I’m listening to last weekend’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me from NPR’s podcast feed and they had George Romero on as a celebrity guest. I was happy to hear that he shares my view on an important current issue.
George and I feel that zombies shouldn’t run. This has long been a point of contention for me; I am capable of enjoying a film with running zombies in it, but there is always a faint sense of disappointment. Now, George Romero makes allowances if the “zombies” aren’t actually dead (as in 28 Days Later, Zombieland) because that fixes it.
I’ve been a monster fan since I was a kid, and believe me, if your story requires a fast-moving antagonist, there are plenty of options to choose from. The whole point of using zombies as your monsters is the ease of avoiding any ONE confrontation, while dealing with the inevitability of defeat due to massive numbers and endless patience.
I’m usually willing (to a fault) to consider both sides of an issue, but I’m just not willing to budge on this. There it is. I want to know what you think whether you agree or are wrong. Please comment or email.