Original zombies have lost their luster

I’m taking it way back to the middle of the semester when we had our zombie category. I’ve been waiting to make an argument about how zombies aren’t respected anymore.  They’ve been the butt of all the jokes and they simply aren’t the same zombies from Night of the Living Dead, etc. To further prove my point, and without using too much of the movies Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, here is a classic clip about horny zombies from the well known show Saturday Night Live:

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Zombies have needs too!

The next thing I found were humorous books about zombies. Not only are they making fun of zombies but the authors seem like they’re saying that zombies are so cliche and that they’ve figured them all out and now everyone could survive a zombie attack. The books were found from http://www.thinkgeek.com/

This first book I found really caught my attention. I remember that scene from Shaun of the Dead where they tried to act like zombies to get into the bar.

Here’s some of the description of the actual book:

“Remember that scene in that zombie movie where the people survive by adopting the mannerisms and speech patterns of the zombie horde? They walk right through the undead and nobody even notices them. Totally the best idea ever, right?”

This second book is pretty self-explanatory. I guess humans have finally figured the zombies out. Now if only people in funny zombie movies could whip this out when in need…

Here’s their Top 10 lessons from their book description:

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

  1. Organize before they rise!
  2. They feel no fear, why should you?
  3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
  4. Blades don’t need reloading.
  5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
  6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
  7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
  8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
  9. No place is safe, only safer.
  10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

The last thing I noticed were all the different ways zombies are made fun of, especially on the internet.  I can pretty much guarantee you that there are more sites making fun of zombies than there are praising them.

Here are some of funny pictures I found on http://dailyzombie.com/comic-archive/

The original zombies have just lost their appeal. They’re so easy to make fun of and, in my opinion, could be easily taken care of in movies except all the humans work against each other, thus allowing the zombies to take over the human race.  Also, the original zombies have been overshadowed by the enhanced zombies that we see more often today (the more physically fit ones that can run, especially). I foresee that in another 10 years, those enhanced zombies will be the only type of zombies you’ll see in movies except for when they make parody movies that make fun of original zombies.

5 thoughts on “Original zombies have lost their luster

  1. I agree. Zombies are not really feared in movies anymore. They’ve been so incorporated in society that nobody takes them seriously. I’ve recently watched Zombieland and zombies in that movie aren’t the smartest bunch. I mean they’re smart, but the humans are smarter. Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and her sister would learn tricks to survive against the zombies at a faster rate than the zombies adapt to their habits. There are at least 2 scenes where the driver would just open the door while driving by and smack the zombie in the head. The zombies also, although vicious, come bumbling and running at the same time whenever Tallahassee makes a sound to attract them so he could kill them off in creative ways (i.e. the sound of a bell and a banjo.)

  2. Hmm this post seems very familiar… just joking. I definitely agree with you here that zombies have become the laughing stock of horror. I feel they have become as cheesy as the defenseless woman going into the dark room asking if anyone is there. I feel this is evident because in the past couple years, the most successful zombie movies have all been comedies. If this doesn’t show that zombies aren’t taken seriously; I don’t know what does.

  3. Andrew, you’re right. I can’t even remember the last successful zombie movie that wasn’t a comedy. Perhaps a resurgence of non-comedy zombie movies is in order. You can only make fun of zombies so much. Once they start making new zombies movies that are meant to by scary, maybe there will be more material to make fun of zombies.

    • Yes! Zombies need a really badass horrific movie in order to redeem themselves. I don’t want what happened to vampires to happen to zombies because if that doesn’t happen, in 2015 well be seeing a romantic zombie flick made for 13 year old girls. *cough*Twilight*cough*

      • I totally agree. The only thing is that I feel they’ve used all zombie concepts before. What have they not used for a zombie movie yet?

        Oh yeah, Twilight is the bane of all movies. Just saying!

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