They are a cultural icon. We here in America have gone crazy over them. We love our brain/flesh eaters with a passion.
They are defined as (according to Wikipedia) “A zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi; North Mbundu: nzumbe) can be either a fictional undead monster or a person in an entranced state believed to be controlled by a bokor or wizard. These latter are the original zombies, occurring in the West African Vodun religion and its American offshoots Haitian Vodou and New Orleans Voodoo.”
Over in Africa, they are not your run-of-the-mill, ghastly, brain-eating zombies. As a matter of fact, they look pretty much like you and I would while still considered as part of the living population.
This documentary is 70 min. long, and was made in 2005. They are in Haiti. But it gives a good ideology in regards to Zombies within the real world.
As for Hollywood, we have so many Zombie-based movies, it really isn’t funny. It all started with the infamous George A. Romero and his “Night Of The Living Dead”.
One of the newest “rages” with this subject comes to us from the television channel, American Movie Classics (also known as AMC). Last year, they pulled off the seemingly impossible. The comic book, “The Walking Dead” was brought to life in a new, original, “pushing-the-envelope” series with the comic’s main title.
Here is a (graphic and verbally expletive) trailer for season one of the hit thrill ride of a show.
We went from human-looking zombies, to sub-human, brain-eating, disgusting-looking zombies, thanks to our generation of horror fanatics being thirsty for more blood and guts. Whereas those that truly believe in the lore of Zombies and who practice Voodoo have a more realistic take on the subject.
But their take on zombies isn’t as fun to watch. *grin*