Zombie Types – Do you prefer the classical Romero slow and stupid Zombie, the intelligent hunters of Helix, or the speedy creatures of World War Z?
Before C. Che and I started writing and publishing Zombie fiction, we watched a lot of Zombie movies and read a whole lot of Zombie books.
Hubby and I grew up on the classical Romero Zombie. Slow, stupid, bloody, and hungry – the Romero Zombie just wanted to eat, but gave you plenty of time to run if you could.
George Romero made six Zombie movies starting with the incredible Night of the Living Dead. We see this type of Zombie today in Sean of the Dead (which Romero apparently loves), The Walking Dead (which Romero doesn’t love) , and in our Zombie Killing Stoners, Episode 1: Rescuing the Samoan Princess.
Similar to Romero, we believe that Zombies should be symbols in novels – symbols of the stupidity of politics, of the stupidity of following the government and doing what they tell you, the stupidity of following the herd.
The survivors are the smart ones – the iconoclasts, the anti-social, anti-herd mentality people who are able to get together, think outside of the box, and move forward.
We tend to not love the speedy Zombies of 28 Days Later and World War Z. How exactly do these creatures, some of whom had been fat and lazy before they turned, suddenly become speedy dynamos?
And why are all the survivors so stupid? Seeking government assistance? Holing up in massive public or government spaces that are like food courts for the Zeds?
And last night I watched the season premier of Helix, which takes place on a scientific research outpost in the middle of nowhere, and where the contagion makes the Zombies ugly, but fast and intelligent hunters. Again, not so interesting.
Do you have any preferences? Any Zombie style that you tend to like more?