Are we obsessed with our own demise? I really can’t think of any other explanation why so many people are obsessed with the zombie genre.
The zombie theme enjoyed early success in the movies The Night Of The Living Dead, and The Last Man On Earth. But within the last 10 or so years, the genre has exploded.
I can be proud to say that my generation, the Millennial generation, has played a role in bringing the dead to life. Movies like Dawn of the Dead, I Am Legend, Resident Evil, 28 Days Later, have popularized the apocalypse. Not to mention video games like Left 4 Dead (which I advise all readers to never play alone.)
Many find excitement in the thrills of horror movies, but zombies produce a grander feeling. This is the veritable end of the world. I believe it is because we never experienced The Cold War. During the 50’s through the 80’s the world lived on the brink. Any day could be your last day.
Millennials never experience this, so we seek the feeling someplace else.
Zombies are also a perfect example of the Millennials’ power to popularize. In 2003, Max Brooks published the Zombie Survival Guide, a detailed manual to traversing an attack of the undead. I wonder how he did his research considering to date there have been no recorded outbreaks.
Even science has caught a taste of zombie mania. Canada’s equivalent of the CDC recently produced a study analyzing a zombie pandemic. They concluded that humanity’s only chance for survival was all out war.