ZOM­BIES

Once barely seen ex­cept in in B-rated hor­ror films, now you can’t swing a brain-eat­ing, re­an­i­mated cat with­out hit­ting a zom­bie. “The Walk­ing Dead” is the high­est rated TV show in the U.S. and is start­ing its sev­enth sea­son to­day.

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LIVING - By KURT SNIBBE

“If you are gen­er­ally well equipped to deal with a zom­bie apoca­lypse, you will be pre­pared for a hur­ri­cane, pan­demic, earth­quake or ter­ror­ist at­tack.” — U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion Di­rec­tor Dr. Ali Khan ina 2012 tongue-in-cheek guide about pre­par­ing or the zom­bie apoca­lypse. The re­port can be foun at cdc.gov/phpr/zom­bies.htm.

In me­dieval days there were no zom­bies as we know them now. The un­dead kept their mem­o­ries and usu­ally rose from their graves to avenge their names.

Names? Zom­bie comes from Haitian Cre­ole, zonbi, for an­i­mated corpse raised by mag­i­cal means, such as witch­craft and voodoo.

Voodoo? In 1929, “The Magic Is­land,” by Wil­liam Buehler Seabrook, was the first book to bring zom­bies into West­ern cul­ture. The book de­scribed the ad­ven­tures of a man in Haiti.

Haiti was fea­tured in “White Zom­bies,” re­leased in 1932, the first zom­bie movie.

Movie? Zom­bies were nom­i­nated for an Os­car in the 1942 film “King of the Zom­bies.” The cat­e­gory was for best mu­sic, scor­ing. The film wasn’t based on World War Z, but WWII.

WWII? In 1942, “Bow­ery at Mid­night” was the first film to have zom­bies that were crav­ing hu­man flesh and were re­an­i­mated corpses. The film starred Bela Lu­gosi and had lit­tle draw.

Draw? The DC comics char­ac­ter Solomon Grundy, a vil­lain first ap­pear­ing in a 1944 Green Lantern story, was one of the ear­li­est de­pic­tions of a zom­bie in the comics. He was meaner than a junk­yard dog.

Dog? In 1946, “The Face of Mar­ble” was the first movie to have a zom­bie an­i­mal — dog zom­bies rock!

Rock! The English band The Zom­bies formed in 1962. The band’s hits in­cluded “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Sea­son,” re­leased in 1968.

1968 is the year “Night of the Liv­ing Dead,” by Ge­orge Romero, rev­o­lu­tion­ized the genre for­ever. The film shows a ra­dioac­tive satel­lite that causes the re­cently de­ceased to come back to life as flesh-eat­ing zom­bies. l Cost to make: $114,000 l World­wide gross: $30 mil­lion Heav­ily crit­i­cized upon re­lease, it has been se­lected by the Li­brary of Congress for preser­va­tion in the Na­tional Film Reg­istry as a film deemed “cul­tur­ally, his­tor­i­cally or aes­thet­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant.”

Sig­nif­i­cant? How does a 14-minute mu­sic video sound? Michael Jack­son’s “Thriller,” re­leased in 1983, had record-set­ting sales for video, al­bum and song. The “Thriller” zom­bies were all fun and games.

Games? The first zom­bie video games came out in 1984. “Zom­bie Zom­bie” was a big hit in Europe. Then in 1996, “Res­i­dent Evil” was re­leased. It ex­panded into sev­eral se­quels and movies af­ter it be­came a best-seller.

Best-seller? In 2003, Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks, topped the New York Times best-seller list with his book, “The Zom­bie Sur­vival Guide.” Sales were no joke.

Joke? In 2004, “Shaun of the Dead,” known as the first ro­man­tic zom­bie com­edy (RomZomCom), was re­leased and made $30 mil­lion world­wide.

World­wide? In 2009, grad­u­ate stu­dents in Ot­tawa, On­tario, pub­lished the first math­e­mat­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the zom­bie apoca­lypse. They state, if an in­fec­tion breaks out in a city of 500,000 peo­ple, we have only three days to sur­vive.

Sur­vive? In 2015, “The Walk­ing Dead” did more than sur­vive as it was the high­est watched TV se­ries for views 18-49. It had 14.2 mil­lion view­ers for the sea­son six fi­nale.

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