What is it about the undead we love so much? Since George Romero wrote the rules for zombification, we have had a love affair with the shamblers, the running mad men, and the decaying dudes.
Romero always indicated that his movies were about far more than a bunch of zombies and indeed, he explored racial situations, crowd behavior, and social tension. Infamously the message "they are us. We are them" has been the underlying theme. We wonder what it is like to lose the familial connections, our sense of morality, and sense of self. That scares us. We don't want to be "like that" and yet, as much as we fear it and fear it happening to those we love, we are also drawn to it.
I think we love to watch zombies because they are the ultimate in adversaries. They look like us, but they are the enemy. Zombies can't think, and yet, they are a worthy opponent. They have weight, they have no fear, they feel no pain, and they feel no remorse or sympathy. They are us, but without the human parts. They are the antithesis of what people are and yet...they look like us, with a little rot and ruin for fun.
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