Shambling Toward Armageddon.

Sometimes I think zombies are overdone. What George Romero created on a shoestring budget—brilliant and terrifying as it was—seems to have inspired too many copies, tributes, parodies, and cultural references. Zombies are loved by budget-watching producers because they can be really cheap to create. Put some greenish-white makeup and thrift store clothes on someone and, presto! Instant zombie! And, while Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead were intriguing cultural commentaries as well as great horror films, Re-Animator and others wonderfully played up the gore with a sick sense of humor. But there are only so many things you can do with a walking corpse. What made Shaun Of The Dead so damned funny was that the zombies were almost secondary to the drama of a guy reluctantly growing up, but that’s also why, watching it, I felt like it was the apex of the zombie genre. Fido, which tried to push both humor and social commentary, was stale, heavy-handed, and failed on both counts. The fast-moving zombies of Resident Evil and 28 Days Later didn’t scare me all that much because they weren’t that different from what I’d seen a hundred times before. Sure, they could run instead of shambling, but so what? It’s like being asked, “Would you rather die by electrocution or drowning?” Slow-moving, dull-eyed zombies are scary because of sheer numbers. They’re the ultimate metaphor for mob rule, but, after a while, I feel like every new zombie film that comes out is just another upright cadaver and that there’s a serious shortage of brains behind the cameras. Am I wrong? Are zombies finally finished?

Here’s a great animated video for your Friday entertainment:

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