When I started doing reviews for the ZRC, I printed out our Zombie Movie List and began renting. Now and again I’d run into a film that was debatable whether it was actually a zombie movie or not. I’d call Nate and invariably the question “where do you draw the line?” would come up. We at the ZRC would like to bring that debate to you, our readers. Where do we draw the line on what is and what is not a zombie movie? Every Monday we’ll post a new movie to be debated by our readers and ask the question: Zombie Movie Or Not? Every Sunday we’ll post our findings and possibly strike that movie off our Zombie Movie List. The week should give you enough time to rent the movie if need be or if you desire.
What every reader must keep in mind is that there are two basic types of zombie that every zombie movie based off of – the Voodoo Zombie and the Romero Zombie. The Voodoo zombie, while not always raised by Voodoo necessarily, is basically a person, either undead or entranced, that is controlled by a person or entity for the purpose of completing tasks, often killing. Romero Zombies are basically mindless, flesh-eating undead whose bite will turn victims into zombies. Now, not all movies adhere to all of these rules, but if the basics are there, you got a zombie movie.
For the first week I figured we’d start with an easy one to get people in the mood: Frankenstein. There have been many movie adaptations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and I don’t see why we can’t be talking about all of them right here.
IS: Frankenstein’s monster is an automaton raised form the dead to do Dr. Frankenstein’s bidding, like a Voodoo Zombie. While not a flesh eating zombie, he’s still a killer and falls just inside the realm of zombiedom.
IS NOT: Frankenstein’s monster is raised from the dead after being spliced together from parts of other human beings. While raised form the dead, he’s hardly undead as he is still mortal in every way.
Now it’s up to you, reader. What do you think? Frankenstein: Zombie Movie Or Not?