Since the 1930s zombie films have been creeping out of Hollywood. Zombie
films feature some sort of corpse or corpses chasing after the living.
It may seem like a silly idea at first: why would anybody be interested
in watching movies where a bunch of people with bad makeup are trying to
devour the human race? The concept of the dead rising from the grave,
though, is actually a fascinating phenomenon to ponder.
Even zombie movies can be thought of having some sort of a
The famous "Dead Trilogy" is an excellent example of a series
of films based on the ending of the human race. The Dead Trilogy
[consisting of Night of the Living Dead (1968),
Dawn of the Dead (1978), and Day of the Dead (1985)]
represents the ending of the world with the dead rising from the grave
and eating the living. The very concept of creatures who were once human
now feeding off of their own kind is an unpleasant thought, to say the
Another theme which frequently appears in zombie movies is the hell
brought on by government experiments. This is the basis of Return of the Living Dead (1985), Return of the Living Dead II (1988), and Return of the Living Dead III (1993).
In these movies, the zombies are created from an experimental chemical
produced by the military and somehow released onto a graveyard in each
movie. The idea of the military messing up and creating havoc is a
widely used concept in many monster films and again is used well with
these types of zombie movies.
In several zombie films, the presence of some evil force or black magic
which releases the zombies on the living is yet another theme. The Evil Dead (1982) and
The Evil Dead II
(1987) are based on the concept of evil possessing the living
and turning them into zombies.
Another element responsible for turning people into zombie fans for life
is the freakiness of familiarity the victims seem to have with the
creatures attacking them. Several zombie movies that I have watched show
a main character attacked by a zombie who was originally a friend or a
loved one. No matter how well you used to know a person, as soon as he
or she dies and comes back to life, all bonds are broken and you are now
no more than the next meal.
I know, you'd think people could find better things to do with their time, but then again, being a twisted person myself I don't see any reason to try and find other types of movies to watch.