Monday, April 15, 2013

The Sensitive Zombie -- Have our Zombies Gone Soft?

I'm pretty sure "Warm Bodies" didn't trigger the entrance of the sensitive zombie, but we've noticed a whole slew of this oxymoron beginning to crop up since that movie came out.

Zombies have been on top of the pop culture heap for quite a while now; even, some might argue,  supplanting vampires as the go-to creature of choice to anthropomorphize the horror we see in society and the world today.  That being said, zombie culture as social commentary is, by no means, new.

So, after being demonized for so long, it's refreshing to see a softer, more sensitive beastie shuffling our way. Maybe we'll stop looking at the undead with so much derision, and least of all, pity.  Perhaps  we'll see them with sympathetic and even empathetic eyes instead.

Does that of course, bring sympathy for the devil, and is that a good thing?  Perhaps the genre is maturing.  As we all know, nothing should be truly black and white.  Unless it's the original "Night of the Living Dead."

Let the heart-string yanking begin...


CARGO - Tropfest Australia 2013 Finalist (TSI "Balloon") (TSI = Tropfest Signature Item proving the film has been made specifically for the festival.)

Published on Feb 17, 2013

Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect the precious cargo he carries: his infant daughter.



Uploaded on Oct 13, 2011

A short film by Chris Russell & the ZIAPS Team
Music: 'Mara's Lullaby' by Marc Mellits. Performed by Real Quiet
End Credit music: 'Spiegel im Spiegel' by Arvo Part

See also "Trott the Zombie"


  1. Probably the best "sensitive zombie" film to date, IMO, would be "Fido".

  2. Brilliant film too. "Did Timmy fall down the well?"