I have been a huge fan of apocalypse genre for most of my life. I can’t really pin down what it is about a disaster that threatens all human existence that I find so appealing. I mean really, I do not wish for a scenario that would bring the end to human civilization. That being said, I do find this genre in movies, books, and television are a distinct pleasure of mine.
My love of the genre has certainly evolved over time. I was born in 1969 (yes I know you can do the math so stating my age is unnecessary), and that means I grew up during the height of the cold war years. My first taste of such apocalyptic fare would be the Planet of the Apes movies. This series of movies first stirred that inner obsession by first showing me that human beings could have the power to destroy themselves. Well that, and that monkeys would take over the earth in our place. As global tensions seemed to cool, so did this genre of human destruction. Where would I get my fix on destruction of humanity now?
I first saw “Night of the Living Dead” in my late high school years. I have to say it was a game changer moment for me. I was enthralled with the concept of zombies and all of their variations ever since. The notion of this walking dead doomsday scenario and the fight for survival by the “unchanged” has always been a fun diversion for me. Don’t get me wrong, I have no delusions that this type of event is actually going to happen for real (hmm…really need to double-check my survival supplies one of these days), but this genre is certainly one of my favorites these days.
Video games like Left 4 Dead from Valve and Doom 3 from id software put you right in the action of surviving the onslaught. There are a seemingly endless number of these games now taking hold on the market. These days it is certainly easy to find a game that suits your taste of zombie goodness. The two I mentioned are simply a couple of my personal favorites.
Movies keep coming out with various takes on the zombie world, and they are mutating faster than the monsters they catalog. You have your fill of everything from the drama of Romero (Living Dead series), to the comedic (Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland). Trust me, these days there is a zombie movie out there that will likely suit almost anyone. Almost anyone is certainly right. How is it that I fell in love and married someone who doesn’t seem to have the same appreciation for this subject that I do?
Now there is a new entry from a very surprising source. American Movie Classics, or AMC is throwing its hat into the ring with a 90 minute Halloween première of a series called The Walking Dead. The series unfolds with a similar hook to another movie, 28 days later. Our hero wakes up in a quiet and seemingly deserted hospital only to find that while he has been out, some very disturbing changes have taken place during his slumber. The hook puts our hero needing to find his missing wife and son. Check out the trailer here, and enjoy the latest entry into the zombie world.
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- ‘The Walking Dead’ Cast Talks Zombie Rules, Blood & Brains (VIDEO) (tvsquad.com)