Netflix: Zombie Mania
Just finished watching Zombie Mania, a 2009 Starz presents documentary.
All the luminaries are here: George Romero, Tom Savini, Max Brooks, and more. They talk about the emergence and evolution of the zombie and Romero is absolutely given his due. Very worth watching and available to stream from Netflix.
Note that if you search for it on Netflix, you need to enter the title as one word or else Netflix has no idea what you mean.
Is Frankenstein’s monster a zombie?
It seems like a generally accepted theory that one of the hallmarks of being a zombie is coming back from the dead - being a reanimated corpse. There are exceptions, of course (i.e. the rage virus), but plenty of zombie films so absolutely assume this as fact that it’s reflected in their titles. (Night of the Living Dead, Deadgirl, and so on.)
It’s also well-known and clearly stated that Frankenstein’s monster is a reanimated corpse.
So does this make him a zombie as well?
This leads to many more lines of inquiry.
If he is not a zombie, then what is he?
If he is a zombie, what does it mean that he eventually learned to be intelligent and articulate? Does this mean that all zombies, on a long enough timeline, could also become literate and capable of reason? Somehow, looking at, say, Resident Evil zombies, I am unconvinced that this is the case.
If FM is a zombie, does he struggle with craving for brains and/or human flesh? It’s never explicitly mentioned in Shelley’s book as far as I can remember unless one wishes to count his desire to make Dr. Frankenstein suffer. I, however, don’t think this counts. It had more to do with revenge than with sustenance.
What are the implications for the Frankensteinian characters utilized in other media? Lurch from the Aadam’s family and Herman Munster both come to mind. However, due to their supernatural surroundings (i.e. working for the Aadam’s and being married to vampire respectively) encouraged them to stay in line. Or, perhaps, due to the Frankensteinian Difference, flesh-eating rampages weren’t something about which their families needed to be concerned.
So, since Lurch, Herman Munster, and ultimately Frankenstein’s Monster were capable of, at least, integration with reasonably normal society without eating anyone, there must be something different about their beings/creation in order to make them different from other zombies.
Working from the way Frankenstein’s Monster was reanimated, I’d say that the difference is lightning.
Other zombies are typically infected in one way or another, and that’s what results in their eventual zombification. Frankenstein’s monster, however, and by extension Lurch and Herman, started out as dead humans (a variety of them) who were then stitched together and thoroughly zapped back to unlife.
Due to the presumed expense, I don’t imagine that many zombies are created in this manner. If, however, someone still reanimates corpses with this kind of Old World craftsmanship, I’d be interested in acquiring one to work at Zombility. The possibility of management positions abound.
Anonymous asked: hey, trish is this your website? I think i know you, weren't you in the Mill for a bit?
Yes I was. And yes, this is my tumble, though it’s going through some growing pains right now. How are you, whomever you happen to be?
So that my tumblr (poor neglected thing) better reflects where I’m heading with my business right now. Thank goodness it’s zombie-themed or else I’d be bored out of my mind.