The Zombie Apocalypse Is Coming... Well on DVD anyway! October 31 2013, 0 Comments
As Halloween approaches it seems timely to turn talk towards one of film and TV’s favourite subjects: zombies. There have been hundreds, if not thousands, of screen incarnations of the undead over the years. The first zombie flick, The White Zombie, was made more than 80 years ago. Since then, zombies have lurched beyond the confines of the pure horror film, and ended up within their own sub genres: comedy, sci-fi, and even romance!
It would be insane to even try listing the top ten best zombie TV shows or films here – we’d just be starting an argument that no-one could win. But we can share with you a taster. There are no real plot spoilers, we promise!
Chief among the cult classics has to be Night of the Living Dead, the 1968 George A Romero creepfest. It’s got everything we’ve come to expect from a US horror film: a road trip, a murder by a crazy man, a strange empty building and a woman in fear for her life. Plus a cast of moaning, groaning zombies baying for human flesh. What could possibly go wrong? And don’t forget Dawn of the Dead, the sequel from 1978. Both films follow the now familiar setup of a small group of people seeking refuge in a huge empty building (this time a shopping mall), attempting to avoid the deathly grip of the zombies outside. You know they’re not all going to make it, but it’s still fun finding out how they meet their ends!
It wouldn’t be right to talk about zombies without touching upon two of Britain’s finest contributions to the genre: Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later. Shaun of the Dead’s send up of the George A Romeo title is just the beginning of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s London homage to horror. There are plenty of textbook zombie set pieces to draw you in, but the scene showing survivors belting the undead to a pulp in time to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now will forever have us crying with laughter.
28 Days Later, a Danny Boyle film, is an altogether more disquieting affair. Cillian Murphy wakes from a coma in hospital to find the world he knows destroyed by a virus turning people into zombies. As one of few survivors, he’s on the run looking for a safe haven. Needless to say his search is not without its difficulties.
A classy import to UK TV screens with a similar setup to 28 Days Later is AMC series The Walking Dead, now into its fourth season. Based on a comic book of the same name, Andrew Lincoln plays a sheriff also waking from a coma to find the world irreparably damaged by a flesh-eating zombie population. Can he survive and thwart them?
This really is just the tip of the zombie iceberg. There are so many fine – and plenty of terrible – choices for your own film fright night. See a list of options here:
To our minds, no one has ever really explained why we have become so fixated with the undead and our interpretation of them. Perhaps it’s to do with our own sense of mortality. Perhaps zombies represent an attitude we secretly wish we could adopt in life – one of fixed purpose, with not a care about anything else!
Given that we can’t answer this question, we’d prefer instead to focus our attention on some of the cool art and design that has been birthed on the back of zombie culture.
Alternative clothing company Iron Fist (one of our favourite stockist at Dolly Mixture Clothing), is a legend when it comes to incorporating zombies into its repertoire. The Iron Fist Zombie Stomper Platform Peep Toe stilettos, and their cousins the Zombie Stomper Gold Digger platforms, are effectively a cult hit in their own right. Top graphics artists took a simple black stiletto heeled platform shoe and designed a series of fantasy flesh eaters with bulging eyes and tombstone teeth to adorn them in a variety of shocking colours.
These shoes have been a big hit with the alternative crowd ever since and even better they feature in our Halloween Sale
Anyway, whether you’re settling down to watch a creepy film or hanging out on a dancefloor in your finest witch’s hat this October, have a spine-tinglingly happy Halloween!