Zombies, vampires and werewolves

Messed with this a bit more today. Mostly with the eyes, and punched up the orange in his complexion.

My hubby and I had a great discussion today about zombies, vampires and werewolves. I had pegged down that zombies are the decay of the body, while vampires are the decay of the soul. But my hubby pointed out that werewolves are the decay of the mind, because you go all crazy and feral when you turn into one.

Then we discussed how werewolves and vampires are becoming “tame” now. You have friendly, remorseful vampires seeking redemption. (Of course, even in Twilight, the bad vampires are still really bad.) Werewolves have stopped being Monsters of the Night and have become friendly pack animals with family hierarchy, because we know more about wolves than we used to.

(And wolves don’t hunt down and eat people in sleighs anymore.)

Zombies, though. There aren’t any friendly zombies. In fact, zombie apocalypse has become such a cultural thing, we have counties in Florida with their own zombie plan.

Isn’t it interesting that in a culture obsessed with physical beauty and staying young, our cultural horror is about the decay and rot of that same body?


4 thoughts on “Zombies, vampires and werewolves

  1. You always amaze me at how deep you can get. I think the whole thing looking at decay, and how each is a portion of man. Sin is at the core and each has it’s own look.
    Really I am going to be pondering this,
    So what do you think about Grimm? Are we all just harboring those tendencies. Are we all looking for redemption?


  2. I don’t know about Grimm so much. Grimm is a lot more specialized, “us vs. them” sort of deal. That delicious idea of magical creatures living in hiding, a la Harry Potter or Spiderwick or Fablehaven. You just don’t notice them usually.


  3. Clearly, you have not played Plants vs. Zombies. They’re not exactly friendly zombies at first but… Well… To say anymore would give away the ending, so I’ll be quiet. =F

    The decay theory is an interesting idea to explore… But I wanted to say that I feel it’s not so much that the monsters are becoming ‘tame’, they’re just becoming ‘more human’. Seems like nobody used to spend much time acknowledging that all of these types of monsters have their roots in humanity. Zombies, werewolves and vampires were often, at some point, normal everyday people. And whatever had to happen to transform them is typically the result of tragic events caused by other people – who are, if defined by their behaviour, monsters in their own right more often than not. So the message is not just that ‘vampires, werewolves and zombies are capable of non-monsterous personalities and generally being likeable’ but also that people overall are their own worst problems. I think maybe society as a whole has become more comfortable with seeing itself examined in this way. *shrugs*


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