When did zombies become the number one threat to humanity in horror movies and TV?
In the old days of movies, zombies were simply animated corpses, doing the will of some evil person. Or sometimes they were living people under a spell. Rather like supernatural puppets. Then they became sort of a joke, in movies like King of the Zombies and Zombies on Broadway. By the 1950s there was even a silly song titled Zombie Jamboree, recorded by various artists, from The Kingston Trio to Harry Belafonte to Rockapella to Harry Nilsson.
Then in 1968, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead gave us the version of zombies we now know best: the post-apocalyptic, mindless, flesh-eating undead. And a new sub-genre of horror was born. Now zombies aren’t under anyone’s spell. Now they’re ravenous creatures, who literally want to have us for dinner.
And the idea doesn’t stop with films and TV. Nope. Zombies have become part of popular literature. Which in turn, of course, becomes part of film and TV, with upcoming movie versions of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, World War Z, and the current television series The Walking Dead. There are even humorous books and studies of the genre.
So with Halloween in mind, check out some of the zombies in our collection. There’s a little something for –
Shall I say it?
Yeah, why not.
"There’s something for every appetite..."
- I Walked with a Zombie Shaun of the Dead
- Night of the Living Dead 28 Days Later
- Practical Magic 28 Weeks Later
- Resident Evil series Zombieland
- Corpse Bride The Walking Dead
And for a little light reading…
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War
- The Walking Dead graphic novels
- The Zombie Survival Guide
- You Might Be a Zombie
American Zombie Gothic: the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture