Since George Romero first introduced the modern zombie in 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, pop culture depictions of the undead have continued to evolve and change with the times. And no zombie iteration has ever caused such heated debate as Danny Boyle’s running hordes in 28 Days Later. It’s success led to the inclusion of fast zombies in the remake of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead in 2004.
Most zombie fans have a strong opinion about whether zombies should be fast or slow. But when the dead actually do rise, will they be shambling like Romero, or sprinting like Boyle?
Our answer is: We’ll never know and it doesn’t really matter.
New theories about zombie physiology are developed every day, but the fact remains that until a zombie shows up at your front door, there is no way to definitively determine how much of its former human potential it will be utilizing. However, we do know that other people will pose a very real threat in a zombie catastrophe. And we know that people can be fast, smart and deadly.
In developing your zombie survival strategy, think in terms of a human aggressor. Any zombie defense plan that doesn’t stack up to this test is worthless, as the first group of desperate survivors to cross your path will simply rob you of everything you have and leave you to die.
So stop asking yourself if you think zombies will be slow or fast, and start asking how you’re going to keep from being killed by your neighbor when the water runs out and his kids are dying of thirst.