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ZOMBIES VS ALIENS

Within the horror genre of films there is one man who is a legend within his field and this guy is Rob Zombie. He is probably the most iconic figure that is perhaps well known outside the sector but where should the new entrant and fan go and what should they watch? How has this genre developed itself into modern media and are games better than the film? Are there any real life examples of a zombie in modern society?

A great starting point is the 'House of a 1000 Corpses' – Zombie manages to re-work the look and feel of the older films of the 1970’s and 1960’s and brings it to new audiences. Let’s delve into Rob – surely his surname can’t be Zombie but if it is what a stroke of luck! Of course his real name is Robert Cummings and he rose to fame in the 80’s with his band White Zombie – you can understand why he chose to adopt a new surname now!

‘100 Corpses’ is certainly not for the faint hearted and due to the success of this film and his follow ups including ‘The Devils Rejects’ and ‘The Lords of Salem’ mainstream film has taken the idea and diluted it (a lot). These films have included ’28 Days/28 Weeks later’ as well as ‘’Twilight’ and ‘Dead End’ – these films have taken the ideas and themes and made them more mainstream and often are downgraded to a 15 certificate in order to gain the maximum audience at the cinema and for follow up DVD sales.

A big success story has been Twilight and has mixed Americana with soft horror – a big franchise the films have also spawned games. If you like Twilight, you'll love Immortal Romance and with this Lucky Nugget game you can play in 243 ways and play as new characters.

You may think that Zombies are the stuff of fantasy but you only have to look at the recent Black Friday sales to see similar behaviour. Slobbering crowds – grunting and a lot of general argy bargy, it would be genius for Rob to take the theme of modern consumerists and take the idea into film. Of course the games are rarely better than the film but surely for Twilight there is a chance of this.

If you are a Zombie devotee or a newcomer to the scene it is great to reflect on his work and his wider influence in society.

Published December 9, 2015

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