I don’t get it.
What is the big freakin’ deal with zombies?
I’d gone for years being completely unaware of zombies. Not my style of horror film. No real interest. The walking dead? Didn’t really care. Give me the classics. Give me Universal and its rip-offs. Zombies? Universal didn’t do zombies.
At work, though? I’m writing up solicits and articles on zombies left and right. Everybody and their mother has zombie products it seems.
What’s the big freakin’ deal? How can all of these products survive in the marketplace? How many more angles of the zombie apocalypse are there to play? What cultural touchstone does the zombie hit, anyway? Vampires speak to forbidden sexuality. Werewolves speak to the beastly side of human nature. The Frankenstein monster is symbolic of science run amok. But the zombie? What the fuck, people? What cultural norm does the zombie offend?
And who coined the phrase “zombie apocalypse,” anyway?
Don’t get me wrong. I liked 28 Days Later. I liked Shaun of the Dead. The movie coming up about the 1950s where zombies are pets and servants looks like it could be stupid fun.
I just don’t get the zombie love.