I have four phobias that I am currently aware of. Two are regular and common. (Claustrophobia and Acrophobia). The other two are quite unusual. The first of which would be discussed another day. The second are Zombies. I am petrified of Zombies. Yes, I know they are not real. I sat down today and tried to trace when and where the fear began. Two distinct incidences stood out in my head.
Flash Back- When i was five years old, my cousin brought home a Nigerian movie. Witch Doctor of the Living Dead. Now this movie was a Z movie with horrendous acting, horrible costumes, fake pink blood, rubber snakes and the camera crew appearing in shots BUT for me, it was the scariest movie ever. I had nightmares about the zombie like men walking with chalk on their face and pink liquid dripping from their mouths. Hey! I was five.
The weird thing is that I also saw Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead at that time and i was not as scared.
Years passed. It was the Play station Era in my house and my siblings and I were really into it. (Crash Bandicoot was all my time Favourite game and it still sucks that it was never made into PS 3). My brother’s friend brought over a game “Resident Evil one”. It wasn’t my thing, so I never played until one day when I was home alone, I decided to play it. Biggest mistake of my life. It was an incredible dark and spooky game and when my character was approached by Zombies, I couldn’t get the darn guns to operate. (Turns out I had not picked any bullets. Genius me.) So there I was genuinely scared, trying unsuccessfully to shoot at the approaching zombies until my dormant brain kicked me in the chin and i turned off the darn console. (One would think that would have been obvious from the get go)
Despite these incidences, I wasn’t technically scared of Zombies. I watched Resident Evil one to four. I loved Zombie land and Shaun of the dead. So I am not exactly sure when the Zombie fear kicked into full gear. Suddenly, I was having nightmares about zombies. I would wake up at dawn imagining that they were outside my window. I couldn’t sleep with the door open because I feared that they might come in. On rare occasions, i locked my bedroom door. Of course I couldn’t tell my husband because….well….it is Zombies. How do you explain such an irrational fear? Needless to say, I haven’t watched Resident Evil 5 or the Walking Dead. (I close my eyes or change the channel whenever it is being advertised). What makes the nightmares annoying is that I am always armed but the darned gun is always jammed. I am sure there is a Joseph like interpretation of my nightmares somewhere, but then I also have nightmares that the world becomes flooded and is invaded by sharks and Anacondas (I need to watch less TV).
So you can imagine my indignation when i heard that a love story about Zombies was being made. I kept thinking who in their right mind would try to romanticize zombies? it is Zombies. I get Werewolves and Vampires because they have human forms, but Zombies are dead smelling rotten corpses. How dare they? I am talking about the movie “Warm Bodies’. Ofcourse I never read the book and I had no intention of watching the movie. At this stage, the nightmares had eased off and i had no intention of re starting them. One brave day, I decided to watch the trailer on YouTube. I was pleasantly surprised. These Zombies were not scary. For the first time since Shaun of the dead, i was actually interested in watching a Zombie movie. So i did. I have seen it twice now (SPOILER ALERT- All the zombies did become human at the end, but while they were zombies, they were not that scary, even though they did kill a group of teenagers)
If all Zombies looked like him, Life would be awesome
So there you have it. Now I have not had any Zombie dreams in months. (hope this writeup doesn’t trigger one). But thanks to movie, Warm Bodies, I can now view Zombies as lost souls who could be quite funny if they weren’t moaning all the time or trying to eat our brains. I thought of putting up a picture of Zombies, but that would be a very bad idea. Yes?
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