Even the Nazis, who in a manner of sorts were zombies, could not take over the earth. And, they had guns, really big guns!
A bunch of brain dead, uncoordinated, rotting, animated corpses taking over the world? PLEASE!
The unintended father of this turn in the genre, George Romero, never really went there. Yeah, they got out of control in his movies but they never really took over.
So while I enjoy productions like the “The Walking Dead”, I still think the idea is absurd.
In the pre-Romero, and certainly pre-”28 Days” era, zombies were seen as simply soulless. Because of this, they had no will and appeared to be dead. Walking, apparently dead creatures without essence. In the original zombie film, “White Zombie” 1931, the soul of woman is taken by an evil man (played by Bela Lugosi) who used voodoo curses to turn people into slaves.
In many incarnations of these earlier era movies, the motivation was an evil overlord who found a way to kill the soul and take control of the person’s body. In the original post-silent zombie film, “White Zombie” 1931, the soul of a woman is taken by an evil man (played by Bela Lugosi) who used voodoo curses to turn people into slaves.
This concept was frightening to society at the time. People believed their soul was the essence of life. At that time fascism and communism were running rampant across world. Death not only occurred on the battlefield, but people were mass murdering each other in there own countries by the tens of millions. All because some overlord seized power and controlled their minds.
“True Love Zombie” goes back to that to era. The movie is about the struggle between love (the good), the enslavers (the bad), and the zombies (the ugly) who are caught in the middle.
I have my theories as to why “apoco-zombie” films have gotten so popular, but I’ll save that for another time.