Directors Zombies: fast or slow?

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  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    So how do you like your zombies: fast, as in the Dawn of the Dead remake, or slow, as in Romero's original?

    I prefer the slow zombies - just seems natural that if one is dead, one isn't going to be moving very fast.








    Keep in mind that I've never actually encountered a zombie...
     
  2. Brook K

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    Slow is the only way to go.

    I don't like Olympic sprinter-esque zombies as in Return of the Living Dead, though the movie is funny and campy enough that I still like it. Hoping to see Dawn tonight.
     
  3. Nick Sievers

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    I like hordes of slow zombies, you think they would be easy to outrun but when you eventually have nowhere to go and can't defend yourself it just seems more menacing as they slowly get closer and closer.
     
  4. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Slow.

    There was an article about zombie history in Friday's Los Angeles Times (seriously). The Romero Paradigm is called the "orthodox zombie" (again, I'm not making this up).

    People are saying the fast, lunging, running zombie was pioneered in 28 Days Later. But, the article noted, the creatures in the British film were not technically zombies — they were "crazies," or "infecteds." They were never dead to begin with.

    As for this remake, which I have yet to see, I'll reserve judgment. But nothing beats the lumbering walking dead as they converge on that farmhouse for generating a real sense of dread.
     
  5. Mark Shannon

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    Well, the faster zombie seems more realistic. Just because you're dead, doesn't mean you're stiff as a bored. Plus, dead people feel no pain, and don't run out of breath, so it just makes sense that they can run faster.

    Maybe it's just the age gap. The younger generations probably favour the faster zombies.
     
  6. Steeve Bergeron

    Steeve Bergeron Cinematographer

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    I prefer the faster ones. They look a lot more dangerous.
     
  7. Jon B NY

    Jon B NY Stunt Coordinator

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    Slooowweerrrrrr!
     
  8. Erik.Ha

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    Slow down, you move to fast...
    you got to make the killin' last...
    Comein out from an old tomb stone....
    Doo doo da doo doo feelin' ghoulie...
     
  9. Casey Trowbridg

    Casey Trowbridg Lead Actor

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    That's what I'm talking about put me in the slow catagory.
     
  10. Jack Briggs

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    Erik, did you make that parody up yourself? Funny!
     
  11. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    And there was an NPR segment as well. Seriously. Went back to White Zombie with Bella Lugosi. You may not be surprised to learn that he was not the good guy in this film.

    To answer the question:

    Slow: seriously.
     
  12. Jay E

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    Slow is the way to go. It just doesn't seem right for a zombie to be fast.
     
  13. Alex Spindler

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    My opinion is mixed.

    For a zombie film with a good deal of thoughtful subtext, a slow zombie is a great choice. However, for there to be a successful spread of the infection, you are really dependent on the kind of sentimental activity seen in the original Dawn to make it work. Things like people keeping their dead relatives, being unwilling to kill your zombie daughter. Things like that. Otherwise, you can pretty easily avoid them. As a mirror to the humans that deal with them, the slow zombie is a good thing to have.

    For a straight up scare you horror film, a faster zombie is ideal. Seeing the mack truck sized large zombie in the Dawn remake just showed how dangerous they are when fast. Their sense of momentum is truly frightening, and I enjoyed it as a change of pace in 28 Days Later (I know, not zombies) and the remake of Dawn.

    So, I'll answer both.
     
  14. Zen Butler

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    Slow. Zombies were all slow in Diablo games too. Like they should be.




    28 Days Later shouldn't have even been mentioned. Loved that film, BTW.
     
  15. Steve Christou

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    I like the ultra-thin 'breakdancing' zombie from Return of the Living Dead, crying out brains whenever he sees a victim.[​IMG]

    I prefer my zombies slow, there's something really creepy and unnerving about a slow shambling zombie, especially if it's dragging one of it's dead feet...[​IMG]

    A fast zombie might as well be a deranged person with bad skin.
     
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    Human zombies should be slow. Animal zombies should be fast.

    It's only natural.
     
  17. James T

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    I prefer the slow moving zombies.

    In seems like it could be more suspenseful if you can see the zombie slowy moving its way towards you in a long narrow alley and you have no way out. The same scenario with a fast moving zombie would be over in a blink of the eye. No suspense takes place.
     
  18. Scott Weinberg

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    I've no real preference. For Romero's film, the slow shufflin'-ass zombies were fantastic. They worked within the context of the film. They represented the mindless masses of consumers on a subtextual level; on a horror level, their lack of energy leads one to assume that the horror is not in the zombie itself...but in the sheer number of zombies. The fact that these chompers are so slow, yet have still managed to overthrow society pretty easily, has the viewer in a constant sense of despair. These pasty-faced slo-mo mofos have stolen the planet.

    Now for the new fangled & speedy zombies? They work within the context of their own films. I know that Boyle's film doesn't deal with "zombies" per se, but for the sake of this discussion....they're close enough. Both 28 Days Later and Snyder's Dawn of the Dead are about action and reaction; they're kinetic and often frantic sci-fi action flicks delivered with a decidedly horrific slant.

    Slow zombies = A really creepy episode of The Twilight Zone

    Fast zombies = A feature-length amusement park ride.

    I can appreciate both approaches without dismissing the "new style". Stephen Sommers' mummy is hardly the same thing as the old-fashioned Universal mummy. You may prefer one over the other, but there's enough room on the DVD shelf for both.

    At least there is around here. I love horror movies.
     
  19. Christ Reynolds

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    depends on if you are watching an action movie or not. a fast zombie would make no sense if it was in the original dawn of the dead, and a slow one wouldnt make sense in the new one.

    CJ
     

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