Dawn of the Dead (2004)

One of the things I like best about zombie stories is the humanity within. I suppose having humanity as my favorite part of a story of the undead sounds strange, but to me the social commentary, psychological analysis and questions of morality, as well as mortality, are all part and parcel to a well-told zombie story. The questions brought up such as what it means to be alive, what drives people to keep living even within a world gone terribly astray, and how do people change during such dire situations – often it is the unexpected heroes and villians that come out of seemingly everyday people that intrigue me the most.

And, of course, the question of who then are the real monsters, and who then are truly human, that keep me readily alert and thinking, and with the right people, discussing.

Some of my favorite moments in such dark tales is the little moments of humor and the tiny reminders of humanity that are slipped into the terror and suspense – it is those moments that really get to me. It is a reminder of what connects us in this world, which is one of those things I look for in life, our connections.

Down with the Sickness :: Disturbed

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