This is my ode to Halloween. I just want to clear up one misconception that bugs the hell out of me every year since the movie appeared on the scene. When people vote on the best zombie movie made, it is inevitable that some ding dong will always want to include 28 days later. 28 days later is NOT a zombie movie. A zombie is a person who has been killed and rises from the dead to consume the flesh of the living.
In 28 days later, the people were INFECTED with a virus that was pure rage. They weren’t trying to eat the living, they were trying to kill the living from the rage they were feeling. That is a big difference. These infected people were alive and could be killed in any number of ways that didn’t have to include destroying the brain. I love the horror film genre and zombies being my ultimate favorite. I love Max Brooks’ book the Zombie handbook, it is hilarious and a lot of it is true if zombies were running amok. I just had to vent this fact as I am a purest when it comes to zombies whether in movies, books or television.
Now I do like watching the show The Walking Dead. My only problem with the series thus far is that the people are extremely stupid. I have an ongoing dialogue with the Mr that you CAN do a zombie movie where the people do everything right and still have a crazy good show. Because no matter how much you do right, zombies are relentless. They will chase the human population to the end of time. Everyone doesn’t always have to be the idiot.
In the show everyone seems to be doing everything wrong most of the time. Think about the episode where the group was out searching for the little girl Sophia. Well the dingbat Andrea somehow gets so far from the group that when “Forest Walker” the zombie jumped her, she screams and the group actually had a good trek to get to her. And her actions when the zombie jumped her were classically stupid. She stabs him in the stomach. HE IS DEAD YOU IDIOT THAT WON’T WORK!!!
Anywho, they all seem to do some classically stupid things which are supposed to get us all worked up. I think that if they just scream and ran away looking for the others would be better than backing up over a tree limb. But, hey that’s here nor there. I do like the show and think that for a television drama; it has hit a spot that was being totally ignored. And I believe that it has created a larger zombie fan base than was previously there. Or maybe I just wasn’t aware of just how many zombie fans were lurking around out there.
I just want to give a shout out to all my zombie lovers out there on a great day for being one.