I have been thinking about this particular subject matter for most of the day and I wanted to share it with those willing to spend a bit of time reading this. A few of my friends and loved ones think that I am crazy with my fascination with zombie flicks. The thing that I enjoy the most about zombie movies isn’t the zombies themselves or the reason that the zombies are there. Sometimes there being no explaination of why there are zombies in a zombie flick is better (I am not a movie expert, or an extreme literary jedi master).
The joy/interest/excitement comes more from the human side of said movie/graphic novel. For me zombie flicks/series are all about survival. Its about watching individuals making decisions that as a viewer you can look at and either agree with or disagree with. Maybe I have taken it a bit far by googling the zombie response team. But even their website tries to prepare people for potential calamities. These aren’t all zombie related. But if there was a disaster, what would you buy/loot from the supermarket? Would it be beauty products, perishable goods, non perishable goods, booze, water or all of the above? Have you considered IF you would even be able to take all of the things you want? What would be the essentials you would take?
Sometimes I actually feel that some of these flicks/series make you really think what would you do in certain situations. The Walking Dead is one of my favourite TV shows (also because I read the graphic novel but that’s an aside) because it asks many questions about that probably unimaginable disaster.
I don’t want to make this post as though I am psychoanalysing TV, but consider how real romcoms are in their madness of how people hook up, or action movies about how heroes win at the end of the day. I mean I like them because they are entertaining, but some of the incidents are hard to relate to (personally. I am sure there are a few people who know Jason Bourne-esq people. We all have incidents when we do slightly extraordinary things (for some especially when they are intoxicated) but they are once off incidents).
Zombie flicks/series bring a reality to the question of what would you do if your back was against the wall. Back to The Walking Dead, another question is how would you justify to yourself what you did and why you did it. The moral fabric of society has been temporarily stripped away. You have to decide if you join the new “moral” fabric of the new reality or fight for what you know within some kind of reason.
They are girls!
They are not girls! They are zombies….
They are not. They are zombie strippers – Zombie Strippers (2008)