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Initial post: 28 Oct 2008 11:36:04 GMT
Bluto says:
I love a good zombie movie - for me, the best for a while has been Zack Snyder's 're-make' of Dawn of The Dead, not least, because of his change to zombie 'law', whereby they run like the clappers - I never found something that moved slower than my gran that frightening.
Anyone got a view ?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2008 18:18:32 GMT
If it ever happened I always thought I would stand half a chance with Romero's zombies, but what with being overweight & asthmatic & against Snyder's "running" zombies, I guess I'd be chowing down on my next door neighbour in no time!

So while I won't hear a bad word about George Romero's "lumbering" zombies..."running" zombies are far more frightening!!!


In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2008 20:16:35 GMT
I didnt really like the new version,I saw the first one when I was 18,I actually had to leave the theatre for the first and only time,so I have a soft spot for it.Now nothing scares me.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2008 20:36:35 GMT
Neal Vincent says:
The 'fast zombie' trend is getting real old, real fast in my opinion. As Romero pointed out in 'Diary of the Dead', in response to all those 'fast zombie' films, "Dead things don't move fast" - and you'd have a hard time arguing the point :-)

The point with Romero's zombies is that they're not much of a threat on their own - lone or spread-out zombies can even be objects of fun in Romero's world - but you are well and truly boned if you encounter them in large numbers. It's a more subtle threat that builds up through the film as the number of zombies increases. Most of us could handle ourselves against one or two people, but no-one stands a chance against a crowd. Weight of numbers is the threat with Romero's zombies.

BTW, many people credit '28 Days Later' with inventing fast zombies, but those guys maybe need to check out 'Nightmare City' which was directed by Umberto Lenzi back in the early 80's. Besides, the 'zombies' in '28 Days Later' weren't zombies, they were 'rage'-infected humans - not "dead things" at all. The running made perfect sense in that film, but it's just plain dumb in films where they are actually supposed to be zombies. Dead things don't run, period! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2008 20:51:06 GMT
I think they should make a real zombie movie where the zombies just stand around and drool,until people get so sick of them just being there,they start killing them.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2009 10:26:40 GMT
Dead things don't run? Dead things don't move at all! It's horror/fantasy fiction where zombies exist in the first place, so why can people accept that zombies could be walking around, but why couldn't the same magical/scientific element also make them run? It isn't much more of a stretch really.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2009 14:46:03 GMT
John says:
Zombies - Walk, Don't Run

Are these the rules at Swimming Pools of Blood?

No bombing etc...

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2009 20:10:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2009 20:18:09 GMT
For me, the fast zombies of the remake engendered a sense of panic ("Let's get outta here!"), but not the existential despair of the slow ones... partly, I think, because running zombies gives an impression of intelligence, however crude, while the slow ones just follow something less than instinct, which is more frightening because it completely dehumanises human beings, and partly because the original DotD is (in my opinion) the finest horror movie of all time (do I need the word 'horror' in there?), and the zombies en masse are truly terrifying, because you understand that this is the future for the ever-dwindling number of survivors. And the promise that, if they don't get you this time, they'll get you next time... or the time after... ultimately, the the destiny of the living is right there in front of them, and it's too big to be avoided. Woo... scary stuff!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2009 19:42:22 GMT
Adam Jackson says:
Room for both!
In a supernatural setting ala Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, it HAS to be shufflers.
However, in a more scifi approach ie a virus etc, the faster one's do work well ESPECIALLY if the tone is more action than horror.

Posted on 2 Oct 2011 13:12:46 BDT
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Posted on 2 Oct 2011 13:19:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Oct 2011 13:20:49 BDT
Stone Franks says:
A tricky issue since the Dawn of the Dead remake. I like to think that there are different "species" of zombies, a voodoo zombie or a resurrected decomposing body would be slow, while scientifically-created zombies with a burning hunger for human flesh would be fast. I also like to think there is no rule why you can't have fast and slow zombies, depending on how fresh or rotten they are, or just down to natural variation. When I wrote The Ghosts of Sector 376 the zombies were just like a slow moving uni-directional tide or herd at the start but once they get the glimpse of living flesh they get faster. In 'Comebacks' Now Watch Him Die the zombies were a bit more shambling, but I think when writing zombies it is not their speed that is important but their imperviousness and relentless attacks. When the main character in 'Comebacks' meets the first zombie he doesnt have a gun and there is a gripping action sequence just off the fact that he has to deal with someone who is unstoppable and totally focused on killing him, one person going all out to kill you is all you need for great action, the undead issue just adds colour.
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