I'm 21, and it may just be my generation, but I have noticed that there is a large emphasis on zombies in the imagination of men/boys.

I heard a friend suggest that they are the new aliens.
But in either case I don't understand what the attraction/fascination is.
Especially when they 'zombify' poster girls to make her look she has been decaying for a few years; makes me ill.

I also have some acquaintances who have a 'zombie survival plan' down to the last detail prepared.

Why do people invest so much energy into such a peculiar idea?
What is the attraction?
I'm mystified; if someone could provide some answers beyond "they are cool" I would greatly appreciate it.

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You're suspect for even asking the question.

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It's kind of like asking, Which is better, the top one, or the bottom one?

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That's a question without an answer. Just like, Why would the Bowles' buy all those dishes? http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/collections/bowles-collection...

I've read the exhibition guide. They don't have an answer.

Why are millions of people obsessing about zombies instead of 18th century porcelain? That's like asking, Why did the powers-that-be build the bottom building in the 1920s but the top one in the 1990s?

We can try to piece out the zeitgeist, but we're not going to get far. One theory I've read is that we're obsessed with brains and the border between life and death (as opposed to blood or brawn or other worlds - the obsessions related to past villains).

[Guess who's upset the Navy is making it super-hard to visit the museum this weekend?]

Metaphorical dissertation simultaneously portraying, exploring, and dissecting the modern American fears of facing an enemy comprised of unthinking, unyielding hordes with a single hive minded focus and intent to both feed off us, and destroy us; and our inability to either stop, slow down, dismiss, or even speak of our enemy without raising the level of fear in which we find ourselves; thus decreasing our own safety and increasing our insecurities.

So its a recreational vent for social insecurities? And one that is simple so a guaranteed win?
So would you say they are necessary in that instance?

One that allows us to speak to that which may not be spoken to.

So this fear is in many Americans?
How did it get there?

Dude, pay attention.  I can't talk about it.  Just watch the damn movie.

I can't talk about it.  Just watch the damn movie.

Wow. That is an epic quote.

So this fear is in many Americans?
How did it get there?

 

My fear of zombies started with the 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead. A movie so horrifyingly frightening when I saw it as a kid that to this day I still can't watch it. Interestingly enough though, the 2004 remake is a favorite movie of mine. Along with Shaun of the Dead and 28 Weeks Later. But I believe the mainstream fascination with zombies started with Night of the Living Dead (1968). A classic and terrifying movie in its own right. 

White Zombie, Bela Lugosi, 1932.

That's the standard line about a lot of tragic art.

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