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Shahid Khan Professor: Hollander Developmental Reading 12/04/2012 Zombies

Zombies are fictional undead creatures encountered in horror and fantasy themed work. They are typically mindless, reanimated corpses with a hunger for human flesh, and particularly for human brains. I chose to search on this topic because Zombies are incredibly popular, the growth is phenomenal, not only are they in films, TV shows and fan productions on YouTube, but there’s a vast growth in books with zombie survival guides selling very well. Some question I researched on: why are zombies so popular in today’s modern society media? I will also look into the history of zombies. How did they come in first place? What are the factors that can result someone into a zombie? Are they anything like those are portrayed in movies or on TV? Most importantly what would happen if we had a Zombie Apocalypse? For research I used article from discovery news “A History Of Real Zombies” by Benjamin Radford and a documentary video from History Channel “Zombies: A Living History.”

A zombie is a reanimated human corpse that feeds on living human flesh. Stories about zombies originated in the Afro-Caribbean spiritual belief system of voodoo. These stories described people as being controlled by a powerful sorcerer. Modern zombies come from a film made in 1968 by a as then unknown director George Romero (Night of the Living Dead). George Romero rewrote the book about zombies. “What started as a low budget horror movie became an international sensation” (Radford). More than half of all zombie movies have been made since September 11, 2001. Romero did not invent the zombie. It’s been around as long as man has walked the earth. There are several possible etymologies of the word zombie. One of the possible origins is jumbie, which comes from the Caribbean term for ghost. Another possible origin is the word nzambi which in Kongo means “spirit of a dead person” (Radford).



Cited: Radford, Benjamin. "A History of 'Real ' Zombies." Discovery News. 4 June 2012. Web. 04 Dec. 2012. Zombies: A Living History. Dir. David V. Nicholson. History Channel, 2011. Documentary.

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