A Real Zombieland
The zombie craze continues to grow worldwide. Over the past few years, people have become more and more obsessed with zombies. Their increased presence in movies, television and video games might be one cause of this phenomenon, but in a recent BBC article, consumer critics say they believe it may be linked to economic austerity or a critique of consumerism. Movies such as 28 Days Later, Zombieland and Dawn of The Dead, as well as the AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead, have given an alternate perspective on zombies. Personally, I think it’s just fun. Who doesn’t like to dress up like the walking dead and wander around?
On Saturday November 26, 2011, nearly 10,000 people paraded through the streets of Mexico City dressed up like ghoulish creatures in what was the world’s largest zombie walk. Previously a walk in Asbury Park, NJ in October of 2010 held the Guiness Book of World Records. Last month Brisbane, Australia beat that record with 8,000 “walkers” and this month Mexico City takes the lead. Many people walked the parade in honor of “Day of the Dead,” a national holiday to remember family members who have died, and also because brutal killings take place each day in Mexico.
So what’s all the hype about? I’m not sure exactly, but it continues to spread like crazy worldwide. I know for sure that it is a result of consumerism. With the zombie craze taking over our televisions, movie theaters and game consoles, it is to be expected. Last year while traveling through Europe, I stopped in Madrid for the Halloween weekend. I met up with a few travel buddies of mine to get ready for the night ahead of us, and while looking for costumes, a fellow Spanish friend looked at us and said, “No, no, no, it’s all about the Zombies here.” Instead of buying costumes we painted our faces, ripped our clothing and walked the streets like the living dead (for some of us literally).