1 I understand the difference between reality and fantasy. I know that zombies aren’t real and that it’s probably impossible (hopefully) for something like a zombie to exist, but I’m still terrified of them. Before I go any further I should probably define what a zombie is. I’m talking about the Romero zombies, the Dawn of the Dead remake and the 28 Days Later “zombies” (though not truly zombies because they are not dead, but it makes little difference). I don’t know what it is about zombies that scare me, I suppose it’s a number of things.
- They are basically an unstoppable force. A blow (bulltet) to the head/brain will kill them but otherwise they’ll just keep coming. An unstoppable tsunami of the dead will wash across the land and devour every last soul until there is nothing left. (Poetic, isn’t it.)
- The conformity. I think that this was one of the biggest commentaries that Romero was giving in his original Day of the Dead. All people will conform. They will all be the same and any who try to fight it will eventually be consumed and then they too will become one of the dead.
- If you get bit… it’s over. This is the one that scares me the most. Anybody that is bitten will turn into one of the dead. There is no stopping it.
There are a number of other things that scare me (like the insatiable hunger) but those three are really the ones that do it. The funny thing about my fear of zombies is that as much as they freak me out, I love reading books and watching movies about them. I can’t get enough of the zombie genre.
P.S. Kinemortophobie is fear of the moving dead.