It seems like the world is so obsessed with zombies these days. Everyone keeps making films, television shows, and video games about it. Heck, I even hear that people are dying to have a zombie apocalypse happen. Me? Not in a million years. Ever since my father made me watch Night of the Living Dead as a kid, the thought of zombies could give me nightmares for weeks.
The whole idea of being eaten alive just unnerves me to the very core. At least with cannibals, there’s a chance they’ll kill you before chow time. If those slow zombies from Night of the Living Dead didn’t scare me enough, we now have a plethora of other zombies thanks to the horror geniuses from Hollywood and game developers. Here’s a list of zombie types throughout popular culture that I find most terrifying. How about you? Which do you find terrifying? If I didn’t mention it, let us know in the comments because we all need one more reason to leave the night light open during bedtime.
Note: I know some people are sensitive to the term ‘zombies,’ but I’ll be using it as a general term throughout the article.
1. Fast Zombies
This is one reason you shouldn’t let yourself go. You’ve got to keep your cardio up because one day it’s going to haunt you when the dead start running after you. 28 Days Later and the Dawn of the Dead remake are great examples of films that featured fast zombies. In this type of scenario, it’s impossible to maneuver or quickly run your way through a group of zombies because they’ll grab you as you go in. Imagine if Usain Bolt turns into a zombie and he sees you. There’s no point in running now because you’ll be dead.
One of the highlights of playing Left 4 Dead multiplayer with my friends would have to be an encounter with the Witch. Most if not all the time, you’d rather avoid her instead of trying to kill her. My friends and I always freak out when one of us disturbs her by accident because all hell breaks loose. Funny thing is, hearing her cry is creepy enough and it makes us extremely nervous not to stumble by one.
3. The Living Dead
One of the creepy things about The Walking Dead is the whole idea where anyone who dies turns into a zombie regardless if they were bitten or not. If you played Tell Tale’s game, one of the characters tells a story about how they found out that bites only accelerated the process. Ben was with a group of students and teachers if I’m not mistaken. They were safe, but not until someone committed suicide without anyone knowing and there was chaos. Similarly, that town in Savannah didn’t have children, old, or sick people for that reason. Despite their efforts, it only took one dead person to take their community down. I personally find it so terrifying because no one is safe. Everyone has the virus. Anyone can die of natural causes with no warning. If I was in that scenario, I would be watching anyone who is sick or old like a hawk. I don’t think I would be able to sleep.
I previously wrote an article about the PS exclusive Forbidden Siren and I raved about how downright creepy it was. Shibitos might not be the type of zombies who mindlessly eat you, they differ in various ways. If I’m not mistaken, they are essentially dead but they do retain their memories or their past consciousness but don’t count on that from saving you. It only makes them scarier because it humanizes them instead of making them mindless dummies. They never die, so the best thing you can do is knock them out and just escape the vicinity. One of the creepiest moments in the game was the part where I was hiding inside a closet and the shibito would laugh from time to time while he was trying to find me. That laugh gave me chills.
If zombies can’t see you, then everything should be fine right? No, it’s not. In the video game The Last of Us, we are introduced to a type of ‘zombie’ or infected caused by fungus. During the later stages of the infection, the fungus eventually grows out of the hosts’ skull as it tries to take over the entire body. Most of the time it takes away their ability to see. However, some of them gain heightened hearing to compensate for that. I remember having to take breaks whenever I came across a level with lots of roaming Clickers. You would have to sneak very, very well to walk past them. There was a time when I tried to do that but one Clicker bumped into me. That ended everything especially when all the others in the area were aware of my presence. Their appearance is nothing short of nightmares as well. If I was stuck in a room with Clickers, a klutz like me would be dead in a heartbeat.