What Bothers me about Zombie Movies

Yesterday was Halloween and so I've been watching a few zombie movies on television. And I realized one of the thing that bothers me about zombie movies these days, and I hope you will share your thoughts in the comment section below.

What bugs me about zombie movies is that nobody every seems to know they are in a zombie movie. All of the survivors are running around, screaming their heads off, bewildered as to why their friends and family are attacking and eating people. With the explosion of zombies in popular culture in the last twenty years, in books, television, movies, video games, and more. I don't think it is possible someone depicted in a modern zombie movie would have never seen a zombie movie at least once. Or at least know enough to say "Hey guys, that groaning old lady is trying to eat Joey, we should destroy her brain before Joey is infected or killed." But no, every single character in a zombie movie, either runs screaming or hides in the closet. Why doesn't everyone brandish an anti-zombie weapon and take the liberty of slaying two zombies each, that way the zombie apocalypse would never happen. If you don't know what weapon to use, visit the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Game.

I would like to see more zombie movies where the survivors know that they are in a zombie apocalypse and made decisions that I, the viewer would actually make and thus could relate to the survivors. Instead of hoping they get eaten soon so we can follow a more interesting character.

Leave your comments in the comment section below.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Game

Hello everyone,

Today I would like to introduce a zombie survival game I've titled "Grab it to survive" this game can be done at anytime and any place and here's how it's played.

At any arbitrary moment the game will start, first thing is to observe your immediate surrounding, that means the room you are in or the space around you within a few feet in any direction. Now imagine the zombie apocalypse has started and there one or more zombies in the building and heading in your direction. You now need to identify what can be used as a weapon in a moments notice, something you can use to fend off the zombie(s) as soon as you see them so you can get to better safety and/or upgrade to a better weapon. Some examples of everyday objects that can double as zombie weapons are; metal poles, heavy tools, sporting equipment, etc. you are only limited by your imagination. That is all you need to know for the game.

Now have a fun, simple and practical tool for your preparation for the "Zombie Apocalypse" whether you play for fun, or in order to train. Please enjoy and remember there are always ways to improve your impromptu zombie weapons.

Leave your feedback below, and share what you decided to use as your primary zombie weapon.

Toxie-Radd - Game Review

An elegant birds-eye view zombie hoard game. You play as a science experiment who wakes up during a zombie apocalypse. Start by fighting your way through the unlimited zombies, panicking police and the scientist who experimented on you. Three story level's which prepare you for a 20 level wave mode with increasingly resilient zombies.


Joe is a convict in St.Rose state prison a place of detention, pain and secret experimentation's on human lab rats.
But suddenly…something goes wrong
Joe awakes after a strong explosion With A gatling gun welded on his arm!
The prison is out of control…
everybody smells like dead flesh…
walking and biting as damned zombies!


A zombie action-shooting game featuring:
B-movie splatter-horror mood
3 story levels and a final 20 levels arena
Hundreds of zombies of 5 different kinds
Panic-striken policemen and 3 big-bosses
5 weapons including flamethrower & lightning gun
Massive explosions by grenades and oil barrels
Dynamic particle system for bullets & blood
30 Upgrade skills to grow Joe’s combat might
In-Game achievements for special bonus
Short, simple and Complete in-game tutorial
Automatic savegame at the end of each level
Acid-cartoon style intro & end video-animations
4 Original soundtracks with hard-rock battle music
Original “Resident Evil” Hollywood movie sound fx

You can play Toxie-Radd on Kongregate.

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Revenant - European Zombies

A revenant is a visible ghost or animated corpse that was believed to return from the grave to terrorize the living. The word "revenant" is derived from the Latin word, revenans, "returning" (see also the related French verb "revenir", meaning "to come back").

Vivid stories of revenants arose in Western Europe (especially Great Britain, and were later carried by Anglo-Norman invaders to Ireland) during the High Middle Ages. Though later legend and folklore depicts revenants as returning for a specific purpose (e.g., revenge against the deceased's killer), in most Medieval accounts they return to harass their surviving families and neighbors  Revenants share a number of characteristics with folkloric vampires.

Many stories were documented by English historians in the Middle Ages. William of Newburgh wrote in the 1190s, "It would not be easy to believe that the corpses of the dead should sally (I know not by what agency) from their graves, and should wander about to the terror or destruction of the living, and again return to the tomb, which of its own accord spontaneously opened to receive them, did not frequent examples, occurring in our own times, suffice to establish this fact, to the truth of which there is abundant testimony". Stories of revenants were very personal, always about a specific individual who had recently died (unlike the anonymous zombie depicted in modern popular culture), and had a number of common features.


Medieval stories of revenants have common features. Those who return from the dead are wrongdoers in their lifetime, often described as wicked, vain, or unbelievers. Often the revenants are associated with the spreading of disease among the living. The appropriate response is usually exhumation, followed by some form of decapitation, and burning or removal of the heart.

Several stories imply that sucking of blood has occurred. Because of this, revenants have sometimes been described as "vampires" by a number of authors of popular books about vampire legends, starting with Montague Summers. Medievalists are, however, largely skeptical towards this interpretation, possibly because vampire legends are believed to have originated in Eastern European folklore and became known to the Western public only later through reports coming from the East in the 18th century. Vampires do not appear in Western fiction (with modifications) until the late 18th century and early 19th century, starting with authors such as Robert Southey, Lord Byron and John William Polidori. However, anthropologists and folklorists tend to blur distinctions between the various forms of "walking dead", for which counterparts exist in the myths and legends of nearly every civilization dating back to earliest history.

Draugr - Norse Zombie

A draugr (original Old Norse plural draugar) literally "after-walker" or "one who walks after death" is an undead creature from Norse mythology, a subset of Germanic mythology. The original Norse meaning of the word is ghost, and older literature makes clear distinctions between sea-draug  and land-draug. Draugar were believed to live in the graves of the dead, with a draugr being the animated body of the dead. As the graves of important men often contained a good amount of wealth, the graugr jealously guards his teasures, even after death. Also known as, draug (Icelandic),dreygur (Faroese), or draugen  (Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, meaning "the draug").


Draugar possess superhuman strength, can increase their size at will, and carry the unmistakable stench of decay. They are undead Vikings that retain some semblance of intelligence, and who delight in the suffering that they cause. The draugr's ability to increase its size also increased its weight, and the body of the draugr was described as being extremely heavy. Thorolf of Eyrbyggja Saga was "uncorrupted, and with an ugly look about him... swollen to the size of an ox," and his body was so heavy that it could not be raised without levers. They are also noted for the ability to rise from the grave as wisps of smoke and "swim" through solid rock, which would be useful as a means of exiting their graves. In folklore the draugar slay their victims through various methods including crushing them with their enlarged forms, devouring their flesh, devouring them whole in their enlarged forms, indirectly killing them by driving them mad, and drinking their blood. Animals feeding near the grave of a draugr may be driven mad by the creature's influence. They may also die from being driven mad. Thorolf, for example, caused birds that flew over his howe to drop dead. Draugr are also noted as being able to drive living people insane.

The draugr's victims were not limited to trespassers in its howe. The roaming ghosts decimated livestock by running the animals to death while either riding them or pursuing them in some hideous, half-flayed form. Shepherds, whose duties to their flocks left them out of doors at night time, were also particular targets for the hunger and hatred of the undead:
... the oxen which had been used to haul Thorolf's body were ridden to death by demons, and every single beast that came near his grave went raving mad and howled itself to death. The shepherd at Hvamm often came racing home with Thorolf after him. One day that Fall neither sheep nor shepherd came back to the farm.
Draugar are noted for having numerous magical abilities (referred to as trollskap) resembling those of living witches and wizards, such as shape-shifting, controlling the weather, and seeing into the future. Among the creatures that a draugr may turn into are a seal, a great flayed bull, a grey horse with a broken back but no ears or tail, and a cat that would sit upon a sleeper's chest and grow steadily heavier until the victim suffocated. The draugr Thrain shape-shifted into a "cat-like creature" (kattakyn) in Hromundar saga Greipssonar:

Then Thrain turned himself into a troll, and the barrow was filled with a horrible stench; and he stuck his claws into the back of Hromund's neck, tearing the flesh from his bones...
Draugar have the ability to enter into the dreams of the living. Draugar also have the ability to curse a victim, as shown in the Grettis Saga where Grettir is cursed to be unable to become any stronger. Draugar also brought disease to a village and could create temporary darkness in daylight hours. While the draugr certainly preferred to be active during the night, it did not appear to be vulnerable to sunlight like some other revenants. A draugr's presence may be shown by a great light that glowed from the mound like "fox-fire." This fire would form a barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead. The draugr could also move magically through the earth, swimming through solid stone as does Killer-Hrapp:
Then Olaf tried to rush Hrapp, but Hrapp sank into the ground where he had been standing and that was the end of their encounter.
The creation of a draugr is not exactly clear, but in the Eyrbyggja saga, a shepherd is killed by a draugr and rises the next night as one himself. The draugr is also often shown as haunting its living family.

Some draugar are immune to weapons, and only a hero has the strength and courage needed to stand up to so formidable an opponent. In legends the hero would often have to wrestle the draugr back to his grave, thereby defeating him, since weapons would do no good. A good example of this kind of fight is found in the Hrómundar saga Gripssonar. Although iron could injure a draugr, as is the case with many supernatural creatures, it would not be sufficient to stop it. Sometimes the hero is required to dispose of the body in unconventional ways. The preferred method is to cut off the draugr's head, burn the body, and dump the ashes in the sea; the emphasis being on making absolutely sure the draugr was dead and gone.
The draugar were said to be either hel-blár ("blue-death") or, conversely, nár-fölr ("corpse-pale"). The "blue-death" color was not actually achromatic but was a dark blue or maroon hue that covered the entire body. Glámr, the undead shepherd of the Grettis saga, was reported to be dark blue in color and in Laxdœla saga the bones of a dead sorceress who had appeared in dreams were dug up and found to be "blue and evil looking."

The resting place of the draugr was a tomb that served much as a workable home for the creature. Draugar are able to leave this dwelling place and visit the living during the night. Such visits are supposed to be universally horrible events that often end in death for one or more of the living, which would then warrant the exhumation of the draugr's tomb by a hero. The motivation of the actions of a draugr was primarily jealousy and greed. The greed of a draugr causes it to viciously attack any would-be grave robbers, but the draugr also expresses an innate jealousy of the living, stemming from a longing for the things of the life it once had. This idea is clearly expressed in the Friðþjofs saga, where a dying king declared:
My howe shall stand beside the firth. And there shall be but a short distance between mine and Thorsteinn's, for it is well that we should call to one another.

This desire for the friendship experienced in life is one example of the manifestation of this aspect of the draugr. Draugr also exhibit an immense and nearly insatiable appetite, as shown in the encounter of Aran and Asmund, sword brothers who made an oath that if one should die, the other would sit vigil with him for three days inside the burial mound. When Aran died, Asmund brought his own possessions into the barrow: banners, armor, hawk, hound, and horse. Then Asmund set himself to wait the agreed upon three days:
During the first night, Aran got up from his chair and killed the hawk and hound and ate them. On the second night he got up again from his chair, and killed the horse and tore it into pieces; then he took great bites at the horse-flesh with his teeth, the blood streaming down from his mouth all the while he was eating... The third night Asmund became very drowsy, and the first thing he knew, Aran had got him by the ears and torn them off.

Ghoul - Arabian Zombie

Ghoul, Arabic Ghūl, in popular legend, demonic being believed to inhabit burial grounds and other deserted

places. In ancient Arabic folklore, ghūls belonged to a diabolic class of jinn (spirits) and were said to be the offspring of Iblīs, the Muslim prince of darkness. They were capable of constantly changing form, but their presence was always recognizable by their unalterable sign: ass’s hooves.

Ghouleh, female Ghoul, desert dweller
Considered female by the ancients, the ghūl was often confused with the sílā, also female; the sílā, however, was a witchlike species of jinn, immutable in shape. A ghul is also a desert-dwelling, shapeshifting, evil demon that can assume the guise of an animal, especially a hyena. It lures unwary people into the desert wastes or abandoned places to slay and devour them. The creature also preys on young children, drinks blood, steals coins, and eats the dead, then taking the form of the person most recently eaten.

A ghoul may be created by one of two ways; the first being, someone who has been cursed to return after death as a ghoul needing to consume human bodies. Then the more popular belief that the ghoul has sinned some way during it's life, most likely as a prostitute. Ghouls are more intelligent than modern zombies and use trickery and deception to attract victims.

In the Arabic language, the female form is given as ghouleh and the plural is ghilan. In colloquial Arabic, the term is sometimes used to describe a greedy or gluttonous individual.

Modern Ghoul, zombie-like, in a graveyard 
By extension, the word ghoul is also used in a derogatory sense to refer to a person who delights in the macabre, or whose profession is linked directly to death, such as a gravedigger.

Jiang Shi - Chinese Zombies

The Jiang Shi is a Chinese vampire/zombie that's name translates to 'stiff corpse'. It is a horrific creature that usually hops along, and when it comes across a victim it will suck the life force out of them. (In Chinese, qi.)
Ancient Jiang Shi

The Jiang Shi is said to be raised by a necromancer, or when the soul of a dead man cannot leave his body due to reasons in life, such as they were a horrible troublemaker, or if they commit suicide. The body looks different due to when they were raised. If they are raised soon after death, their appearance looks almost like a normal human, however if they have decomposed some time before they come to life, they can look horrific and ghastly.

Usually they are described as a pale white colour with furry green hair, moss, or mold growing on their flesh. The Jiang Shi also has pale, long white, messy hair atop their heads. They are said to have extremely long tongues and black, sharp fingernails, and they walk along with their arms outstretched.

The Jiang Shi may be distracted if small objects are thrown about, in which case, like most vampires, it will stop to count them. Also, they are blind, and if one holds their breath when it passes, they may remain unnoticed.
Modern Jiang Shi

Supposedly a 15cm piece of wood nailed to the width of the bottom of the door will stop a Jiang Shi from entering.

The Jiang Shi has many different names, such as Chiang Shi, Kang Shi and Geungsi.


The Qing Dynasty scholar Ji Xiaolan mentioned in his book Yuewei Caotang Biji (閱微草堂筆記) that the causes of a corpse being reanimated can be classified in either of two categories: a recently deceased person returning to life, or a corpse that has been buried for a long time but does not decompose. Some causes are described below:

  • The chemical composition of the burial ground is unsuitable for living organisms, so bacteria is not present to help in the decay process. The corpse's hair and nails appear to be growing and there are no evident signs of decomposition. If not dealt with, the corpse will eventually become a jiangshi over time. (In fact, a corpse's flesh will actually contract and withdraw, so hair and nails originally concealed under the flesh become more exposed, creating an illusion of "growing" hair and nails.)
  • The use of supernatural arts to resurrect the dead.
  • Spirit possession of a dead body.
  • A corpse absorbs sufficient yang qi to return to life.
  • A person's body is governed by three huns and seven pos. The Qing Dynasty scholar Yuan Mei wrote in his book Zi Bu Yu that "A person's hun is good but his po is evil, his hun is intelligent but his po is foolish". The hun leaves his body after death but his po remains and takes control of the body, so the dead person becomes a jiangshi.
  • The dead person is not buried even after a funeral has been held. The corpse comes to life after it is struck by a bolt of lightning, or when a pregnant cat (or a black cat in some tales) leaps across the coffin.
  • When a person's soul fails to leave the deceased's body, due to improper death, suicide, or just wanting to cause trouble.
  • A victim of premature burial.
  • A person injured by a jiangshi is infected with the "jiangshi virus" and gradually changes into a jiangshi over time, as seen in the Mr. Vampire films.


Generally, a jiangshi's appearance can range from unremarkable (as in the case of a recently deceased person) to horrifying (rotting flesh, rigor mortis, as with corpses that have been in a state of decay over a period of time). The Chinese character for "jiang" (僵) in "jiangshi" literally means "hard" or "stiff". It is believed that the jiangshi is so stiff that that it cannot bend its limbs and body, so it has to move around by hopping while keeping its arms stretched out for mobility. A peculiar feature is its greenish-white skin; one theory is that this is derived from fungus or mould growing on corpses. It is said to have long white hair all over its head and may behave like animals. The influence of western vampire stories brought the blood-sucking aspect to the Chinese myth in more modern times in combination with the concept of the hungry ghost, though traditionally they act more like western zombies.

Methods and items used to counter jiangshis

  • Mirrors: Li Shizhen's medical book Bencao Gangmu mentioned, "A mirror is the essence of liquid metal. It is dark on the external but bright inside." (鏡乃金水之精,內明外暗。) Jiangshis are also said to be terrified of their own reflections.
  • Items made of wood from a peach tree: The Jingchu Suishi Ji (荊楚歲時記) mentioned, "Peach is the essence of the Five Elements. It can subjugate evil auras and deter evil spirits." (桃者,五行之精,能厭服邪氣,制御百鬼。)
  • A rooster's call: Yuan Mei's book Zi Bu Yu mentioned, "Evil spirits withdraw when they hear a rooster's call" (鬼聞雞鳴即縮。).
  • Jujube seeds: Zi Bu Yu mentioned, "Nail seven jujube seeds into the acupuncture points on the back of a corpse." (棗核七枚,釘入屍脊背穴。)
  • Fire: Zi Bu Yu mentioned, "When set on fire, the sound of crackling flames, blood rushes forth and bones cry." (放火燒之,嘖嘖之聲,血湧骨鳴。)
  • Hoofs of a black donkey: Mentioned in Zhang Muye's fantasy novel Ghost Blows Out the Light
  • Vinegar: Mentioned by coroners in eastern Fujian
  • Ba gua sign
  • I Ching
  • Tong Shu
  • Glutinous rice, rice chaff
  • Azuki beans
  • Handbell
  • Thread stained with black ink
  • Blood of a black dog
  • Stonemason's awl
  • Axe
  • Broom

Origin stories

A supposed source of the jiangshi stories came from the folk practice of "transporting a corpse over a thousand li". The relatives of a person who died far away from home could not afford vehicles to have the deceased person's body transported home for burial, so they would hire a Taoist priest to conduct a ritual to reanimate the dead person and teach him/her to "hop" their way home. The priests would transport the corpses only at night and would ring bells to notify others in the vicinity of their presence because it was considered bad luck for a living person to set eyes upon a jiangshi. This practice, also called Xiangxi ganshi (literally "driving corpses in Xiangxi"), was popular in Xiangxi, where many people left their hometown to work elsewhere. After they died, their bodies were transported back to their hometown because it was believed that their souls would feel homesick if they were buried somewhere unfamiliar to them. The corpses would be arranged upright in single file and be tied to long bamboo rods on the sides, while two men (one at the front and one at the back) would carry the ends of the rods on their shoulders and walk. When the bamboo flexed up and down, the corpses appeared to be "hopping" in unison when viewed from a distance away.

Two oral accounts of transporting corpses are included in Liao Yiwu's The Corpse Walker. One account describes how corpses would be transported by a two-man team. One would carry the corpse on his back with a large robe covering both of them and a mourning mask on top. The other man would walk ahead with a lantern and warn his companion about obstacles ahead of him. The lantern was used as a visual guide for the corpse carrier to follow since they could not see with the robe covering them. It is speculated in the accounts in the book that corpses would be carried at night to avoid contact with people and the cooler air would be more suitable to transporting bodies.

Some speculate that the stories about jiangshi were originally made up by smugglers who disguised their illegal activities as corpse transportation and wanted to scare off law enforcement officers.

Shotgun vs Zombies: Game


Shotgun vs Zombies is a side scrolling shooting game on the Armor Games network. The goal of the game is to upgrade your shotgun and of course, kill all the zombies. As players progress though levels, more and more intricate zombies are introduced, such as; gunners, grenadiers, grim reapers, rocketeers and more. A level is completed when you've killed the required amount of zombies, and they spawn by dropping from the sky so "watch your head".


Considering I played till the end of the game, I would say it's a fun game. Simple in design but tricky like most zombies games because of the fact that zombies are powerful in numbers, especially when they have guns and syths. For a short online game, we have a winner here, worthy of trying.


There are a good range of upgrade features, as shown below, so you can customize your gun as you see fit, improving damage, health, accuracy, as well as the weapon component, introducing poison, freeze bullets and rockets/grenades.

Play Shotgun vs Zombies: Armor Games

Walt Disney's: Zombi

Walt Deathney's Zombi

Coming to theaters this summer, the sequel to the Bambi trilogy. After years of misery without a mother, innocent Bambi attempts to bring back it's dead mother using dark magic but unwittingly brings about the Zombie apocalypses.

Scarily Real Zombie Nail Art

Halloween Zombie Nail Art
Photo: Via Samarium's Swatches

If you're willing to get a little grisly with your costume and have some serious nail art skills to boot, we have JUST the thing for you—a zombie-fied manicure that'll definitely add an extra bit of edge to your back-from-the-dead ensemble. I mean, you don't even have to WAIT until Halloween to sport a seriously revolting mani. This manicure is all about getting as gruesome as possible—the bloodier, the better! Remember: You are a flesh-eating corpse, and your nails need to reflect that.

Halloween Zombie Nail Art
Photo: Via Pshiiit
Whew, this mani is only reserved for the oldest of zombies. The thick black tips and extra dark fingertips suggest this corpse has been rotting away for quite some time.

Halloween Zombie Nail Art
Photo: Via Addicted to Beauty
A little acrylic nails can go a lonnnggg way, as seen here. Crack those bad boys in half and glue them to your tips to make it look like you've been clawing your way through hoards of dead bodies all night. Extra kudos for not going easy on the fake blood.

Halloween Zombie Nail Art
Photo: Via Caitlin's Creative Corner
If you want to go for a more subtle zombie look, go for the dirty cuticle look. Caitlin painted her nails all black, and then took most of it off with polish remover. She's left with some seriously dirty digits.

Halloween Zombie Nail Art
Photo: Via More Nail Polish
Sometimes all it takes is some jagged tips to really transform the look. She took some falsies, roughed up the edges, glued 'em on, and dirtied up her fingers. Dead on!