I went to my neighborhood video store the other day. I don’t go there very often, and I was taken aback — again — by the number of movies portraying some form of gore and horror. Perhaps my neighbors are especially macabre loving, I don’t know, since half of the movies displayed were involving either zombies, exorcisms, ghosts, or massacres of some kind. Gee what’s up? Lurid movies must be an in-thing more than ever. There were a lot in the new release section, but I am not sure how new they actually were.
So I did a bit of research and googled zombie films first. On Wikipedia, I found a list of all zombie films produced; I wanted to count them, but, whew, it would have taken all day, even scrolling down took too long. I gave up half way through. Wow, well, the movies went back to 1932 when the first movie White Zombie came out — not counting Frankenstein in 1910 — but I guess he was not a real zombie but a revived very dead person.
Now in recent years, whole new distinct sub-genres have evolved such as “Zombie Comedy” and the “Zombie Apocalypse.” Zombies have grown in popularity maybe as much as vampires or even more. The fascination with these cannibalistic undead, former humanoids (I am not even sure if that definition is correct) has been growing like a weed.
I learned that moviegoers and fans even theorize how to kill a zombie. I understand that it is generally agreed that it must involve some kind of head trauma since the undead brain must be destroyed. Some think that the head can still live on separate from the body; how weirdly inconvenient, unless the head can also get around somehow and be fairly self sufficient.
I can’t stop wondering who among us are so enthralled by the undead, but it must be a lot of people. Even Brad Pitt has jumped on the zombie wagon with his new movie, World War Z. I don’t know, but I feel a little disappointed in him. I am sure he could star in any movie of his choosing. But there is a demand for this stuff, and somebody has to fill it, I guess.
The list of exorcism movies produced also goes on and on, and the Texas Chain Saw Massacre series has become an American horror franchise. According to Wikipedia, it consists of seven slasher films, comics and video game adaptations of the original film, which was based on a true story. Really. A true story. Perhaps I should rent it. I like movies based on true stories, but I am a little worried that it may be too much graphic gore for me.