• Wed, Aug 29 2012

Why Do We Love Zombies So Much?

They’re not sexy like vampires. Why would you ever like anything that wasn’t sexy?

But, given that a zombie mob has just invaded a park in Russia (without a permit, because they’re monsters) they seem to have a pretty enduring appeal. Given that I’ve read World War Z I feel qualified to talk about this. Look, a few people have asked if, after say, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or The Walking Dead if zombies have jumped the shark. To which I’ll say: they can’t. They are the shark. There are beast within us all. I mean, not that you are carrying a shark around inside you, but you are carrying around a part of you that exists solely to feed its own appetites. It’s the part of you that devours a pan of brownies when you’re supposed to be a diet because – fuck it. Or cheats on your boyfriend. Or does any of the other thing that the rational, thinking part of your brain says are not good, logical things to do.

You do not have a part of you that drinks human blood and remains young forever. It doesn’t work. Don’t even try. Vampires may be aspirational, but zombies represent the deepest, darkest parts of all of us. That part of us that is only insatiably hungry, all the time.

So no wonder these people dressed up as them and took over the St. Petersburg park. Celebrate your hungry id! Celebrate it with facepaint! Zombies for the win forever.

All pictures via EnglishRussia

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  • Jamie Peck

    According to various things I’ve read, zombies represent economic recessions, AIDS, and fear of “the other.” Also, they scare the fucking bejeesus out of me. Like, I’m not even going to look at this gallery because I will be afraid to walk to the kitchen afterwards.

  • Kj

    These zombies look altogether too wholesome. Oh, those Russians.

    Also, I think it’s more of a way of confronting fear head on, like scaring away demons by becoming them.

    Also, like Jamie I am TERRIFIED of zombies. They are up in my top 3 nightmare subjects, along with velociraptors and Tom Cruise.

  • Ashley

    jennifer wright, i never comment, but today i just have to say: THIS IS THE BEST ARTICLE EVER EVER EVER
    this is the best thing i have ever read in my life: “Look, a few people have asked if, after say, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or The Walking Dead if zombies have jumped the shark. To which I’ll say: they can’t. They are the shark. There are beast within us all.”
    ps i don’t know why i forget about capital letters when i drink tequila and lemonade… it is just the way things go i suppose.

  • Artistry

    Hey i have come on your blog very first time. I wanna know ” who did that make up”? May be he/she could try their artistry in horror movies. I also found that St Thomas Weddings ceremonies organizers would love to see that.