So I've been Twittering like a bitch lately.
Someone (Neil Gaiman
or William Gibson
- forget who) asked why zombies had become so common recently in film & fiction.
My answer was this:
Zombies represent an innate fear of overpopulation.
Which of course is a Twitter answer.
To E X P A N D ...
The zombie represents mindless servitude when singular, in most cases. But zombie plagues represent a fear that the world is incapable of sustaining itself, specifically the human population. The numbers grow daily, the resources deplete. What recourse but cannibalism.
More interestingly, and perhaps something that Charlie Brooker put his finger on with Dead Set
(which I wasn't particularly enchanted by) is the fear that the world is slowly being filled with mindless hordes, all with only one thing on their minds: to consume.
Dawn of The Dead