With ‘The Walking Dead’ shuffling along triumphantly in its third – and arguably best – season, and foreign films like ‘Juan of the Dead’ and ‘The Horde’ quietly making waves, zombies are finally starting to get the mainstream success they deserve.
Zombie culture’s hardly a new phenomenon though. From George Romero's 1968 classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’ to Edgar Wright's riotous ‘Shaun of the Dead’, these cannibal corpses have been amassing a cult following among fans for decades now. But what's the appeal behind our favourite flesh-eating ghouls?
Like any good fright fest, the best of the genre are usually ripe with social commentary. Romero's ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (and its 2004 remake) spoke of our mindless commercial extravagance, while ‘Shaun of the Dead’ was all about overcoming personal apathy.
So, the question is, what does this year’s higher-profile zombie offerings have to say? Will they have the same resonance as the classics – or are they destined to face the proverbial shotgun blast to the head? Let’s tear into the guts of what we know so far and make some (somewhat) educated guesses.
I like her for her braaaaaaaaains
Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, ‘Warm Bodies’ has been primed as the next ‘Twilight’, which seems like a pretty unfair comparison. For one thing, this adaptation by director Jonathan Levine doesn’t immediately look like it’s going to suck. (The pun-fu is strong with us.)