Horror legend, Stephen King, famously observed that zombies are popular in worry-free times, and vampires are popular in times of hardship. We don’t know about vampires, but his assessment of zombies is dead wrong.
The modern zombie was born in 1968 with George Romero’s classic, Night of the Living Dead. At the time the United States was bogged down in a wildly unpopular war in Vietnam, and social unrest was common. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead came out ten years later, at the beginning of the Reagan-era recession.
“Zombies are the new vampire.”
Today we live in constant fear of terrorist attacks, environmental disaster, and economic meltdown. In these uncertain times, zombies have never been more popular.
In fact, since the global crisis of the past several years began the declaration that zombies are the new vampire has been made by Time Magazine (April, 2009), Newsweek (October, 2009), and The Hollywood Reporter (September 2010) to name a few.
Things just seem to keep getting worse, and zombies just keep getting hotter. Sorry, Stephen!