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Are Zombies Afraid Of

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Brent Mccoy
• Monday, 14 December, 2020
• 8 min read

It was not until the release of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 1968 that the tsunami of zombie-centric entertainment that continues to wash over us was ignited. Zombies have been celebrated in Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, and The Walking Dead (currently in its ninth season) remains one of television’s most popular shows.

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The short version of what I have found is that it is an ambiguity about whether we have something to fear from a person or a place that makes us uncomfortable because the uncertainty leaves us at a loss for knowing how to respond. However, philosopher David Livingstone Smith believes that the potential for danger is not always necessary for something to appear creepy.

He proposed a “Categorical Ambiguity Thesis” to explain how we can be creeped-out by something that almost certainly poses no real threat to us. The Uncanny Valley is well known in the field of aesthetics, and it was pioneered by Mahavira More, a Japanese Professor of robotics.

Things that reach this level of proximity to humanness often prompt feelings of revulsion rather than attraction. The fact that mannequins, ventriloquist dummies, and creepy life-like dolls frequently show up in horror films is no accident.

On top of that, their “almost human” quality creates a sense of revulsion and dread, so they both creep us out and terrify us at the same time! The year 2020 has been filled with lots of uncertainty and fear as the country faces a global pandemic and an upcoming presidential election.

But it seems that nothing triggers fear quite like the month of October as people anticipate Halloween and the spookiness it conjures. (Photo: Getty Images) “Halloween, by nature of the colors used and the themes behind it, heightens everyone’s fears.

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“Halloween specifically focuses on the element of surprise, which automatically activates our sense that we are in danger. It helps us to determine when there is a threat and if we need to activate ourselves toward safety or if things are safe and OK,” she explains.

Although there’s a specific set of things that seem to cause that type of reaction around Halloween time, like zombies and ghosts, a Chapman University study examining America’s Top Fears of 2019 suggests that these spooky things plague people year-round. Just over a quarter of Americans are afraid of spider-like insects and reptiles, according to the study, putting them on the list just below kidnapping and above murder by someone you know.

As the years went on, the very uncertainty that zombies represented evolved from anxieties around World War II to those in response to the civil rights movement and even the fear of mass contagion that consumed the minds of Americans through the threats of Ebola, AIDS and SARS. Today, fears about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and economic instability can be related back to conversations about a possible zombie apocalypse.

Psychologist RAM Nader even suggests that the makeup worn by clowns aids that uncertainty as it disguises “true identities and feelings,” according to The Conversation. Frank T. McAndrews, a social psychologist and Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College suggests in the same article that “inherent ambiguity” of clowns is what makes them scary.

The modern image of the zombie draws from a multitude of sources including West African voodoo lore and more generalized ideas of the undead. It is considered a form of black magic and is performed by a boor, or sorcerer, rather than a voodoo priest or priestess.

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Some remote tribes are believed to practice an offshoot of voodoo in which zombies play a larger role. In some traditions, the victim's soul is retained in a bottle kept by the boor, which may be sold as a good luck charm.

It is generally believed that the soul is eventually reclaimed by God, at which point the victim will find peace. Reports of this type of zombie continue to surface today, particularly among remote Haitian peoples.

When used in combination, these drugs could induce paralysis followed by a psychotic reaction that dulls effect and memory, making the victim pliable and subject to control. There are some stories of a combined person coming to his or her senses when surrounded by people and objects that, in life, held a strong emotional bond.

Long before the term “zombie” was popularized in the 1920s, numerous cultures worldwide had myths and lore involving the undead. Common motivations include a thirst for vengeance or a strong emotional tie to a person or situation.

Rather than a mindless corpse reanimated by a sorcerer, the monster is constructed from a myriad of body parts by a scientist who then rejects him. Alone and afraid, the monster demonstrates the very human emotions of humiliation, anger, and vengeance, as well as love, joy, and hope.

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The idea of a zombie as the creation of a mad scientist rather than a sorcerer proved popular, with numerous novels following a similar path. In 1954, the novel I Am Legend (adapted in 2007 as a film by the same name) set the stage for the zombie apocalypse, turning Los Angeles into a ghost town overrun with ghoulish victims of a plague.

But virtually every modern Hollywood film uses concepts introduced in the 1968 low-budget classic, Night of the Living Dead. That film established the modern zombie as a semi-intelligent former human who has fallen victim to an unknown virus.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has even gotten in on the act, publishing a website with directions on how to proceed in the event of a zombie apocalypse as a way to educate on all hazards preparedness. The year 2020 has been filled with lots of uncertainty and fear as the country faces a global pandemic and an upcoming presidential election.

But it seems that nothing triggers fear quite like the month of October as people anticipate Halloween and the spookiness it conjures. (Photo: Getty Images) “Halloween, by nature of the colors used and the themes behind it, heightens everyone’s fears.

“Halloween specifically focuses on the element of surprise, which automatically activates our sense that we are in danger. It helps us to determine when there is a threat and if we need to activate ourselves toward safety or if things are safe and OK,” she explains.

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Although there’s a specific set of things that seem to cause that type of reaction around Halloween time, like zombies and ghosts, a Chapman University study examining America’s Top Fears of 2019 suggests that these spooky things plague people year-round. Just over a quarter of Americans are afraid of spider-like insects and reptiles, according to the study, putting them on the list just below kidnapping and above murder by someone you know.

As the years went on, the very uncertainty that zombies represented evolved from anxieties around World War II to those in response to the civil rights movement and even the fear of mass contagion that consumed the minds of Americans through the threats of Ebola, AIDS and SARS. Today, fears about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and economic instability can be related back to conversations about a possible zombie apocalypse.

Psychologist RAM Nader even suggests that the makeup worn by clowns aids that uncertainty as it disguises “true identities and feelings,” according to The Conversation. Frank T. McAndrews, a social psychologist and Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College suggests in the same article that “inherent ambiguity” of clowns is what makes them scary.

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