Zombies Rule the Undead

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Zombies Rule the Undead


VAMPIRES are everywhere these days, biting at you from the covers of glossy magazines and haunting your multiplex and channel-surfing dreams.

Nothing against vamps, but I prefer my undead a little less beautiful and media savvy, and a lot more bloodthirsty. In a word: zombies.

Now, it's not like zombies have been ignored.

Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, is showing in the US.

World War Z and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, both based on bestselling books, are coming in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

And director George Romero has made a 40-year career out of sequels to his groundbreaking 1968 flick, Night of the Living Dead. His latest: Survival of the Dead.

But, of late, zombies have been taking a back seat to the fang-boys, and it's time to put things right.

Here are five reasons why zombies rule:

1. My undead can beat up your undead.

Ghosts can be scary (think Poltergeist), but they can also be romantic (think Ghost).

And, sure, no thinking young girl really wants to bring Count Orlok, the creepy vampire at the centre of the 1922 film Nosferatu, home to meet mum and dad.

But a lot has changed in nearly a century.

For the past 50 years or so - from Dark Shadows' Barnabas Collins through Interview With a Vampire's Lestat to Twilight's Edward Cullen and True Blood's Bill Compton, vampires have become increasingly moody, broody, and seductive.

But if ghosts can be romance and Unchained Melody, and vampires are now all emo and Death Cab for Cutie, zombies are just straight-up gangsta and N.W.A.

No apologies, no remorse.

2. 24-hour party people.

Granted, vampires have got the super-human strength going for them and they can be as smart as Bill Gates' accountant. …

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