The sight of a dead person with smelly rotting flesh, out stretched hands, hunting for human meat, repeatedly saying a particular word after a set interval and walking at the speed of a turtle with two legs should be a dead give away that you are in Zombie land. The mindless living dead aka Zombies have captivated the imagination of many people around the world.
So before I move on to the essential part of this article, I because I did provide some background information on the zombie culture as I found it very interesting indeed. I hope you do too.
The Zombie culture was first introduced in movies with 1938 production called White zombie and was later popularized by the 1968 film Night of the living dead. Which in turn lead to other famous productions such as The evil dead, Return of the living dead, Resident Evil and the 2003 release 28 days later.
An interesting theory that came to mind while writing this article is the small possibility that Zombie characters could have been inspired by one of the most influential names in horror stories and horror movies Frankenstein. Although Frankenstein is more often referred to as a Monster rather than a Zombie, it is difficult to miss the striking similarities. The question is not if Frankenstein is a zombie or not, rather, is Frankenstein the father of all Zombies? I'll let you decide.
One of the most compelling reasons that led me to this theory while doing research on the topic was, the first Frankenstein movie with sound was released in 1931, titled Frankenstein. The sequel to the movie The bride of Frankenstein was released in 1935. On the other hand, the first ever zombie movie White Zombie was only released in 1938.
Frankenstein was born in 1818 through a novel written by Mary Shelley. However, the 1931 release of the movie Frankenstein was modified from the original version of the novel. In contrast with the films adaptation, Frankenstein was not created out of dead body parts in the novel. There have also been references to the introduction of the word zombie to American culture through the 1929 book The Magic Island by WB Seabrook. The narrator describes his experience in Haiti, where Voodoo cults practiced the art of resurrection. This information adds another twist to the tale; Could Frankenstein have been an inspiration from zombie tales?
Another interesting question that popped up was, if Frankenstein is not a zombie, then who is the most famous zombie of all time? Some rather strange names popped into my head when I asked myself that question I must admit. Could Jesus classify as a zombie? If he could then it would definitely make him the most famous. How about Eddie the head, the mascot of British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, Kenny from South Park, Michael Jackson in Thriller, Imhotep from The Mummy, or the girl in the well from the movie The Ring. Can you think of any more?
I have tried to find a list of the most famous zombies of all time and could not find one. There are numerous others about top 10 zombie movies and such but none about an individual zombie.
This Zombie madness has not only found its way to the movie and music industries as mentioned above but also have a huge influence on the gaming industry. There have been numerous zombie shooting games made.