Simon Pegg is the writer and star of 2003’s hit British zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and a vocal advocate for the slow, shambling zombie over its faster counterpart seen in many recent movies. In a 2008 opinion piece published in the UK national newspaper The Guardian, Pegg strongly argues against sprinting zombies:
“A biological agent, I’ll buy. Some sort of super-virus? Sure, why not. But death? Death is a disability, not a superpower. It’s hard to run with a cold, let alone the most debilitating malady of them all.”
Ironically, Pegg himself may have played a pivotal role in the rise of the fast zombie in cinema by poking fun at how easy their slower cousins are to avoid and annihilate in Shaun of the Dead. Director Zack Snyder said that he chose to make his ghouls run in the Dawn of the Dead remake, released one year after Shaun, not because of the infected in 28 Days Late,r but because it’s not so easy to make fun of a faster ghoul.
Furthermore, the film adaptation of Max Brooks’ epic zombie novel World War Z set to be released in June of 2013 will reportedly break from the source material and feature fast zombies.
No doubt slow zombies will always have their place in literature, and even on television as AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead continues to prove with each record breaking episode. But will they ever be seen on the big screen again outside of the comedy realm?
With a public that is more zombie aware than ever before, are slow, shambling zombies scary enough to get the job done in the condense, ninety minute film format? Only time will tell.