The first zombie staggered onto the big screen in 1932. 1932!
It was probably made most popular through George A. Romero’s fascination with creepy brain eaters in the 1960s & 70s, when he gave us the first look at modern zombies in the Night of the Living Dead series. Since then, and somehow even more immediately so this summer, the zombie craze is spreading like a virus (…see what I did there? yea.)
The big trend of zombie glorification is most likely an obvious evolution to all of the vampire movies that took over a few years back (remember the whole Twilight thing?). Then, The Walking Dead took over the boob tube, and finally – immersed in our pop culture reality, zombies have filtered down into the mainstream, and most importantly (for us at least) in kid’s graphics tee markets in a large number of retail outlets and this trend doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon.
This year, with youth friendly movies such as ParaNorman (from the makers of Caroline), a future remake of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie on the horizon, and new video games like Resident Evil 6, swarms of video game playing, red eyed, prepubescent humanoids are mobbing the local malls like a scene directly from Romero’s Day of the Dead . It’s crazy how life imitates art – ain’t it?