Posts Tagged ‘undead’

Okay to be honest there are hundreds of posts that could be done around zombies but I’m just going to go with some generics and fun bits. There will no doubt be more as time goes on…

The fictional zombie is a walking undead creature that eats the flesh and brains of humans, once bitten you either get a slow agonising death or mauled apart as fodder. More flesh for the flesh eaters… if you should survive in tact(ish) then you can rise and join the army!

My first experience with zombies came thanks to Channel 4 screaming Zombie Flesh Eaters when I was in my teens, sitting up in the early hours of the morning I was entranced and disgusted by the old black and white horror. The modern evolvement from the gaming platforms and some of the other TV shows has brought the zombie phenomenon to the forefront.

For anyone that likes their horror to be light-hearted Shaun Of The Dead has always been a fun one. The idea that some seemingly random Brits are caught up in what is effectively the Zombie Apocalypse is headed up with the local pub and a bunch of misfits. If you’re familiar with Shaun Of The Dead you’d likely be aware of the shambling slow horde zombie that comes up along the street, or tries to grab you from it’s fallen position in the road.

America has also brought with it The Walking Dead that has spurned some games and a fan-base of people that are avidly watching a group trying to survive against innumerable odds. From the very opening scene’s the characters are brutally thrown into the war against the undead, against other survivors and the environment itself. The Walking Dead has everything the aspiring last stand enthusiast needs, abandoned city scapes, the harsh realities of desperate people and the fantastically created monsters themselves.

So if you haven’t checked out these two perhaps you might now?

And for good measure check out Zed Events, they organise Survival Weekends here in England, you can test your zombie survival skills in real time!

An early report of vampires comes from Istria in Croatia, 1672. The locals reported a local vampire Giure Grando, in the village of Khring near Tinjan. He was the cause of some panic as the peasant’s death left them with his undead irritations. He took blood from the locals and sexually harassed his window. The original attempt to remove the undead was a stake which failed, so they took a more permanent approach of beheading.

Peter Plogowitz and Arnold Poale are two names synonymous with vampires. Plogojowitz died at the age of 62, but then allegedly came back to his son for food; his son refused and was found dead the next day. He was supposedly found to then attack neighbours, found dead the following day. Poale was an ex-soldier turned vampire who was attacked
by one years before his death whilst haying. After his death there were reports of him taking out locals.

Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut have had some interesting brushes with the undead, there are cases in the area where the family had the heart removed to prevent any further risings, although vampires are never mentioned specifically. A famous case recorded in Exeter, Rhode Island is of Mercy Brown, 1892 who removed her from her tomb two months after her death. He was aided by the family physician and they cut out her heart, and then burned it to ashes.

Japanese Cinema has a great set of vampire films from the 1950’s upwards, however a lot of the folklore is derived form the Western types (see Escape from Vampire Island as one of my personal favourites). The Nukekubi is perhaps the original tale for them as it is a creature whose head and neck detach from the body and fly around seeking it’s human prey at night.

In South Asia, the Bhūta or Prét is the soul of a man with a life cut short, they wander around animating bodies and attacking the living similar to ghouls. The legends of detachable body parts is not solely given to Japan either, there are similar types in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonsia. The Tagalog and the Visayan Manananggal are other examples. Mandurugo are pretty girls by day and at night they get wings and thread-like tongues but the Manananggal is older and can sever it’s torso to fly and find sleeping pregnant women. They like to suck out the foetus or the entrails of sick people (yuk!)