Zombies, short ones, fat ones, skinny ones, they all make us squirm. Zombies are undead humans, mindless, fast and slow, all with a hunger for human flesh. The English word “zombie” is first recorded in 1819, in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of “zombi”. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the origin of the word as West African, and compares it to the Kongo words nzambi (god) and zumbi (fetish).
Upon its release in 1968, George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead reinvented not only the idea of “zombies” but also the entire horror genre. It defined a whole new type of monster and irrevocably transformed the way in which people were scared by movies and, by extension, monsters.
In Summer School Zombocalypse zombies are redefined again. They are created by steam punk lizardmen from Mars who transform humans into zombies for food. I imagine to make them more palatable and easier on the tummy. Please pass the salt and pepper.
How fast are the zombies in Summer School Zombocalypse? I classify zombies as having three speeds; Groan Shufflers, Hobble Along Cassidys, and Speed walkers. This is where freshness counts. The fresher the faster I say.
The thought of fast running zombies gets me. I never like the idea of flesh eating super athletes running me down or climbing up my house to the roof and coming down the chimney.
What do you think about zombies? What creeps you out?