"I Think, Therefore I Zombie." - Renee Descartes
Okay, maybe Descartes didn't REALLY say that, but he was thinking it! And that was a long time ago - I am sure.
A week before the return of The Walking Dead's 6th season and less than 3 weeks after Z Nation Season 2 arrived on Netflix, it is safe to say that the "zombie craze" is not going away anytime soon (that is SO like those zombies).
Fear The Walking Dead has a 2nd Season coming out this year and The Walking Dead is contracted for a 7th Season already. Couple these facts with November's rumor of "Zombie Godfather," George A. Romero's Empire Of The Dead comic book being developed for a slot on AMC and the recent success of iZombie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and A Scout's Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (which had some really funny stuff in it) and we have evidence of zombie-mania lingering around.
What makes zombies so appealing? Is it the gore? The idea of society coming to an end? The prospect of having to hunker down and survive against hordes of undead monsters? Or all of the above?
The answer is all of the above and more. Zombies are very versatile. They run the gamut of genres, from drama to horror to comedy to mystery. No matter the approach, zombies have remained popular in movies and TV shows for years.
Zombies are also a clever backdrop for more serious themes. Romero's original Night Of The Living Dead is a classic example. The zombies weren't really scary or imposing. The real point was that there was this slow death coming to devour all of the people in the farmhouse, but they couldn't put aside their differences to overcome.
More recently, zombies dominate the world of The Walking Dead - AMC's hit TV show. Though the zombies are a huge threat on the show, the story has always included the more threatening concept of humans in a world with no law and order.
Matt is a writer/filmmaker in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Follow me on Twitter @Matt_InTheWoods