“Say what you will, but I think that a good straight-edged weapon and a good pair of boots are going to be your best chance of survival.” – Cora Mercer
I love zombies. I’m scared to death of them, but I love them. *grins* I am not a big horror person. I don’t read it much, I don’t write it really at all (though there are some ideas in my brain that would probably scare the crap out of people if I ever put pen to paper) and I certainly don’t watch horror films.
Except that I do if there’s zombies involved.
I got sucked into the zombie genre by Resident Evil. I watch the first movie because I love Milla Jovovich and I heard that James Purefoy was in it. I hadn’t ever played the video games because, well, they scared the crappy out of me! But I watched it, and loved it and I loved Shaun of the Dead even more.
There’s been a glut of excellent zombie movies lately, everything from the truly terrifying to hysterically funny. There’s also been an influx of books on the subject – Jonathan Maberry’s Patient Zero will keep you up nights, while you want to not drink anything if you read Mark Henry’s Happy Hour of the Damned.
What is it about zombies that fascinates us so? It’s certainly not the glamorous immortality of vampires. Or the raw brutality of werewolves. There’s a lizard-brain reaction to the idea of hordes of undead shambling around looking to nom on our flesh, something about the idea of our bodies coming back to life after death. It’s a terror that hides right there in the back of your throat no matter how much you try to deny it. Because there is no reasoning with zombies, no avoiding them, and no killing the undead. At least not without a lot of work.
*grins* Or maybe we just really want a justifiable reason to bash our neighbor’s head in with a shovel. (Come on! You know you’ve thought about it.)
What’s your favorite zombie movie/book? What’s your plan for the Zombie Apocalypse? Who do you want on your team when the end comes? Where do you stand on the great “stay on the move” vs. “hole up and fight” debate?
Grab a shovel and join the conversation!