Zombies have been made popular in movies and music videos, most notably, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. They are walking dead people in ragged clothes, with a blank look and hanging rotting flesh, that like to eat human brains.
What are Zombies?
Zombies originated from the zombi of the Haitian folklore. A zombi is a living body with no soul. The voodoo black magician must first capture the soul of the dead person and then perform rituals to raise the body. The zombi has no will and is under the complete control of the black magician who made it.
The movie monster zombies, as known today, have stemmed from the Haitian zombi, but have additional qualities of being gory corpses that eat human brains. In movies, zombies are shown to be revived by voodoo sorcerers, but also by radioactive wastes, chemicals, aliens from outer space or mad scientists.
Famous Zombie Movies –Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead
Directed by George Romero, the trilogy of low-budget zombie movies – Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1979), and Day of the Dead (1985) are some of the most well-known zombie movies.
In each of these movies, a small group of people attempt to protect themselves in a seemingly sheltered place to survive the night. They are attacked by hungry-for-flesh zombies who can only be killed by a blow to the head.
Movie Zombie and Its Sequels–City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, The House by the Cemetery
Director Lucio Fulci made several zombie-themed horror flicks in Italian, all filled with gore.
The movie Zombie was made in 1979 by Lucio Fulci. It is a favorite among zombie movie lovers. In the movie, a mysterious disease kills its victims and then turns them into walking corpses, who need to eat human flesh to survive.
City of the Living Dead was made in 1980, where a priest’s suicide spurs a reporter and a psychic to find a way to stop all the dead people from killing the living. In the movie, The Beyond made in 1981, a hotel renovation results in people being killed.
In the movie, The House by the Cemetery (1981), a zombie killer is on the loose who feeds on people’s flesh to replenish himself.
Although zombies makes for good horror movies, there is no scientific evidence to support they exist. There are documented cases of zombie like behavior that can be attributed to brain damage or drug induced effects to treat physical illnesses.