Friday, July 11, 2008

Zombies are not Ghouls!

So why does Hollywood (the Industry) portray modern Zombies as more Ghoul-like than Zombie-like?

Perhaps this is strictly a view only I would take, as an avid D&D player, but Zombies as far as I am concerned, move slowly, groan a lot, and are reanimated corpses from strange, unholy rites.

Movie Zombies have become Ghouls; often fast moving, relentless flesh devourers who sometimes have a society of sorts. Zombies not only do not eat flesh, they don't eat anything.

What ever happened to Voodoo inspired Zombies?

I suppose pretty much any reanimated or infected formerly living monstrosity in Hollywood is simply thrown under the Zombie umbrella, but I enjoy the stitched shut eyes and mouthes of the proto-typical Zombie; those undead servants under the power of some juju black magic, sent forth to exact the spell-caster's revenge upon the former friends of the now mindless killer with rotting flesh.

Here's the first ever movie Zombie. She lacks the stitched shut eyes and mouth, and the rotting flesh, but she's a real killer and carries out her Master's evil deeds!

Times sure have changed.

~Sham, Quixotic Referee


Secular Transhumanist said...

Totally agree with the (mis-)characterization of zombies. If you ever get a chance, check out te Kolchak: The Night Stalker episode on the subject. Very nice.

Sham aka Dave said...

Indeed, one of my favorite Kolchak episodes! As a matter of fact, I probably based my opinion of what a Zombie is from that very show. :-)