How would you kill a zombie?
That was one of the regular questions of the podcast/interview portion of Len Peralta’s Geek-A-Week art project, which I have mentioned on this blog before. But to my surprise, no one answered the way I would. There were plenty of shotguns & machetes, even a few generic answers like “kill the brain, kill the zombie”. But the thing is; I don’t like guns, so I would probably not be very good with one. And I certainly don’t want to get close enough to use a machete or an axe. So I would probably be more likely to set booby traps so that I could effectively kill them from a distance. Obviously the head has to be removed, so that would have to be taken into consideration. Plus it would be nice for it to have the capacity to kill multiple zombies in a single shot, but having an engineering background; I don’t think it would be a problem.
And after years of watching roadrunner cartoons – I have lots of great trap ideas that I would hopefully not get trapped in or decapitated by myself.
The whole zombie fascination seems to be a geek-thing right now for some reason. ThinkGeek.com even has a whole section devoted to all things zombie. And I like zombies too. Though to just say that I like horror movies is a bit of an over-statement. I specifically like monster movies; zombies, werewolves, large non-descript alien creatures – all kinds of monsters.
I suppose that comes from my childhood. When you think about it, most of the movies that had the biggest impact on me featured monsters, even if they weren’t necessarily monster movies. Star Wars had some great monsters; wampas, the rancor, hutts, space slugs and the sarlacc just to name a few. Then there was Clash of the Titans; Medusa, the Kraken, giant scorpions. And don’t forget King Kong (specifically the 1976 Jessica Lange version) or Jaws.
It has even affected the way I watch movies today. I honestly get excited when I hear about upcoming made-for-SyFy monster movies like Sharktopus, or Dinocroc vs. Supergator. I really do!
Right now I am engrossed in both the Walking Dead television series and the graphic novels. And while it stays true to George Romero’s original ideas about zombies, the story is a fresh take on the genre because it is much deeper than just monster fighting. In fact, the case could be made that the title is a reference not to the zombies, but to the still-living characters just trying to postpone their inevitable deaths. It is definitely more about how the characters survive – physically, mentally, and emotionally – under unbelievable duress than it is about the zombies.
So why am I thinking and writing about zombies?
I don’t know.
I guess I just have them on the brain.