How the Speed of a Zombie Mirrors Modern Society


Since George A. Romero brought us The Night of the Living dead in 1968, the modern zombie was established. A slow moving undead human with only basic motor functions and a lust for brains or flesh in general. It doesn’t appear to feel pain and only by destroying the brain can it be put down.

Then all through the 70’s 80’s and 90’s zombies followed the same trope, and the fear came more from the sheer numbers of the creatures rather than the speed they could attack.

I see these zombies as an allegory for modern society in general. They are thoughtless humanoids bumbling through life without care and attention for others (zombies) around them. However these zombies are drawn towards the living as society is drawn to the people with the most vibrant life, such as the famous and celebrities and we, these lowly zombies all want a piece of them.

Come the 21st century we see 28 days Later and the remake of Dawn of the Dead among others, and now these ‘zombies’ are running at their prey. I feel this reflects the hi tech age we now live in, where the celebrity is in virtual touching distance, thanks to the like of twitter and other social media.

I recently saw World War Z, the glossiest big budget Hollywood use of zombies to date, and contrary to some reviews I’ve read, I thoroughly enjoyed it. One thing that stood out was the speed and determination of the undead in the film hit a new level of ferocity. It feels right on trend to me. For now, all the online abuse the ‘Living’ receive from the ‘zombies’ that have nothing better to do, is reaching a point where our governance and enforcement people are finally arriving at the end of the movie to save the day only to find out that nearly everyone has already been destroyed.


Take a bite out of Sudo One’s Blog, and feast on his thoughts.

About residentweebler
Short Story Writer and Opinionated observer. Visit my blog for all this and more.

2 Responses to How the Speed of a Zombie Mirrors Modern Society

  1. SudoOne says:

    Interesting comparison. Bleak for you.. normal fodder for me.

  2. Pingback: Top 10 Zombie films – Non Comedy | The Resident Weeble

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