What’s with all this Zombie stuff?

I know that as one ages they begin to either lose interest or have no clue of what is happening in pop-culture.  Zombies are just that… a complete mystery to me. Since when did a 1960’s B rated movie or earlier writings on such a topic gain traction and become so interesting to the addled masses? There are numerous graphic artists covering zombies and I can’t even begin to list all the movies and a recent Television show.

I eat zombiesWhat am I missing? What’s the appeal of an “undead human” usually wanting to at least eat someone’s brains or perhaps something else on the body? All I can say it’s a good idea Monica Lewinsky wasn’t a zombie or William Jefferson Clinton might be singing a different tune…

Scottish psychiatrist Ronald David Laing wrote on schizophrenia and other mental illness, suggesting that schizogenesis may account for some of the psychological aspects of zombification. His research and writings discussed social, intellectual and cultural dimensions of these illnesses. Wade Davis, a Harvard ethnobotanist, presented a pharmacological case for zombies in two books, The Serpent and the Rainbow (1985) and Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie (1988). Both of these men attempted to explain a condition somewhat similar to someone not in full possession of all their faculties. Perhaps both would have had plenty of test subjects if they started to examine members of Congress.

I see there are people writing on how to Zombie proof your car and escaping a Zombie Apocalypse.  A zombie discussion panel was held featuring novelists who have worked in the genre at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan on Saturday October 13, 2012. Really folks, how does this nonsense sell so many movie projects and books? Someone will have to explain this to me in simple enough terms that some of us past our 20’s and 30’s can understand.

I understand that mind control (also known as brainwashing, coercive persuasion, mind abuse, menticide, thought control, or thought reform) refers to a process in which a group or individual “systematically uses unethically manipulative methods” to persuade others to conform to the wishes of the manipulator(s).  The term has been applied to any tactic, psychological or otherwise, which can be seen as subverting an individual’s sense of control over their own thinking, behavior, emotions or decision making. Having this definition in no way explains the surge in popularity of a zombie or for that matter vampires which have also taken pop culture by storm.

Bela LugosiWe have certainly seen some updates on the old B&W days of Bela Lugosi when he used to say; “look into my eyes”.

Links:  Day of the Zombie