Shana Festa’s Zombie Roll Call
I like to think I’m fairly well-versed in All Things Zombie. Assuming, of course, reading hundreds of books and watching every zombie movie or TV show I can get my hands on qualifies me as being an authority on the topic. Over the years we’ve seen the traditional zombie morph into something…well…more.
So it’s only logical, in my opinion, that there should be zombie categories. Without getting too detailed—we could be here a while—here’s what I deem the high-level types of zombies.
1. Traditional Shamblers (my favorite)
2. World War Z—Holy Shit—Zombies (my most feared)
3. The Sneaky Bastard Zombie (my likely downfall)
4. The Mutant Zombie (my most frustrating)
5. Self-aware Zombies (my most take it or leave it)
This is most likely what comes to mind when one hears the word zombie. Slow, stumbling/bumbling mindless undead with a visceral drive to feed…on flesh. That need to feed is their only reason for existence.
The traditional shambler is best described as the Romero zombie, and my favorite kind to read or watch. Alone, they can be easily thwarted, but where the real danger comes from is when the hordes form. Unless you wield magic, or a tank, you’re making it out of a horde without joining their undead ranks. The zombies in Romero’s 1978 Dawn of the Dead are right up my alley…even if their appearance is almost shameful compared to today’s zombies. Apparently, all it took for most of these mall-shopping Z’s was a bit of gray paint and a stiff walk. Luckily, the film is iconic in the genre and it can still hold its own even by today’s standards because of the nostalgia.
World War Z—Holy Shit—Zombies
Appropriately named, these Zs are referred to as swarms. I’ll admit, this category of zombie terrifies me more than any other. If we were to put zombies in the context of dinosaurs, the World War Z zombie would be the velociraptors. Fast and ruthless, this roid raging breed of Zs will hurl themselves through car windows, and unlike their slower brethren, they don’t lose the urge to find living flesh on the out of sight out of mind principle. These bad boys will keep going until they find what they’re looking for.
The Sneaky Bastard Zombie
I like to think of these guys as lurkers. Without external stimuli they almost go dormant, until something piques their interest. I still remember the bus zombies from the pilot episode of The Walking Dead. I literally said to my television, “Ooh, those sneaky bastards!” Hence why I’ve dubbed these lurkers The Sneaky Bastard Zombie. I can fully accept the fact that out of them all, this is likely the kind of Z that would do me in. Lured into a false sense of safety with nothing moving, I’d probably turn my back on one and pay the ultimate price.
The Mutant Zombie
Resident Evil is most known for its liberal fictionalization of the zombie. This frustrates me. Sure, they’re well executed and graphically intense, but I don’t really get “zombie” from them. In RE: Apocalypse Matt is inducted into the Nemesis project where he undergoes some pretty extreme cellular changes. What comes out the other end is a bazooka-toting, mind controlled creature that looks less like a zombie and more like the Chattering Cenobite from the Hellraiser franchise.
I’m always a little disappointed with the RE movies when they overplay the mutants. Sure, I still flock to see the films, but I bitch about it after the credits roll.
I’m just meh over self-aware zombies. In fact, I generally wont read novels with this premise because, well, I just want the gory good stuff. I’ve been watching the CWs new iZombie show and I’m still on the fence. It’s all a bit tepid for me, if I’m being honest. Not bad, not excellent…hence why this kind of zombie is one that I could take or leave. I just don’t feel like it hits the mark, or feeds my zombie needs well enogh to actively seek them out.
So. What’s your favorite category of zombie?
Shana Festa grew up in the small town of Northborough Massachusetts. As an impressionable tike, she shared in her father’s love for Horror, and spent most of her childhood hiding under the blankets worrying what nightmarish creature lurked in her closet. She grew up on a healthy diet of classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Return of the Living Dead, American Werewolf in London, Child’s Play and Poltergeist.
Her writing career was born from her long-time addiction to terrifying tales. Under her alter ego, The Bookie Monster, Shana reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis on zombie fiction. Her altruistic beliefs fuse seamlessly with The Bookie Monster’s mission to provide readers with honest reviews and to provide authors with a platform to promote their labors of love.
Shana holds a degree in nursing and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and two adorable dogs. In addition to her apocalyptic series, TIME OF DEATH, she is a founding member of AT HELL’S GATES, a horror anthology series dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Author Website: http://www.shanafesta.com
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