It’s rare but there are zombies who manage to rise above their undead state and become leaders. These characters are pretty common in the Romero zombie stories. In Dawn of the Dead we saw Flyboy suddenly become a leader when, as soon as he turned, he lead the zombies in the mall through the false wall to where the other survivors were hiding. Romero seems to grant his zombies a high degree of tool use and intelligence. It also seems in the later movies that the zombies are somehow growing and developing. They are starting to come back to themselves in some ways. And so Big Daddy comes along and leads an all-out assault on the survivors city with weapon in hand. He calls out, well he moans out battle cries and even instructs other zombies in what to do. He showed compassion by trying to help the other zombies and keep them from getting killed. This level of intelligence is something more befitting a monster than a zombie yet there we have it in the heart of zombie country.
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Tags: big daddy, Land of the Dead, leaders, Romero, Romero zombie, zombie, zombies
Tags: mud, mudders, season 4, the walking dead, zombie, zombie types, zombies
I have to give credit where credit is due. Two episodes of the Walking Dead in season 4 inspired this wonderful zombie type. To be perfectly clear, Mudders are regular old zombies. There’s nothing special or unusual about them in any way. (I mean besides the fact that they are walking corpses.)
Mudders are regular zombies who have become stuck in the mud. They’ve appeared several times on the Walking Dead but in one case they appeared en mass. This is a real danger, when a group of them are stuck together. Eventually the weather will change, the rain will come and they’ll get free. Until then, they are just waiting to get out and get you. The good news is that they are easy to pick off and a moat of mud isn’t too hard to make. Get one set around your house and you’ve got a great way of slowing down the zombies and leaving them easier to take out. Just be careful you don’t get stuck in the mud yourself.
Tags: 50's, Dames dead, Fido, James Dean, Tammy, zombie, zombies, zombillies
Zombillies are a fun type of zombie that you’ll find in the Rockabilly world. A great movie for examples of Rockabillies is Fido. I’ve actually already blogged about one particular zombilly, Tammy. Not only a sexy zombilly chick from the movie Fido but also a Lolitaesque love-slave zombie. (More on Tammy here.)
The 1950′s are a great wealth of pop-culture. All the social revolution that burst forth in the sixties grew directly out of the experienced of the 1950′s. The post-WWII era saw a boom in all areas of pop culture with music, furniture, clothing and so on bursting forth. More than anything else what probably defines the 50′s for many people is the music. The birth of rock and roll, coming out of the fusion of African rhythm and Irish skiffle music lead to a truly original American musical style we can see coming to the fore in the 3o’s in people like Woodie Guthrie and Leadbelly.
Ok, this isn’t a music history lesson. The bottom line is rock is amazing. It’s been decades, and it’s remained a constant cultural force globally. Those who love it, love it all and especially it’s roots. And hey, you know what else has been a constant cultural element? Zombies. Yup. Unfortunately these two, once countercultural icons are now sadly the mainstay of our lives and do lack a bit of the freshness they used to possess. But hey. They still sort or rule. So shut up and and enjoy the images, because this week, is Zombilly week!
Tags: carriers, coughers, disease, new zombie, spread, the walking dead, types, vectors, zombie
There’s been a profound change on AMC’s the Walking Dead this season, (4) which ramps up the danger posed by the zombies to a new level. I know some people who’ve seen the new season but missed the difference.
It’s disease carrying zombies and they represent a whole new kind of nasty.
As the story this season has progressed people have started getting sick. Without the usual types of medicine and disease prevention, sickness is spreading through the survivors. What we’ve seen is sickness carried by pigs and humans but also spread by zombies who were infected and died of their sickness. Keep in mind this is NOT the same sickness that turns people into zombies in the first place. It’s just a regular sickness that would be treatable under normal circumstances. In one brilliant scene some survivors are trapped between some approaching zombies who died of the sickness and are therefore dangerous carriers, and another group of zombies which are coming from the other direction. That was it. That was the moment the Walking Dead turned a corner and made it clear that there were two distinct groups of walkers out there.
Tags: growers, plants, season 4, the walking dead, zombie, zombies
One of the few things The Walking Dead has really done right in season 4 is showing the further deterioration of the world around the prison. At the point in time when the story takes place, the walkers have been around for a while and nature is starting to encroach on the cities in small ways like vines and plants growing rapidly. Which in an environment like Georgia would happen super fast.
There were two great scenes where we saw what I’d call growers. One where we saw a real, full on grower in the woods. A camper who had died under a tree and had rotten away quite a bit. Moss was growing on him and he seemed to be becoming part of the tree and the land around him. Oddly enough I found that idea rather comforting in a way.
In another scene we see zombies emerging from, and hung up in a patchwork of vines. The level of deterioration and integration with the plants is quite different but in both cases we have zombie which have been in a place long enough for plants to grow up around them and ensnare them or become virtually inseparable from them.
Tags: brain eaters, flesh eaters, Night of the Living Dead, return of the living dead, what do zombies eat?, Why do zombies eat brains?, zombie, zombie diet, zombies
What do zombies eat?
Seems like a pretty obvious question with an easy answer right?
After all, zombies eat brains, don’t they?
No, actually they don’t. Somehow the feeding habits of our favorite monsters have gotten a bit mixed up over the years. Up until the Return of the Living Dead in 1985 zombies didn’t eat brains at all. In the early 30′s, 40′s and 50′s zombies were simply mindless victims who had been altered by voodoo magic and often used as some sort of slaves.
In the 60′s Romero’s zombies came to life so to speak and feasted on the FLESH of the living. In his series, zombies eat people and only people. Or at least they did until he gave us Survival of the Dead in which we find zombies eating horses. That image of the flesh eating zombie survived until the 80′s.
From that point on the idea of zombies as brain eaters has widely persisted in the cultural context. It’s just what they do. And there’s no turning back. With 17 solid years of zombies as flesh eaters between 1968 and 1985 and nearly thirty years since Return of the Living Dead came out, the brain eaters have won the day.
Or have they?
See the simple truth is that even brain eaters eat flesh. There’s just no way around it. Every single zombie movie depicts zombies eating flesh. Even the ones where the zombies go for people’s brains show them chowing down on some good old fashioned human meat. They go for the guts, the necks, legs, arms whatever they can get their hands on. In some cases we see one zombie chowing down on the brain while others go for the guts and the body. It’s highly unusual for brain eaters not to go for the body as well.
So, given the fact that flesh eaters came first, and brain eaters eat flesh, it looks like the scale is actually tipped in favor of the flesh eaters. So when someone asks you what zombies eat next time, tell them they eat people! Brains, flesh and all!
Tags: fast zombies, fear, Halloween, panic, runners, slow zombies, walkers, zombie, zombie types, zombies
It’s the classic argument when it comes to zombies, fast or slow? Runners or walkers? Shuffling, shambling horrors are wild mad-eyed creatures bent on destruction.
The impression you get looking around the interwebs is that the reason most people who don’t like zombies or zombie movies find them silly because they move so damned slow. They’re so easy to get away from you don’t really have to run at all. Just a light stroll will do.
These same people will more than likely be at least a bit more inclined to like zombie flicks where the zombies are fast-paced runners like the ones we see in 28 Days Later.
I have to admit to finding both types particularly gruesome but for very different reasons as they represent two varieties of fear.
The slow zombies, walkers or shufflers or shamblers, whatever you choose to call them, are going to get you. No matter what you do, how fast you run or how well you board up your farm house they will eventually overtake you. Like time, they are inevitable. Throughout our lives at some points we become horribly aware of our own mortality. A teenager realizes he is not immortal, a child realizes mom and dad won’t be around forever. And as we slowly age we become all too aware of our mortality as time grinds us down.
Slow zombies are like that slow terror that grips us, that inevitableness. They are like the dream where you fell like you’re running through mud or water and just can’t get away no matter how hard you try.
Oddly enough though many people’s idea of the slow zombie is a bit misguided. I frequently hear people reference the Romero movies like Night of the Living Dead because those zombies are so slow and stupid. Yet on recent viewings of those movies I found the zombies weren’t the dimwitted slow moving things you’d expect. Some were, there were crowds of them after all. But many of the primary zombies were pretty fast moving, used tools and were more like deranged drunks than lurching automatons.
Still, to be fair, they are not the all out sprinting maniacs we see in a lot of other zombie films. The sorts of fast runners we first encounter in Return of the Living Dead and later in 28 Days Later seem to be the norm today and for good reason.
These sorts of things go to the heart of the panicked fear we all experience. The sudden jump, the instinct to flight or flight. There was a story in the news earlier this month about a stampede of people at a temple in India killing over a hundred people. That’s nothing to take lightly. It’s a deep rooted fear that drives people to trample over each other. That horror, the panic in the crowd, the chaotic sort of drowning in people is a horrible thing to experience.
This points to another sort of fear, that of losing control. We like to think that if we can just explain ourselves, or talk to our enemies or opponents, that we can convince them of what we feel or think. We think we can show them that we are right and they will agree. But it’s unnerving to face something that we cannot reason with. Understandable at least when it’s not a living thing like a storm or an earthquake. But when it’s a person, or in this case something that looks like a person it’s terrifying. When confronted with real madness or blind hate or rage we have a hard time coping.
For my part, I like a combination of both fast and slow zombies. I think the blend we see in some movies and on the TV show the Walking Dead is quite good. Fresh zombies are fast and they get slower the more they rot.
So either way, this Halloween, if you’re into the slow, fast or the simply bizarre, have a great time with your zombies and don’t be afraid to let the fear in. After all that’s half the fun.
Tags: heads, the governor, the walking dead, zombie, zombies
AMC’s The Walking Dead has done an amazing job so far of not only freaking me out while telling a hell of a good story but they’ve developed some incredible characters along the way. The despotic baddy of the Governor is one of the best, most human villains we’ve ever seen. (And yes, I know the show and the comics are quite different.)
One brilliant scene that speaks volumes without saying anything has the governor in his “study” looking at fish tanks full of severed zombie heads, still chomping weakly away at the world.
We could say that it’s sort of like watching TV for the governor, in a world without TV. But watching heads chomping away in desperation within their tank means a hell of a lot more than that to him. With his infected daughter locked up just a matter of feet away it’s impossible to think it’s just recreation.
Staring at their dead faces, blank eyes, emotionless hunger, for hours. Michonne’s attackers are there, the military guy the Governor killed, all of them, endlessly hungering. Was it one of them who bit his daughter? Who were they in life? Who were they in death?
In the actor’s own words:
“Well, for me there is a sense of: if you’re going to survive in this world you’d better have a thick skin and be able to desensitize yourself to the things that you are going to see around you. And I certainly think there’s a sense of the Governor doing that. It’s also his plaything. It’s his man cave. It’s where he goes, so it’s about where he looks into the deepest place inside himself and that’s where he goes for that. That room is very special to him.”
Tags: Dellamore, Dellamorte, Francesca, Gnaghi, heads, zombie, zombies
Having looked at some great heads this week in zombie lore one of my favorites would have to be Francesca from Dellamorte Dellamore or Cemetery Man. The daughter of the Mayor of the small town of Bafalore, Francesca was in love with the bad boy motorcycle gang leader Paolo. Death can change a person’s feelings though and with her body and head no longer in cohesive contact she found herself enthralled with the simplest simpleton of them all, Gnaghi. The poor fat bastard kept her around his little hovel and even stuck her inside his TV, (the screen having been shot out) where she did a little song for him.
Francesca is an unusual type of zombie in that she was a head, was able to talk just fine, (despite not having a neck, vocal cords, or air to move them,) and was even ambulatory. She could follow Gnaghi along the ground and was even able to launch herself from her TV tank at her loving father when he threatened to separate her and Gnaghi. Dear Francesca is, of course, just a fun fictional element fulfilling the roll her character was meant to do in a very unusual and introspective little zombie flick.
If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check out one of my personal favorite zombie movies, Dellamorte Deallmore.
Tags: beauties, Clara, genesis, leticia dolera, zombie, zombie hunter, zombies, [Rec]3
About two weeks ago I started posting a week of the sexiest undead women I’ve seen in zombie movies. These ladies fall into a category of sirens I called “beauties,” (I’m so original.) At about the same time I got a request to draw the woman from [Rec]3 but, having not seen [Rec]3 yet I had to take a little time going through the series.
So my plan to illustrate five beautiful zombie babes started off great with Trash, Anna Falchi, Julie Walker and Tammy. For the fifth entry I was at a bit of a loss and was about to use a character from Evil Dead 3 but I was so taken with the horrible creature in the attic at the end of the first [Rec] film that I decided to abandon the beauties and just make an absolute horror.
Then I saw [Rec]3 and fell in love. I totally understand why the guys over at Zombease love this woman so much. It was fun illustrating her but I have to admit to having developed a massive schoolboy crush on this amazing woman. Played by Leticia Dolera, Clara is both the absolute most amazing zombie fighter to come along and unfortunately, by the end of the movie, the most beautiful zombie as well. I’m in love!
This week I’ll be posting a few of the beautiful women who hunt zombies down!