Zombies! How the Zombie Apocalypse Really Began

If you truly believe in zombies, you have issues too deep for anyone to help you with. The Haitian folklore zombies may or may not be real zombies, but that depends on interpretation. Except in movies and TV shows, the zombies we recognize as such do not exist. On the other hand, I believe the zombie apocalypse has already started. Just look at all the mindless people staring at their mobile phones when they should be paying attention to something else. In an alternate reality, it has indeed started… and where did it all begin?

Where the Zombies got their Roots

Believe this or not, the modern zombies got their start in a book that described people who behaved like vampires. I’m talking about the book called “I Am Legend”, written by Richard Matheson in 1954. The movie called “The Last Man on Earth” of 1964 was based on it, as was “The Omega Man” of 1971 and the movie of the same name, “I Am Legend” of 2007.

Considered the movie that started the zombie apocalypse, “Night of the Living Dead” of 1968 was inspired by the same book. George A. Romero, the director and co-writer, is considered the father of the zombie phenomena. Except for the most recent movies with his name on them, the “living dead” series of movies were all box office successes.

Somewhere along the line, other writers and producers jumped on the bandwagon and now there are more zombie movies than we know what to do with. Some are even based on video games which, again, are based on Romero’s zombies.

My Zombie Movie List

Some people have to watch everything related to zombies, whether it’s good or not. I’m not one of those people. Unfortunately, I’ve run out of good zombie movies to watch and I won’t watch “The Walking Dead” TV series because I consider it more of a drawn-out drama than anything else, with an obligatory zombie or two in each episode so it can still claim to be about zombies.

Here’s my list, with notes on some:

    The Living Dead Series:

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)
  • Land of the Dead (2005)
  • Diary of the Dead (2007) (unseen)
  • Survival of the Dead (2009) (unseen)
    The Resident Evil Series:

  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
  • Resident Evil: Rising (to be released in 2015)
    The Other Resident Evil Series (CGI, based on the video games):

  • Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) (unseen
  • Resident Evil: Damnation (2012) (unseen)
    Return of the Living Dead Series:

  • Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  • Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)
  • Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993) (unseen)
  • Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005) (unseen)
  • Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005) (unseen)
    The “Later” series:

  • 28 Days Later (2002)
  • 28 Weeks Later (2007)

  • Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004)
  • Zombieland (2009)
  • Warm Bodies (2013)
  • World War Z (2013)

The are some on this list that I haven’t seen, that I don’t intend to see. This isn’t a complete list, of course. If you want that, you’ll find one that’s almost complete on Wikipedia’s List of zombie films. That list has a lot of films that are only loosely related to zombies, so take it for what it’s worth.

I’m getting ready to watch some low-budget zombie flicks, just so I have something unusual to watch. Except for a select few, the current mainstream movies aren’t inviting (to me) at all. You can probably find what you like on Netflix or you can check Amazon’s list of zombie movies.

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