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February 17th, 2001



As a horror movie buff, I consider myself a sort of afficianado of the genre… especially when it comes to zombies.

Zombies initially started off as Carribean voodoo creations — reanimated bodies that were, for all intents and purposes, brain dead. Apparently, there’s even a law on the books on certain islands forbidding “zombification” of live citizens.

However, as early as the 1930’s, zombies started showing up in horror movies. Among the best known early zombie movies is Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie. Zombies really started taking form with the movie that kick-started the whole “living dead” genre: Night of the Living Dead.

George Romero’s zombies were the most interesting that had ever been created. He explored the zombie personality even more deeply in the outstanding Dawn of the Dead (the one movie I have seen more than any other), where the main characters try hiding from the flesh-hungry in an abandoned mall (the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, PA). However, the zombies have some sort of memory of their past lives and start showing up at the mall to continue their dead-life where their regular life left off.

There have been countless other zombie movies (there are 50 listed on the IMDB with “living dead” in the title). Some have been excellent derivative works (like Lucio Fulci’s Zombi, which was initially marketed as Zombie 2 to imply a connection with Dawn of the Dead‘s European title, Zombie). Others have broken new ground (like Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead). And yet others have been total and utter garbage (Umberto Lenzi’s laughably bad City of the Walking Dead and Jess Franco’s painfully awful Zombie 4: Virgin Among the Living Dead). Some have even combined two sides of the same living-dead coin: cannibals (live people who eat flesh) and zombies (dead people who eat flesh), like Marino Girolami’s Zombie Holocaust (aka Dr. Butcher, M.D.).

I will now refer you to a number of good zombie sites from around the Web:


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FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday February 16, 2001 -- 10:31:00PM
The only one of the titles you mention that I've actually seen is Fulci's Zombie. It never made much of an impression on me, save the scene where the woman gets that big splinter through her eye. That was just a great artistic moment.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday February 18, 2001 -- 1:35:45AM
Zombie is definitely an acquired taste -- it's generally only for hardcore enthusiasts. But yes, the splinter scene is the one that most affected me when I first saw it... one of the few examples of "loving gore," the way only Fulci could do it.

FROM: Heather Black
DATE: Wednesday May 16, 2001 -- 1:01:17PM
Could you please send me some pictures of zombies and voodoo dolls

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday May 16, 2001 -- 2:00:14PM
...only if you're doing a report on 'em for school!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday May 16, 2001 -- 2:35:48PM
I'm doing a report on naked Pingers. Send me lots of pictures.

FROM: dave
DATE: Monday June 27, 2005 -- 3:22:24 pm
I'm bumping this Ping in honor of Land of the Dead. It's a worthy addition to the canon of serious zombie movies.

Sid Grimm July 5, 2007, 4:13 am

Hello zombie peoples!

Bub July 23, 2013, 1:43 pm


I noticed that you have Tarman’s Basement listed among the links on your website. While his website has been down for many years now, you can find all of his reviews along with my own at

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