I Am Legend, the movie adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic vampire survival novel opened in theaters last week to resounding success – but many readers of the book were left asking themselves, “What happened to the vampires?”
It would seem that the long, rotting arm of the zombie is reaching far beyond its genre. I Am Legend featured creatures that looked more like zombies than vampires – and acted that way, too.
Long gone seem the slow, shambling zombies of George Romero’s day – now every Zombie we see seems to feel the need to top the one before it, and so zombies just keep getting faster and faster, more and more agile. It’s no wonder that I Am Legend chose to meet zombies and vampires halfway in the middle – zombie movies are trending toward the kind of creatures we see in I Am Legend anyway.
We Zombiephiles feel that it’s time this trend stopped! Zombies are zombies, and vampires are vampires. Zombies belong in zombie movies, and vampires belong…well, we won’t share how we feel about most vampire movies.
The point is, the Zombie, and the central lore of zombieness, should be considered as set in stone, irrevocable, immutable and unchangeable. It’s movies like 28 Days Later that had to come along and “up the ante” on zombie movies – like that even needed doing.
Join us in our stand against fast, agile zombies! We demand the return of slow, shambling, brain-craving re-animated corpses, not virus-infected, flesh-eating cannibals! Zombiephiles of the world, unite!