What is with the zombie obsession?

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  1. Spoken

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    What is with this current fascination with zombies? When did it suddenly explode as a fad?
    Was it the zombie survival guide that brought it back?
     
  2. EyeTrainUFC

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    No it was the Thriller video.
     
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    Bath salt dealers started it to make money imo
     
  4. Djangoman2k

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    I think it started with the first Resident Evil movie, then movies like Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, and others propelled it to the forefront.
     
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    wha? current? it's been going on for at least 4-5 years. i think it's actually waned a little bit over the past year or two.
     
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    It lets men fantasize about the ultimate survival situation. You have enemies and you have no choice but to take them out. They are however, soulless and stupid, reducing both guilt and difficulty from the situation. From there it's a matter of every self sufficient man skill you can name. Bootlegging...think about that! Alcohol to relieve shell shock. Using it as a form of currency. You are a valuable person. It's a list that goes on and on, because it lets men discuss manly things!

    I think Resident Evil 1 deserves considerable credit for the infection.
     
  7. m0353

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    Kind of like saying what's with this slasher obesseion during the 80's and 90's.

    My opinion is that zombie films have always had staying power and fandom on some level. In the 60's to mid 70's it was the George A. Romero films. After that it was the Italian zombie gore films. Then comedy was fused with Return of the Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead (deadites are possessed humans, but very similar) and Braindead (Peter Jackson). The 90's probably wasn't a great decade for big zombie films, but Resident Evil, 28 ______ Later, Shaun of the Dead and Snyder's Dawn of the Dead; as well as the literature from Walking Dead and World War Z revived the genre.

    Take into account that it's now been nearly 50 years of the modern zombie films, there are alot of film makers influenced by the genre (from Raimi, Snyder, Wright, Jackson, etc) and the genre has a bigger demographic (Romantic thriller Warm Bodies and the film, and the comedy Zombieland, and the action thriller film based on World War Z, video games (which have used the genre for decades), and having a well recieved show based on the Walking Dead TV series, it shows people are still interested in it.

    Why? It's all subjective. For me, it's the complete transformation and break down of society that I like. I also like how the monsters are humanized, but at the same time its just some relentless evil without a reason (unlike with some other current horror films where the antagonist is given a backstory on why he is evil, so he really isn't "evil").

    It's the fact that you have to come to a decision that your family might not be your family anymore and have to shoot them; playing with your morals and ethical shit and what not.

    It's also the survival aspect, about how you can live so equipped and be so prepared for months and within an instant you could be dead and eaten.
     
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    Great post. Konshu be praised.

    The Zombie genre, like any post apocalyptic genre, is very thought provoking for me.
     
  9. m0353

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    Why thank you my good sir
     
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    The reason zombies are popular is because it allows people to imagine a scenario where they are allowed to blow people away without any of the moral repercussions of killing someone.

    It is good vs evil in a literal sense, and that is something that has spoken to people since the concept first came about.

    Plus they are awesome.
     
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    Because people got tired of killing Nazi.
     
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  13. m0353

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    What about the to be released Sean Bean Nazi Zombie film?
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    Is it straight horror or comedy/horror?
     
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    Its a teen / young adult thing , lame walking dead show, cool COD zombie games and others, its a way for them to pretend theyre in some post apocolyptic world that they and theyre friends can play in
     
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    It's suppose to be a British thriller/horror film. There was a rumour that Tom Savini would direct it, but Shaun Robert Smith will. Looking at his IMDB page and some of his films, it appears he's a low-budget horror director getting his first big budget-ish (5 million pounds) film.

    My hopes aren't too high, but neither was it when I saw Dead Snow and I was pleased with the overall production
     
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    Im hoping it's dying down.

    Zombies are just lame as fuck bad guys.

    As I've said many a time.
     
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    I'm currently addicted to Tranzit and survival in town from black ops 2, lol
     
  19. Zer

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    I'm bored of zombies too. Along with the spate of zombie flicks there were a fuckload of zombie videogames as well. Admittedly for the most part they were pretty good (L4D, Dead Rising, Dead Island, Project Zomboid, Day-Z, The Walking Dead), but still, zombies out the ass for a long while there
     
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    I like Zombies, or at least used to like. It's just so oversaturated nowadays that I want it to go away. Vampires have always been meh to me, but I'd guess it's the same thing with them.
     

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