Classification Of Zombie Movies Essay

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I have determined that there are three different types of zombie movie. First, the movies that showcase the slow, but still startling zombies, like Night of the Living Dead. Night’s “zombies are slow, the humans just get themselves into trouble by reacting stupidly, or not paying enough attention to the problem.” (G.A. Romero) Next, films like Shaun of the Dead, which portray the sometimes amusing but still creepy zombies. And finally, movies like Day of the Dead (2008) which introduce the completely terrifying, gravity-defying zombies.

Night of the Living Dead presents zombies that move slowly but deliberately toward their ultimate objective which is filling their appetites for human flesh. Zombie movies of this type are the basis of all zombie films since. Night's zombies do not appear to have any thought processes, they are only driven by the smell of food and the search for food. The zombies also provide the blood and gore sought after by the horror genre when they do manage to catch their victims. This basic instinctual functioning is what makes them scary. “Zombies can overwhelm you even if they’re slow, if you make mistakes.” (G.A. Romero) The zombies in this type of movie dealing with the undead do not compare to others in speed or strength, but George Romero says himself that ”[in my] zombie movies zombies are just an annoyance it is humans who are the problem.” (

Stepping up the creepiness scale a bit further, we come to the “class clown” of the zombie movie genre. Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. Shaun of the Dead’s co-writer and star says, “[our movie] makes fun of how people react in the event of massive social upheaval.” (S. Pegg) These films, while still displaying zombies on the hunt for brains and flesh, have their own little quirks that at times make them slightly amusing. For instance the main character Shaun, keeps his now zombie best friend, Ed, in the shed out back of his house and goes out there daily to play video games with him. Although Shaun can't bring himself to kill Ed, the danger his infected friend presents, is still clear when Shaun must chastise Ed for trying to bite his arm. Shaun’s zombies are provided with more of a human element, which lends more to the hilarity of the situation. ”In my mind they were us, we’ve just changed, that’s all.” (G.A. Romero) Seeing a zombie that is wearing a towel obviously stricken undead in the middle of a shower makes this type of movie funnier and more tragic at the same time. While humor is obviously present the gore zombie movies are famous for is also a key element. Zombie comedy is also shown in Zombieland, which is a laugh riot from...

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