We often see zombies make some kind of snarling or growling noise as they attack their victims. However, I do not see this happening if zombies were real. In order to make noise, you have to be breathing, which is not possible since zombies are dead. Therefore, it would make sense for zombies to not make noise of any kind. The one exception would be the snapping and cracking their joints would make due to the effects of rigor mortis.
In terms of movement, there are two types of zombies: ones that move slow and those that move fast. For the longest time, I wondered which type would be more scientifically plausible if zombies existed. Because zombies are dead, they cannot produce fatigue toxins that would tire them, which gives them limitless stamina. If zombies moved fast, they could literally run forever and tire their prey out, which adds to the suspense to the story. On the other hand, the slow zombies seem more likely because since they are dead, their bodies are rotting as they move and rigor mortis would make their joints and muscles extremely stiff, which would hinder their movements. What do you think? What is more frightening? A fast zombie or a slow zombie? I will be tinkering with this question as I brainstorm my zombie apocalypse story.
While brainstorming for a future zombie apocalypse story, I searched for ways to make my zombies seem scientifically plausible. The zombie condition is often depicted as being the product of a virus, a curse, or something else that cannot be explained by science. However, what if it does not require a virus to become a zombie? As it turns out, there are many forms of parasites and fungus that take over the bodies of insects and turns them into zombie-like creatures. Also, what if there were versions of these parasites/fungus that can infect humans? I will be tinkering with this idea as I continue to brainstorm. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
Demonic possession has lately been a common theme in storytelling and filmmaking. Series that featured demonic possession ranged from The Exorcist, The Evil Dead, and The Conjuring among countless others. For my spin-off fantasy trilogy, I am thinking of featuring a form of demonic possession. An ancient evil that has been sleeping for thousands of years will awaken in the mountains in the northeast. All who become exposed to its blood become possessed by its unholy evil. These possessed people will form a dark army that will destroy the world of humanity. This will present a form of horror to the story as a savage darkness sweeps across the Empire like an incurable pestilence.
One of the most iconic aspects of werewolves is when they transform from human to beast. When I was a little kid, I was obsessed with this part of being a werewolf and even tried it myself, which did not sit well with my mother. I like it when a werewolf’s muscle fibers, bones, sinews, and joints crack and contort as they rearranged themselves into something new. Their innards would burn and expand as they twist and churn into new shapes. When the sun comes back up and the werewolf turns back into a human, they undergo the same painful and grotesque mutation. All of this would leave the werewolf drained, exhausted, and sore from head to toe from transforming twice in one night. I also see a sense of symbolism when a werewolf’s clothes are torn off during their transformation. The reason why it is symbolic is because their clothing represents a part of their human self being ripped away as they turn into beasts. I have my own idea of the werewolf transformation for my new idea and it is pretty messed up.
Last night, I thought of an idea for a werewolf story. I even came up with a few twists to original werewolf legend. For example, the curse of the werewolf was traditionally transmitted through bites like rabies. With my idea, the werewolf curse will act more like an STD instead of rabies. Also, we often see films and stories in which there are usually one or two werewolves. A wolf’s greatest strength is not their teeth or claws or speed, it is the pack. With this in mind, my story will portray the formation of a pack of werewolves and how they adapt to the modern world. In terms of mentality, they would have something similar to dual personalities always at odds with each other, one personality being their usual human side and the other personality being the beast in them. The humans in these werewolves will be trying to fit in to society as best they can, but the beasts in them will only view humans as either livestock or mates. In addition, the human side of these werewolves will constantly be haunted by the faces of those they either kill or turn, which creates a sense of inner conflict. Overall, this story will have themes I do not normally explore, which will give me new territory to investigate. I will keep you updated when I get started.
I watched the film Overlord tonight and I developed an analysis on the creatures in the film. Ever since I saw the first trailer, I was curious about the exact nature of the creatures the Nazis were breeding for war. After seeing the film in its entirety, I have reached the following conclusion. Calling these creatures “zombies” is far too simple a word to describe them. It would be fair to say that they were a mixture of zombies, mutants, and super-soldiers. They are zombies because they are created from the dead and they are mutants because their flesh twists and deforms in unnatural ways. As super-soldiers, these beasts are inhumanly strong, fast, and are immune to all forms of physical pain and injury. All of these abilities made these abominations well suited for combat because they can’t die and can overpower any normal soldier. However, when these creatures are created from the dead, they are mindless and uncontrollable. When they are created from the living, these creatures seem able to control themselves to a certain degree and their minds are mostly intact. From a spiritual perspective, when the soul has left the body, there is nothing controlling the body except pure instinct. It would be like a runaway car without a driver at the wheel. However, if these beasts are made from the living and the soul is still in the body, then the body is more controllable with the exception of a few defects in the steering. Overall, these undead, mutated, soldiers would symbolize the Captain America super-soldier program going horribly wrong.