You wake up with fear. You are alone, laying on a bed that never have been yours. Your draw back the curtains and the day is sunny. There is nobody in the streets. Normally, you would take the shower then, but the water supply is cut. You eat a little of the supplies in your bag pack. Outside of the unknown house, the avenue is full of abandoned cars and the grass grows on the cracks of the road. A newspaper flies in front of you. Any sound. Anything at all. Just you. The next at your schedule, would be keep moving, find food and water and find another place safe for spend he night. Slow steps. Despaired steps. Suddenly, you hear the noise. They have found you. Run is the only choice. So you start to run everywhere, to run nowhere. You can’t stop.
The Zombies. Fictional creatures from the horror and fantasy imaginary. Mindless corpses that back to life with a sickly hunger for human flesh. Zombies have a complex literary heritage, with antecedents ranging from Richard Matheson and H. P. Lovecraft to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, all drawing on European folklore of the undead. The popularity of zombies in movies has led to them sometimes having been taken out of their usual element of horror and thrown into other genres, for example the “zombie apocalypse” concept, in which the civilized world is brought low by a global zombie infestation, has become a staple of modern popular art. By 2011 the influence of zombies in popular consciousness had reached far enough that the United States government’s Center for Disease Control used the idea as a theme to promote disaster preparedness.
The zombie apocalypse is a genre very present in the audiovisual culture of these days. It’s becoming quite a phenomenon. Since comic books (The Walking Dead of Robert Kirkman), movies (28 days later or I am legend ), video-games (The Last of Us) and TV series (The Walking Dead).
The idea of the zombie is attractive. A human being without soul. The outer casing. A creature that before was alive, was a person, but now, is a monster thirsty of blood, flesh and bones. No conscience, just hungry. Their only desire. Always walking mindless trying to find something to beat. If they beat you or they scratch you will be one of them. There is no place safe from them. Your are alone. Now, there is they and you. You will always will live with the fear of the threat. Being a survivor is the only choice. You will have to change, and you will have to fight.
I think that this genre shows an interesting parable about the current world. We fell insecure and sometimes we treat our fellows as hostile. When we awake every morning, we can have the sensation to face a world without soul, populated with people without conscience, who follow his own instincts and interest despite of understand the others. That’s why we can consider everyday as a survival test, full of dangers and darkness. The apocalypse zombie genre talks about our grey world and about our mindless society.