Fans take a smart bite of Zombie Legends


October 16 – Americans have long been fascinated by zombies, undead, or corpses believed to be resurrected by witchcraft. The modern zombie tradition derives from Haitian folklore, but the concept of the living dead is present all over the world.

“Dawn of the Dead”, “The Last Man on Earth”, “Night of the Living Dead”, “Hot Bodies”, “Zombieland”, “I’m a Legend”, “The Walking Dead”, “iZombie” , “World War Z” and “Zone One” are titles of movies, TV shows and books regularly viewed and read this time of year. Librarians and students of the genre agree that this is a factor in anticipation of the Halloween season.

“You can find the living dead in the folklore of every culture. It is as if our ancestors sit around the campfire and ask, ‘What should we warn our grandchildren about? said Anna Talbot, a graduate of Northeastern State University who received her Master of Arts in English and studied Gothic literature. recognized: senseless consumption. “

In many depictions in movies, television, and books, people from diverse backgrounds must unite to defeat the zombies.

“For a moment you see the walls of race, class and gender melt into side issues next to the preservation of life. That way you can see that the zombie is actually functioning as a unifying figure. today. Nothing brings people together like a common enemy. Fear is funny like that, “Talbot said.

His favorite undead character is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, because he’s both loathsome and admirable.

“You want to see his evil plans succeed and be thwarted; you want to see him both escape death and meet his just end. And I just love that it’s a Texan who deals him the killing blow in the end,” she declared.

Kenny Limore is the manager of a commercial hunting center in Stilwell and is also a zombie lover. His favorite shows are “Zombieland” and “The Walking Dead”.

“’The Walking Dead’ is my favorite, when it comes to movies and TV shows. It looks like it has a more real application,” he said.

Zombie enthusiasts like Limore recognize that zombies are fictional, but there is something so appealing about them.

“I think it piques people’s curiosity and makes them wonder ‘what if?’ People like to wonder, “What if zombies hit?” Zombies hit all classes of people, and everyone knows it’s not real, but it’s always fun to talk about it. the fascination with it, ”said Limore.

Watching zombie movies can induce adrenaline in the body, a sensation that many people enjoy.

“I’m a bit of a sissy, but I like being scared. I really like ‘Zombieland’ because there’s the humor that takes the fear away. It’s bloody and disgusting,” said Presley Phillips, mother of four in Tahlequah. “I grew up shooting, and we were joking about the zombie apocalypse.”

She also likes “World War Z”, a film by Brad Pitt.

“In all the other movies they’re not smart and they move slowly. This one is pretty terrifying,” she said.

One of his young sons discovers zombies and is intrigued by them.

“We just found some old Halloween makeup, and he said, ‘make me a zombie’,” she said.

Presley said people are excited about zombies because the idea is fun to joke around.

“It’s disgusting enough to make it interesting. It’s disgusting, brain-eating and oozing, but when you watch these disgusting videos you can’t look away,” Phillips said.

You are invited

Dewain’s Place will be celebrating zombies on Halloween this year as it hosts its Zombie Prom, which begins at 9 p.m. on October 31. Members of the community are invited to attend the official event, disguised as zombies. For more information, visit

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