“Zombies don’t run, they can’t! Their ankles would snap.”
That was George Romero, father of modern zombie film’s, response to the latest Hollywood craze of having our favorite shambling friends be marathon runners.
Movies like 28 Days Later, which is not technically a zombie film (more on that later), portray diseased, blood thirsty creatures chasing and infecting scads of people in what appears to be a classic instance of the Zombie Apocalypse. The reality is that while these events are horrifying, we should not blame zombies for them.
The 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, a film originally created by Romero (the remake was not directed by him) also features fast, agile and highly aggressive zombies overwhelming humanity with speed and cunning instead of sheer numbers. The creatures in this film were, in fact, zombies but Romero would argue that the concept of running zombies doesn’t make sense,
“What did they do – wake from the dead and immediately join a health club? I don’t get it.”
If you see what you believe to be a zombie and it is running – chances are good that it is not a zombie, and is in fact a human being that has been infected by a horrible, rabies-like virus which has removed his sense of reason and given him a taste for flesh.
While you should take a moment to be glad that the Zombie Apocalypse is not upon you, you should still run away . . . quickly.