Zombies. Everyone knows what a zombie is. There have been versions of zombie in every recorded society. And there is more zombies in media than you can count.
So, in honor of it being October and shows like The Walking Dead and iZombie coming back, I figure I would take a look at zombies in media.
The first film to feature animated corpses was in 1932. It was called White Zombie and starred Bela Lugosi. However, it wasn't until the 1968 cult classic George Romero film, Night of the Living Dead, and its sequel, 1978's Dawn of the Dead. zombies really became mainstream. Three years later, Sam Rami made The Evil Dead, and in 1989 we got the classic, Pet Cemetery.
Zombie were than stuck in pop culture. In the 2000s, we got films such as Resident Evil, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, I am Legend, and Zombieland. We even got a kids film in ParaNorman. And don't forget the Zombie rom-com, Warm Bodies. Zombies have become more than just something to scare you. They have become another tool to tell great stories and to even make one laugh at times.
This fact has never been more clear than in the 2015, 2016 zombie horror-comedies Scouts Vs. Zombies, Cooties, and Pride and Prejudiced and Zombies.
Of course you know about AMC's massive hit, The Walking Dead. Whether you have seen an episode of not, most have at last heard of it. The Walking Dead is just the biggest of the several television series out there right now. Zombies have never been bigger on the small screen.
Yes, shows like CW's iZombie, SyFy's Z Nation, and BBC's In The Flesh are big right now. And who can forget the prequel to The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead (which I still think is a dumb name). However, shows focusing solely on zombies are scarce and far between. One of the more popular ones was a miniseries in 2008, Dead Set. It was about a zombie outbreak on a season of Big Brother.
But every supernatural/ science fiction show had their own zombie episodes. Community had "Epidemology". Buffy had "Dead Man's Party". X-Files had "Millennium". IGN has a solid list of zombie episodes.
In Video Games/Comics/Books
Zombies in video games have been around for a long time. Some of the more famous franchises are Resident Evil (1996-present), Dead Rising (2006-present), Dead Space (2008-2013), and Left 4 Dead (2008-2009). Of course, other games had had zombie in them. Like T.V., every science fiction or fantasy game has their own version of zombies show up at some point. Call of Duty: World at War even started one of the franchises most popular modes in 2008: Zombie Survival Mode.
Zombie comics have been around since the 80s. Deadworld, a comic about surviving the zombie apocalypse, has been ongoing since 1987. The Walking Dead, the comic the show is based on, is still a popular comic book. Of course, who could forget Marvel Zombies, a comic miniseries where all of your favorite heroes are turned into zombies.
I can't even count the number of zombie books. Max Brooks is an awesome author with The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is being turned into movie. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry and The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell are books all zombie fans should read. Warm Bodies is awesome. Ex-Heroes, which combines zombies and superheros, is also awesome.