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Where do Zombies come from?

October 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The concept of the zombie was first introduced in the 1929 book, The Magic Island. In 1932, the movie White Zombie used the same voodoo zombie themes and became known as the first legitimate zombie film. Other movies based on zombie-themed books include I Walked With a Zombie and The Serpent and the Rainbow.

A more modern zombie concept, different from the one inspired by the Haitian religion unlike the first, emerged in popular culture in recent decades primarily inspired by the book, I am Legend. The movie The Night of the Living Dead is the first of its kind featuring this new kind of zombie and it lends a highly popular theme to our horror movie t-shirts. The monsters in the film and its sequels, such as Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead and Zombi 2, are usually hungry for human flesh although Return of the Living Dead introduced the popular concept of zombies eating brains. There is usally no explanation to what makes these dead bodies reanimate. They usually come out looking for human flesh or brains. Although this modern version resemble the original concept based on the Haitian tradition, many consider George Romero to be the progenitor of the concept. Zombie fiction is now a a cornerstone of the horror genre.

There are many t-shirts from zombie-themed movies at our site teesnthings.com.  We also recently loaded up on new halloween designs. Here is our most popular:

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