The genre of horror is slowly losing its touch in cinema. Horror film makers nowadays are adding a touch of comedy to entertain the audience. A new obsession has taken over the current crop of horror movies – zombies! Inspired by Hollywood movies and TV shows, the Indian audience too, are taken up by the dead. However, the sight of a half-dead dismembered human being is no longer feared, rather the audience is increasingly fascinated by these monsters. Zombies are now seen in every genre of cinema, be it a thriller, comedy or romance. Even zombie cosplays are slowly becoming a fan-favorite.
First things first, a zombie is not a ghost or a vampire. It is a deceased human being, who has returned to life, only partially, due to circumstances that have still not been determined by their creators. A zombie cannot feel emotions or think the way human beings do. They feel only hunger, which is satiated in the form of flesh, mostly human. No, zombies are not blood-suckers like vampires, they crave only flesh. They are attracted by light, sound, and can be destroyed only with a shot or blow to the head. Most zombies are scary looking, with half-eaten flesh and mutilated bodies, a result of them being ‘dead’. Their look is meant to instigate fear and alarm. However, the plot of most zombie movies simply takes that fear away. Zombies are okay, really.
One of the earliest zombies in cinema was Frankenstein, the famous monster created by a science student of the same name. The zombie has evolved much since then. Today, zombies are mostly seen in popular TV shows such as The Walking Dead and iZombie. The Walking Dead is based on the comic books series of the same name, where a sheriff wakes up from a coma only to realize that the world is overrun by zombies. He goes on to lead a group of survivors to safety. The show does not refer to the walking dead as zombies, but uses different terms such as walkers, or biters. The show was well-received all over the world, which led to the creation of the spin-off series ‘Fear the Walking Dead‘. Another well-known zombie show is iZombie, where a medical resident becomes a zombie, and uses it to her advantage to assist the police.
In 2013, Bollywood presented its first zombie movie – Go Goa Gone – featuring Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, and Anand Tiwari. The story was about a group of friends, who attend a rave party on a remote island in Goa, only to find out that the island is infested with the dead. The movie was a riot and no member of the audience was haunted by the vile zombies. It’s no doubt that their popularity has made them less frightening and more of a joke.
The recent release Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a unique take on Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride & Prejudice, including an army of zombies into the plot. The movie did have its dose of entertainment, with many twists to keep the audience engaged till the very end.
Watch the trailer of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies here, if you haven’t already:
– By Delnaz Divecha