ....28 days and weeks later sux ....actualy i saw the trailer.. and i hav 28 days ..seemd just a tottaly boredom ... zombies dont run.....zombies dont come from hell.....zombi = a infected corpse ..controled by a virus/parasite :)

though i love zombies :D
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J4CKTH3J0K3R Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
mate those RE series are crap and hardly follow the story as well. even capcom doesn't like the movies. they could of made the movies so much better.
mhe, your opinion. i like the 28 series.
anyway, they're not zombies in 28 days later. a zombie is someone who is one of the undead, infected with a virus which ressurects them from the dead! those people in 28 days later ARE NOT DEAD, they're just infected with RAGE, therefor THAT DOESN'T MAKE THEM ZOMBIES. how bloody clear can you get? and no zombies don't smegging run. like i wrote, if you even read what i wrote is that snyder probably got that "running zombie" idea from 28 days later.
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
ye...i wrote what you have writen lol :D :D .... but can you recomand me something good ...or more bettern zomb-like than RE series ? ....i mena....i saw dawn of the dead ....the 1985 one and the 2004 one...they were good,can you recomand me something way better than anything i haved seen ? :D
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J4CKTH3J0K3R Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
oh haha my bad then. :)
well you've got a wide range of choices. seen of all george a. romero's of the dead series? or..lucio fulci zombi series? or the CG RE film, degeneration?
here's a link with all the zombie movies. from bad to good.
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
wa great...nice list,thank you very much ... :D :D :D hihiiii ^-^
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Kaji900 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Wow Thats the best info about zomies that i've ever gotten thanks!
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Solanum20 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
All I can say is Zombies are amazing. :orange:
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Moonsong1126 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Wow, I learned a lot about zombies. I knew there were different types but not that many.
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Fidori Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
That was pure delight to read :) I agree with your idea of continuing the track that was set in the remake of "Dawn of the Dead", as I don't want to see a zombie movie with people surviving with nuclear weapons in their backpockets while the zombies can barely walk, even less move.
I want the "survivors" to run, chop some poor zombies to pieces with random objects (though not of military sort), and then run a bit more until they finally get torn apart and/or eaten by these more predator-alike zombies without knee joints borrowed from grandma.
After that...Credits.

Actually, there should be a global movement working day after day to prevent people from making bad zombie movies.. anyone up for the challenge? :)
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chemiicals Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was amazing.
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pspnerd Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
i was eating cheese while i was reading this - not recommended XD
especially as i HATE zombies, im totally TERRIFIED of them. but it made me lol and its atually really interesting to read all about the zombies in old films ^^
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milo25 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
This is a great topic, why ARE zombies so awesome?!

I didn't like Land or Diary of the Dead but all the others are great. Slow zombies are best in my opinion.

If you guys wanna check out our comedy-horror zombie web series it's over at [link]. We'd appreciate the support!

In the meantime, I'm off to check out more zombie action on DeviantArt!
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gamernotskater Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!! i agree with everything you said! like in the remake of dawn of the dead, how they ran, was pure common sense. if a hungry animal that want nothing but food does not run, they arnt really in there primal nature. isent that what all zombies are? they are in there primal nature, trying to get food to survive. great work and thank you for showing the people that would be "food" fist, what a zombie really is.
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Katerina423 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work!! :clap:
This piece has been featured in Halloween Special: Ten Great Horror Films :pumpkin:

Thanks for creating great art :)
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Olitoth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Professional Writer
Excellent !

By the way : "Dead walk, you run !". Damned, I hate the zombies who run on the new films...

For me, the zombies are the image of our own death. You can resist, you can run : the dead comes for you too.

And, right it's horrible to die like "eat", lol.
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chasingsirens Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
this was fun to read! zombies are super awesome. my favorite is shaun of the dead for it's humor & 28 days later for it's creepiness. i also learned that zombies may have come about because in the past, they didn't have the technology to diagnose comas. they thought the person was dead, so they buried them. like yours, this is just a little sliver of zombie trivia i picked up.
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stuntz4life Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
having someone like you blogging with us would be an honour. hope you do!
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stuntz4life Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
hmm cool information, guess if your interested, you can join me and friends bloggin about a zombie invasion.

Its an idea by a zombie lover FOR zombie lovers. Basically wat u gotta do is start a blog, any random blog, and start blogging from the perspective of a person who's town has just been attacked by zombies. Its up to you to decide what you are gonna do in that situation. Kill people. Zombies. Wateva. You wanna do it as if you were a policeman, its all up to you. Just forward me the blog cause i plan to put it up on a forum.

This is my blog which i just started. Not really good so far but guess mayb you could do better. Spread the word if you think its a good idea.

[link]
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crazyguy473 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
have you ever seen the FIRST EVER movie to include zombies
o god it sucked
i dont know why the idea caught on

BTW it was white zombie
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MaddiHatter Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Have you read the books "World War Z" and "The Zombie Survival Guide" by Max Brooks? If you enjoy realistic zombies you should find these books. They're good. But you don't have to take my word for it.:zombie:
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neofran15 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
I am scared shitless of zombies..but something about the lore keeps bringing me back.
this whole thing is veerrry interesting =)
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pspnerd Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
same here i get sooo scared of them, i cant even watch a zombie film without watching something funny after to take the scariness away ^^ but i KEEP coming back, looking at photos, designing my own, watching zombie films, theyre kinda addictive XD
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neofran15 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
zombies are just so addicting..lmao, I am writing a zombie story, and there for a little while, I was becoming paranoid :paranoid: I was watching the old dawn of the dead non stop on youtube too...so I had to give myself a break from the whole scene.
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pspnerd Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
oooo good luck with it! r u posting it on here? x
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neofran15 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Yes, it is quite develpoed actually, it is called the chronicles of me under the literature section in my gallery if u wanna look =)
if not i'm not spamming.
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pspnerd Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
lol cool ill look it up :)
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neofran15 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
hey thanks =)
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BlackMurano Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all of this is very true. Bravo
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ArnaT Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
I'm SO with you man, LAND OF THE DEAD SUCKS!! [just wanna know WHAT did Romero smoke when he came up with ..that horrible waste of money..]
Dawn of the dead, the remake is one of the best zombie flicks ever... although I liked 28 days later... You see, the virus that makes them want to kill everything is the very same thing that keeps the infected united, i mean they seem to be able to recognice each other from the uninfected..
It's like regular zombies (classic zombies) why don't they eat each other? Same thing to me.. plus the rage virus thing sounds a lot more logical and believable than dead people coming back to life, although that is way cooler than some über rabies.
Looking forward to seeing your board game soon =D

P.S.: T-Virus or die.-
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flairestears Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
28 days later made me cry when i saw the zombie baby. that was so sad.
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Melkitty Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Actually I think the idea of a mindless zombie is more than a bit of a cliche in horror movies. There have to be zombies that have minds or souls, if only to break the stereotype of the Romero zombie. Of course, you could list zombies from movies like My Boyfriend's Back as Zombie-ghosts.
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jessesk8rboi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
doh!!! minus the question mark and add lots of little periods.......lol
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jessesk8rboi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
nice...i always wondered while deployed what a zombie outbeak in the middle of iraq would be like?
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SinaSama Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
I LOVE ZOMBIES :love: they are sooo great!
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im666 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
cause they eat people..i like this.
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RS-Valentine Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
This is genius! You've done well.
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