thefourthman wrote:You know what, how about a link to the creator saying its not a zombie flick? Dubious thematics aside (the dead rising could be about rage) and the very first Night of the Living Dead has elements of what happens when people aren't watching, they act like fast smart zombies... zombie conisuers (read purists) are the only people who quibble over this... and regardless of its actual zombieness it is partly responsible for the popularity of zombies currently.
At the very least it is like a first cousin....
“It’s not a zombie movie, everyone. It’s not a zombie movie…They’re infected. They’re not zombies.”
http://www.zombiereportingcenter.com/20 ... nny-boyle/
I'm very grateful for what it did for the Zombie genre and I'm sure Romero's films were influences but so were a lot other things. The opening is straight out of Day of the Triffids, as mentioned. It also owes a huge debt (as does Romero) to I Am Legend, which called its monsters 'vampires,' IIRC.
Characters in Night of the Living Dead blamed the Zombie outbreak on Space Rays! They also called them 'ghouls.' The point was that no-one really knew what was happening but all dead people, regardless of how they died, were getting back up again. If you got shot, you came back as a Zombie, if you had a heart attack you came back as a Zombie. As long as you're brain was intact, you became one of 'those things outside.' You didn't need to be bitten. It's an important point that people often forget because a lot of other Zombie films use a virus as the explanation. I think that distracts a bit from the themes, though.
But it's not a big deal or anything. Like I say, I'm a big fan of 28 Days Later.