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Originally posted by cbianchi513
Way too much time on your hands guys... You remember a few years back when vampire movies and books were all the rage? People were worried about the undead walking among us then.
Zombie stories are what's hot now. Heck- I just read the "Zombie Anthology", and actually enjoyed it.
The fact is: scary stories are cyclical... in a few months or a year zombies will be "so last year", and some other terror will be the "in" thing.
I'd worry more about a virus being unleashed as population control that kills you dead, (as in: DEAD) not some virus that turns you into a zombie.
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
I have a HUGE fear of zombies. So much so that I warned my friends never to think it might be a good joke to break into my house at night and act like zombies coming to get me. I would shoot first and ask questions later. I can just see myself on trial trying to explain THAT to the prosecuting attorney.
"Well you see, I THOUGHT they were zombies, so of course I unloaded my .357 into their heads. Wouldnt anyone? No one feels worse about this than I do, but I TOLD them not to do the zombie thing."
Anyway, another friend that is a pretty smart guy said that he thinks that monsters kind of stand in for something else. I am not sure how to phrase this, but that the "monster of the minute" (zombies in this case) sort of acts as a stand in for the personality element that we most fear or dread in the collective unconscious. He felt my fear of zombies really reflected a fear of those people or elements of society that move unguided by reason. (Like the people often referred to as sheeple here on ATS)
Edit to add;
So, my point was that maybe zombies do exist, and they are actually those mindless shuffling masses that only are driven by the baser needs of the body and do not use reason or empathy to guide their behaviors.
[edit on 19-7-2008 by Illusionsaregrander]