The zombie apocalypse is probably one of the most terrifying, although far-fetched and hopefully impossible, things that could ever happen. No matter which writer’s or director’s version of zombies you think of, they’re pretty terrifying. They don’t sleep, they don’t need rest, they can’t be reasoned with. They’re out for your blood (or brains, whatever), and nothing will stop them. Total war, as they say.
Of course, most movies use the slow-moving, single-minded, follow-the-food zombie, which is scary, but can thankfully be outrun if you meet just one or two. Then there’s the fast zombies that can run and climb and swarm and will fuck shit up. They’re even more terrifying. And, if that isn’t scary enough, in zombie master’s George A. Romero‘s Land of the Dead, the fourth movie of his Living Dead series, the zombies are actually beginning to think and plan their attacks.
Yes, they scare me. Now, I don’t actually believe that the zombie apocalypse will happen, but that doesn’t make it any less frightening for me. Like most people, I have always been fascinated by the idea of zombies. Besides Romero’s work, shows like The Walking Dead and movies like Warm Bodies and 28 Days Later have just fed that fascination.
So this week I decided to go all out and scare myself and watch Brad Pitt‘s World War Z, which I then followed by reading the novel of the same name by Max Brooks. Not only would I get my fill of zombie shenanigans, but I’d see what the big hype was about on both the movie and the book.