Contributing author Alfredo Torres is an adjunct professor of communications at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he wrote his master’s thesis on the metaphoric representation of zombies in the films of George Romero.
How pop culture will get us all killed. (Part 1)
I love the zombie genre! I love the action, the suspense and the interaction between survivors. There is nothing about the zombie genre that I don’t like, except… the content of the zombie genre. Let me explain. You see, the problem with zombie movies is that they provide us with an incredible horror which, as you know, the Zombie Research Society is hellbent on proving can exist. But then they go and give us nothing but bad examples on what to do to survive them. Let’s look at one of the most obvious examples; the chainsaw.
Ever since Ash decided that a chainsaw hand would be the best defense against the deadites, the chainsaw has become one of those go-to weapons that zombie lovers want to have when Z-day finally goes down. Yet it is one of the worst things that you could possibly arm yourself with in order to get rid of your zombie foes.
A. It can be difficult to start. How many times have you seen the hero of a movie have difficulty starting a chainsaw? He pulls and pulls, hoping to get it running while the undead get closer and closer to dinner.
B. It’s noisy. I have yet to hear of a silent chainsaw. We all know that the more noise you make killing zombies, the more zombies you have to kill.
C. It requires something to keep it running. Gas or electricity, you need something to power it… which will undoubtedly run out when you need it the most.
D. It’s messy. All of those zombie pieces are bound to jam up your chainsaw, assuming that the blood and guts don’t get in your mouth, eyes or some other place that will eventually release the virus into your bloodstream.
If you enjoy zombies in any form, just remember that in pop culture the point is to entertain, not survive. Do not get all of your tips from the movies or video games!