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  • Lovecraft’s Reanimator is the closest these early adaptations came to the modern zombie.
  • White Zombiis often regarded as the first legitimate zombie film ever made.Things to Come was based on a novel by H.G. Wells. It was the first to take the idea of zombies and expand it to such a large scale.I Am Legend is more often pegged as a vampire movie, but the themes of isolation and survival lends itself well to the zombie genre.
  • Because of a mistake with the copyrighting of the screenplay and movie, “Night of the Living Dead” is now owned by George Romero, but is actually public domain. Originally it was titled “Night of the Ghouls” and when they changed the titled to “Dead,” the copyright wasn’t added back. This is why there are so many versions of “Night” to buy and it’s easily downloaded off the internet.“The Serpent and the Rainbow” is actually based off voodoo zombies. The film is based on a novel by Wade Davis, an enthobotanist, who studied the plants that are used to make ‘voodoo’ zombies.
  • Resident Evil was one of the first video games that dealt with zombies and created a huge fan base.ZOMBIES!!! is a board game where the players are caught in a zombie infested city and must make their escape.
  • Though they might not be as scary when solo, a large mass of slow moving zombies would be next to impossible to get away from when cornered. Add to that the muscle deterioration and lack of coordination, fast zombies are just not feasible, nor that entertaining.
  • Hour 1: Pain and discoloration (brown-purple) of the infected area. Immediate clotting of the wound (provided the infection came from a wound).Hour 5: Fever (99-103 degrees F), chills, slight dementia, vomiting, acute pain in the joints.Hour 8: Numbing of extremities and infected area, increased fever (103-106 degrees F), increased dementia, loss of muscular coordination.Hour 11: Paralysis in the lower body, overall numbness, slowed heart rate.Hour 16: Coma.Hour 20: Heart stoppage. Zero brain activity.Hour 23: Reanimation.

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  • 1. ZOMBIES! Your undead friends. Tricia Thomas
  • 2. Contents Bulleted mayhem. History Rise in Pop Culture The Great Debate What Can the Government Do? What to Expect If You’re Bitten What if They Attack? Recommend Viewing & Reading Materials References Zombies! - Thomas 2
  • 3. An undead history It’s that voodoo that you do so well. 1,000 BC: Epic of Gilgamesh describes zombie-like creatures under the control of the goddess Ishtar. 1929: The Magic Island by W.B. Seabrook has the narrator encounter Haitian voodoo doctors who control zombies. 1920’s and 1930’s: H.P. Lovecraft writes many novelettes about the undead. The most important was Herbert West—Reanimator, about a mad scientist who resurrects the dead. Zombies! - Thomas 3
  • 4. An undead history It’s that voodoo that you do so well. 1932: White Zombi is released which capitalizes on the same voodoo zombie themes as Seabrook's. 1936: Things to Come is the first apocalyptic zombie movie. 1950’s: EC Comic’s Tales from the Crypt would go on to adapt many short stories from the 20’s and 30’s, bringing these stories to new generations. 1954: Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend has one lone man alive in a world filled with zombie-like creatures. 1968: George Romero makes Night of the Living Dead on a budget of $114,000 and re-invents the zombie genre. Zombies! - Thomas 4
  • 5. Rise in pop culture Because rising out of the grave is all work and no play. Started with George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) Romero continued with “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) and “Day of the Dead” (1985) From the 1980’s on, zombie movies have been a very popular franchise that include: “Evil Dead,” “The Serpent and Night of the Living Dead Trailer (1968) the Rainbow,” and “Shaun of the Dead” Zombies! - Thomas 5
  • 6. Rise in pop culture Because rising out of the grave is all work and no play. Gaming: Resident Evil Dead Rising Left 4 Dead Zombies!!! Television: Buffy the Vampire Slayer The X-Files Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video Zombies! - Thomas 6
  • 7. The great debate Slow vs. fast, they’re still going to eat your brains. Fast Zombies Slow Zombies Not feasible Not as terrifying Muscle Only scary in deterioration large groups Broken bones would not mend Easy to out run Overall (stay moving, decomposition stay alive) Zombies! - Thomas 7
  • 8. What can the government do? Slaying zombies is tax deductbile, right? Only recently has the United States government been ready to address the growing threat of a zombie invasion. Zombies! - Thomas 8
  • 9. On no! you’ve been bitten! Neosporin isn’t going to help that. First contact. Hour 1: Pain Bitten and [Human] Discoloration Hour 11: Hour 8: Paralysis of Numbing of Hour 5: Fever lower body extremities Hour 23: Hour 16: Hour 20: Heart Reanimation Coma stoppage [Zombie] Zombies! - Thomas 9
  • 10. What if they attack? Zero to apocalypse at the speed of ambling. Some forms of zombism are already here. Large cities would go first. Stay vigilant. In the end you can only be prepared. Zombies! - Thomas 10
  • 11. Recommended movies & books Because knowing is half the battle. Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide & World War Z George Romero, Living Dead Series (1968-Present) Wes Craven, The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead (2004) Zombies! - Thomas 11
  • 12. references Proof I didn’t make this stuff up. Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide, Three Rivers Press, New York, 2003 Zombie Survival Wiki, www.zombiesurvivalwiki.com Zombie Crisis, www.zombiecrisis.org Zombie Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie Google Images Youtube Videos Zombies! - Thomas 12
  • 13. Questions? Braaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnnssssss? Zombies! - Thomas 13