Zombie Madness With Zombie T-Shirts May 7, 2012
This may be a totally false and biased statement, but I really feel that there has been little else to take hold of the world’s fascination quite like zombies. It wasn’t even a gradual transition, either. Every time some new and excellent source of zombie fiction emerges, it captivates the attention of the masses like little else can. The only thing that can compete with zombie mania are sparkling vampires and boy wizards, and neither of those really fit into the “horror” category, do they? With this huge love for the rotting dead, the sales of zombie t-shirts have blown through the roof.
Even though there were several movies about zombies before ’68, George Romero’s “Night Of The Living Dead” is the film that really catapulted zombies into the imagination of a nation. Yes, it was very much a cult hit…but the fans of the movie were stalwart and devoted. They were guys like me, who wore their NotLD zombie t-shirts until they were covered in holes.
Romero’s take on such a previously underused horror genre continued well into the 80′s. This expanded his career to the point where anyone who thinks or says the word “zombie”, Romero’s work is immediately summoned to mind. Many others attempted to create their own spin on the this horror genre, but they always came up short to the master. It was the immense popularity of these films amongst young film fans that laid the base for zombies to break into the mainstream later. It wasn’t long before being seen in Romero zombie t-shirts started being cool instead of creepy.
It wasn’t until the late 90′s that zombies really became a mainstream attraction. This is when Romero’s classic “Dawn of the Dead” was remade for modern audiences. The zombies were changed from slow-moving shamblers to fast-moving ceiling-crawlers. While this certainly made some old-school fans upset, it made zombies truly exciting for new fans. Overnight, people started buying zombie t-shirts and eating anything up that had anything remotely to do with zombies. There are even zombie plush toys now.
Just a little over ten years later, zombies are getting pumped full of (un)life once again. Max Brooks and Robert Kirkman have both given the genre another shot in the arm by writing some truly inspirational pieces of fiction, Brooks with the novel “World War Z” and Kirkman with his monthly comic book called “The Walking Dead.” Both of these works of fiction are getting the Hollywood treatment. “The Walking Dead” has just begun its second season as a hit television show. “World War Z” has already begun production as a Hollywood blockbuster staring Brad Pitt. Guess who has zombie t-shirts from both of these awesome franchises?