Where Did Walkers Come From? The Works That Made The Walking Dead

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in doomsday, Survival

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AMC’s The Walking Dead has become a cultural phenomenon, a standout in a decade dominated by zombie fiction, which honestly comes as no surprise considering its depiction of strong multidimensional characters. Now, much to everyone’s excitement, a companion series, Fear the Walking Dead has just premiered through multiple providers, such as DirecTV and Dish, and is hungry for our brains – and viewership. Our obsession with zombies may seem like a recent trend, but it’s been building ever since the debut of George Romero’s seminal film Night of the Living Dead in 1968.

 

Many may not realize this but the undead didn’t become the undead through viruses or failed experiments at first. Zombies have their origins in Haitian voodoo folklore, as corpses reanimated by black magic, and made their film debut in the 1932 Bela Lugosi vehicle White Zombie as thralls to an evil sorcerer. Night of the Living Dead changed the conception of zombies to harbingers of the apocalypse, and was seen by many as a commentary on the brutal carnage of the Vietnam War, as well as an America in conflict with itself. In subsequent films, Romero used zombies to explore social themes like consumerism, slavery and exploitation. His work inspired countless other directors, including such notables as Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, and Lucio Fulci.

 

Since Romero’s positioning of the zombie as an unexplained and mindless occurrence, filmmakers have used it as a sort of blank slate for satire and thematic exploration. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later took a closer look at a culture obsessed with violence in the post 9/11 world. Edgar Wright’s hilarious Shaun of the Dead drew telling comparisons between the walking dead and the masses stuck in repetitive and banal working lives because, let’s face it. Many of us are mindless zombies in our own offices. Romero has continued his work in the genre, using Land of the Dead as a commentary on class and income disparity, and Diary of the Dead as an examination of the craze over viral videos on the Internet as well as our obsession with the Internet itself.

 

One of the reasons the genre continues to generate popular content is its potential for creating conflicts among survivors. During a zombie apocalypse, teamwork among the living is crucial to survival, and those with certain skills and personality types tend to fare better. The most chilling aspects of stories like The Walking Dead are not the horrors perpetrated by the zombies themselves, but the atrocities committed by desperate humans in the name of self preservation, including cannibalism, rape, and unprovoked murder. The response by government and military organizations in the face of a zombie outbreak is often depicted as weak, slow, or even ineffectual, reflecting our fears about the inherent failings in the institutions we trust to protect us and figure out the next steps.

 

Modern works take the concept even further, into the realms of comedy and action. The wildly successful Zombieland uses clever dialogue and sharply drawn characters to bring a great deal of humor to an otherwise morbid concept. An example of action-packed zombie films is the thriller World War Z, which introduces the terrifying idea of zombies who think and act very quickly, and collaborate to achieve their goals.

 

There has been a rapid escalation of violent content in all creative media recently. Fifteen years ago, shows like The Walking Dead and Hannibal (both of which you can catch on demand via Vudu and DirecTV offers) would have been far too gory and disturbing for broadcast television; now they are the norm and for some sick, twisted reason, we love it! The surging popularity of zombie fiction has lined up perfectly with our new-found thirst for blood. Related works like The Zombie Survival Guide and the survival horror game H1Z1 allow us to drop ourselves into the zombie apocalypse and test our survival instincts and skills or lack thereof.

 

While it seems unlikely that the current high output rate of zombie fiction will continue for much longer as many themes and stories have been played out already, we certainly haven’t seen the last of it. Set at the very start of the outbreak, Fear the Walking Dead promises to be an emotional and wrenching experience. As long as creative minds find new ways to make use of them, these shambling, lurching corpses will be terrorizing audiences for years to come.

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Signs of Doomsday that have come true

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in doomsday, Uncategorized

Signs of Doomsday that have come true

In the 2012 a very popular story about Mayan calendar has become actual again – the prophecy about the end of the world, the greatest catastrophe that can wipe down the humanity. People don’t have the possibility to predict the future and they cannot know when will come to the end of the world as we know it today. However, this does not make the story any less popular. It is interesting, however, that even in the most represented religions in our world – Christianity and Islam, say that the end is very close!

It is interesting that some of these signs actually came true!

Serious businessmenIn The Bible, we have among other things, speech about last days: people will become envious, hateful, selfish, they will not respect their parents, they will be money loving, pleasure enjoying etc.

Many will agree that this is a fairly good description of the world we live in today.

The spread of immorality

You could say that we witness once sign more, given the huge rise in immoral behavior. Sexuality has become widely open and people are freely discussing their choices and pleasures, instead of keeping them behind closed doors.

On the other hand, according to the Christian belief, the signs of Resurrection Day will involve astronomical nature, but also a variety of natural disasters, which are really all over. It’s an interesting fact that in spite of the increase of bad behavior, the God’s word will be spread throughout the world – and this is still the case today.

In Islam, a direct sign of the end of the world is that men will meet men and women will meet women – which of course we are witnessing today.

Tony Chiaro, left, and Earnie Matheson, right, exchange rings in the first same sex marriage performed in Pulaski County following a ruling by the US Supreme Court that struck down bans on same sex marriage nation wide, Friday, June 26, 2015 in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Brian Chilson)

Time will also pass quickly – but doesn’t that remind us all that this is the case?! Christianity and Islam leave no doubt that the judgment day is near:
The Bible predicts about the last days and in the Old Testament (e.g. By Daniel the prophet) and in the New
Testament, a detailed description of the last days was given in John in his Revelation.

It is said that we would not know when the Son of God would come, we would have to wait for his return, but when he came to the Earth again, he would be judging everyone and no one would be spared.

resurrected-christ-wilson-ong-212048-wallpaperWe all know that we must one day die and through this death we leave this world. The Lord Jesus promises to those who believe, through death – which is called the first death – leaving without judgment to eternal life with him. Those who do not believe, go through the second death, and it is eternal separation from God, eternal ruin. Therefore, according to the Bible, there is a first resurrection, when the resurrected believers go to eternal life, and the second resurrection, when the resurrected unbelievers go to eternal perdition. That’s why in the Bible it’s said that blessed is the one who is the part in the first resurrection.

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