I am a fan of zombie films, and there are quite a few people who like films which revolve around the concept of zombies. A film about space travel or time travel preys upon people’s desire to travel in space or back in time. What is it about zombie films? Do zombies represent our view of other people? Some films concentrate on the fear aspect e.g. 28 Days Later or Resident Evil whilst other films have more of a comedy aspect e.g. Shawn of the Dead. So, its not all to do with adrenalin and fear.
I reckon that on a psychological level there may be something to do with the pleasure of hypothetically hurting people we know; obviously we don’t do it in our daily lives, but everyone sometimes feels really aggressive and wants to let out our anger on people we know.
In Shaun of the Dead, he kills zombies who were people he knew. Although I love the film, and I don’t scrutinise every film I watch, I always think it’s interesting that people enjoy watching someone kill people he knows, though of course the film manages to justify it because these people have lost their ‘human-ness’ and Shaun kills them out of defence.
But I think that, primarily, watching zombie films is a way of releasing aggression, like a computer game, on people we hypothetically know, though in an acceptable way, because they’re ‘inhuman’ and dangerous.
Maybe I’m reading into this a bit too much.
by: Georgia L
on: 6th December 06