They’re Out To Get You! Are You Ready For The Zombies?

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Zom·bie
ˈzämbē/ noun

a. the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.

b. the supernatural force itself.

Zombies in the movies and television have been super popular lately, with “The Walking Dead” and “Resident Evil” franchises doing bang-up business. But did you know that movie zombies go back nearly to the beginning of movies?
I suppose you could technically call Frankenstein’s Monster a zombie since it was dead tissue re-animated. The first film version of “Frankenstein” appeared in 1910 and was about 13 minutes long.
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photo: moviemorlocks.com

In 1932, Bela Lugosi starred in “White Zombie”. This was one of the first uses of the word “zombie”. The U.S. was about to end its occupation of Haiti and people were kind of obsessed with voodoo and the idea of zombies. The zombies of that era were typically created by some sort of potion or spell and used as slaves by their voodoo masters or witches and were still living persons. This was the general “zombie theme” for several years…

Your garden variety “slave” zombie.

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Until the incredibly awful “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, also with Bela Lugosi (although he died partway through filming and his part was completed by a cape-wearing double that didn’t look much like him). In this film, aliens resurrected corpses in order to conquer the world. Seriously, you have to watch it sometime. Hilarious!

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photo: commons.wikimedia.org

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