One of the scariest movies I ever saw as a kid was The Evil Dead. (I know some zombie enthusiasts don’t consider the Evil Dead movies in the same category, but they certainly deal with the undead.) I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a weekday right after school at Colleen Clann’s house. It was in broad daylight, in the family room, and on a duped VHS cassette.
And I was scared shitless.
Fast forward to today, it seems that zombies have become an unintended parody. We mock them as mindless drones begging for “Braaaains!”
That’s not to say that the mockery can’t be quality entertainment. Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland were great popcorn movies. Both of those movie found a way to take something clichéd and make them fresh… and fun.
But here’s what I’m asking. Has pop culture mocked the undead to a point where they’re not even scary any more?
There’s a POLL on the main page of this BLOG asking that very question. Throw me a bone. What do you think?