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Are Zombies Dying Out?

Halloween is fast approaching, and I’ve spent months planning my costume. I’m going for something classic, with a slight modern twist. Yep, I’m going as zombie Donald Trump. Hm. I can sense you rolling your eyes already. That’s not exactly the reception I was hoping for. But unfortunately, it’s an increasingly common response to the word ‘zombie’. The word has become tainted; It’s now held in the same regard as words like ‘sharknado’ and ‘selfie’. Words that can be stuck in front of anything, then sold to anyone. Words that aren’t very special to be honest.

But it’s not their fault. All they ever wanted to do was please us (and maybe eat our brains too). It’s just that zombies seem to be the ‘in’ thing right now, and it’s pretty impossible to escape them. If it’s not zombie outfits we’re talking about, it’s zombie tv shows, zombie movies or even comic books. People have gone nuts for the undead in recent times, and the craze doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

But rather than providing us with bucket loads of high quality zombie content to feast on, this obsession is providing us with a constant stream of tat that people have seemingly slapped together in a matter of minutes. Video stores are now filled with gems like ‘Nazi Zombies’ and ‘Sharks vs The Undead’, Frankenstein creations that can barely be described as films. And their fleeting existence on our shelves only contributes to the idea that zombies are becoming a B-movie favorite.

Fortunately, there are people out there who want to challenge that idea. The success of the brilliant ‘The Walking Dead’ series, as well as countless zombie movies of late, shows that there truly is an audience out there for high quality zombie entertainment. Sure, you have to wade through a lot of crap to find it. But if a zombie show like ‘TWD’ can survive for 6 solid seasons through great acting, effects and action, surely this shows that the zombie genre is far from dead and buried?

So I will dress up as zombie Donald Trump this year. And yes, I’m well aware that perhaps zombies aren’t as cool, or as scary as they once were. But people still love them, and the idea of being caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse is still pretty terrifying. Besides, Donald Trump is scary enough on his own.

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