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Zombies Cannot, And Will Not, Be Stopped

Guest Post

In case you haven’t been paying attention, zombies are pretty much everywhere. In fact, they’re so widespread in the entertainment portion of our culture that one famous actor even thinks we’re on the brink of an epidemic. In an interview with the HuffingtonPost.com, living legend Morgan Freeman said that he believes “[we] may already be in the midst of a growing zombie apocalypse.” Fair enough. He also said that we have all become so obsessed with these undead creatures because of “our desire for immortality.” He may have a point there, though it’s one more existential than simply stating what may be the obvious at this point: zombies cannot, and will not, be stopped.

Seriously, let’s take a quick look back at the television side of things, where these brain-noshing jerks have invaded a number of networks. The most prominent and well-known example, of course, is The Walking Dead, the acclaimed series that centers on survivors making their way through a zombie apocalypse. That’s an obvious example, though, and one that neglects to mention, say, Castle‘s run in with these particular monsters. They also showed up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which Katie Hart discussed in an article on the episode “Dead Man’s Party” a few years back.

The zombies outbreak goes well beyond the small screen. In terms of feature films, it would be a thankless task to even simply list the zombie movies that have been released in the past decade alone. That’s partially because there are a plethora of B-movies out there that cashed in on the craze surrounding these monsters. That being said, there have been plenty of notable releases with zombies at the center of it all. They include the Brad Pitt-starring World War Z (2013), the fantastic kids’ movie ParaNorman (2012), and the flat-out hilarious Zombieland (2009) that featured Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. If this sort of thing tickles your cinematic fancy, you should probably check out Boston.com for their list of the best zombie movies ever released.

There are then the various zombie-themed franchises running rampant through both cinema and another branch of entertainment: video gaming. You’d probably have to be living under a rock (for at least 10-15 years, at this point) to not have heard of the Resident Evil series and its many games, books, movies, etc. But it’s not the only zombie-heavy gaming content to sweep over the industry. One can simply look to arcade hub Intercasino.com for several examples of the undead further crossing over into mainstream popularity. Namely, they host a goofball, family sitcom-inspired game, “The Zombies,” in addition to a survival horror-leaning experience, “Zombie Rush.” The latter falls somewhere between what you’d expect from Resident Evil if it had less of a we-want-to-scare-the-pants-off-you vibe.

So what, then, does this mean for the connection between entertainment and the undead moving forward? Plenty, it would seem. Given the popularity of The Walking Dead and everything else mentioned here, it’s extremely doubtful that we’ve seen the last of the zombies for, at the very least, the next several years. That’ll be particularly true if that Walking Dead spinoff can capture the same fire as the original.

Rick Sanchez is a longtime zombie enthusiast who’s constantly researching what to do if the undead actually do take over the world. He lives in New York with his girlfriend and two dogs, Frank and Gizmo.

May Madness Final: Castle vs. M*A*S*H

And here we are, the final match of the tournament! Our drama winner, Castle, faces our comedy winner, M*A*S*H! Vote for which show you think is best, and worthy of the title tournament champion!

May Madness - Final Round

  • Castle (97%, 813 Votes)
  • M*A*S*H (3%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 837

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May Madness: Friends vs. M*A*S*H

We’ve reached the comedy final match! M*A*S*H defeated How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Golden Girls, and I Love Lucy to make it this far, while Friends took out The Middle, The Cosby Show, The Mindy Project, and Will & Grace to get to this faceoff.

This poll will be open for 72 hours, and the winning comedy will face the winning drama for tournament champion!

May Madness - Comedy Final

  • M*A*S*H (53%, 65 Votes)
  • Friends (47%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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May Madness: Castle vs. Beauty and the Beast

We’ve reached the drama final match! Castle narrowly beat White Collar in one of our most-voted-on polls of the tournament, and Beauty and the Beast overtook Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the final few hours of the poll!

This poll will be open for 72 hours, and the winning drama will face the winning comedy for tournament champion!

May Madness - Drama Final

  • Castle (50%, 1,417 Votes)
  • Beauty and the Beast (50%, 1,399 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,806

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May Madness: Buffy the Vampire Slayer vs. Beauty and the Beast, Will & Grace vs. Friends

Round four of the tournament concludes with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who pulled out a last-minute win yesterday, facing social media savvy Beauty and the Beast. Also, Will & Grace has their toughest battle yet against still-popular Friends.

These round four polls will be open for about 72 hours, so be sure to spread the word quickly if you want your favorites to make it to the next round! After this round, only 2 dramas and 2 comedies will remain to compete, first for the top drama/comedy, and then for the May Madness champion! As always, you can find the links to all the current matchups on our main post. Please try to vote in all the polls, not just the one with your favorite show!

May Madness - Drama, Round 4.2

  • Beauty and the Beast (66%, 184 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (36%, 100 Votes)

Total Voters: 279

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May Madness - Comedy, Round 4.2

  • Friends (83%, 132 Votes)
  • Will & Grace (18%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 159

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These round four polls will be open for about 72 hours, so be sure to spread the word quickly if you want your favorites to make it to the next round! As always, you can find the links to all the current matchups on our main post. Please try to vote in all the polls, not just the one with your favorite show!

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