If you were to ask me about the zombies, I’d assume you were talking about the rock band of that name, formed in 1962, and featuring Rod Argent, who later recorded “Hold Your Head High,” which lingers as a great song. That band also had hits with “Time Of The Season,” “She’s Not There,” and “Tell Her No.” If you’re younger than me, as most people are, these titles will mean nothing to you.
And, that’s the point I wish to make today. The other kind of zombies – the “undead,” if you will – seem to be very fascinating to a lot of people, most of whom don’t remember The Zombies musical group, by which I mean, they’re mostly young.
And it’s not just zombies. Vampires have had a re-birth, if you don’t mind the phrase, through the “Twilight” books and movies, HBO’s “True Blood,” and the much lower budget “Vampire Diaries” on TV.
There’s something about beings who are kind-of human and kind-of not that really seems to capture people’s imaginations, and their sensual interest as well. Drinking someone’s blood doesn’t really do anything for me, I must say. Having mine consumed is also not on my bucket list.
I really don’t understand the love of zombies. I guess maybe it ties into the Goth sensibilities of darkness and gloom, and a nose-thumbing at death and whatever it might bring.
There have always been stories about people coming back to visit their loved ones. “Ghost,” for one, is very romantic. Even “The Sixth Sense” where the little boy sees dead people has some thought-provoking elements. What if we CAN come back after we die?
Zombies, on the other hand, are just rude. Nobody wants an un-dead being moaning and doing that stilted walk that they all seem to do. And frankly, their breath can’t be very good after they awake from their dirt nap.
It seems like many of the plots to these stories revolve around a zombie or a vampire who is really a very good person-like being, and really wants to be loved and accepted. That’s very sweet, but I still have a hard time overlooking the pallid skin tones and the red eyes. And, if women are naïve in their attempts to change mortal men, vampires and zombies aren’t going to be any easier to change.
Boo! Maybe people like to be scared. To me, the number 16 trillion is scary, a parking lot that is a sheet of ice is scary, and, if it gets right down to it, much of the world is scary. I don’t need imagined horror creatures to elevate my blood pressure.
On the other hand, maybe that’s the whole point. Reality is too much to process. But a vampire and a zombie are understandable to our little brains. It’s true. Nobody can get their minds around a number like 16 trillion, but we can all understand being bitten in the neck. And, the 16 trillion is real, while the vampire is something scary that goes away when we shut the book or turn off the TV.
I’d like to see a vampire president: “I vant to raise your taxes and reduce government spending, but the undead congress won’t cooperate. It’s making me batty!”