Everything has its own time, according to Ecclesiastes. And it might just be zombie time–at least according to Time magazine. After enduring years of Vampires better suited for Duran Duran than scaring people, Time magazine reports the monster de jour is the zombie. And with Lost Boys 3 reportedly in production, this news comes not a moment too soon. That’s right, the working man (and woman) of the horror world is hip. Zombie Chic, if you will. According to Time:
f there’s a social hierarchy among monsters, zombies are not at the top of the list. They may not even be on the list. They’re not cool like werewolves. There’s no Warren Zevon song about them. They’re not classy like Dracula and Frankenstein, who can trace their lineage back to respectable 19th century novels. All zombies have is a bunch of George Romero movies.
But the lowly zombie is making its move. For the past few years, vampires have been the It monster, what with Twilight and all, but that’s changing. Diablo Cody, of Juno fame, is producing a movie called Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament, based on a new novel about life (if that’s the word) as one of the walking dead. Later this year, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin will star in the zom-com Zombieland. Max Brooks’ best-selling zombie novel World War Z is being filmed by Marc Forster, the guy who directed Quantum of Solace. In comic books, the Marvel Zombies series features rotting, brain-eating versions of Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. The zombie video game Resident Evil 5 shipped 4 million copies during its first two weeks on the market. Michael Jackson’s zombie video Thriller is coming to Broadway. (See the top 25 horror movies of all time.)
Apparently no one is safe from the shambling, newly marketable armies of the dead — not even Jane Austen. Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of a new novel called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, about a strangely familiar English family called the Bennets that is struggling to marry off five daughters while at the same time fighting off wave after wave of relentless, remorseless undead — since, as the novel’s classic first line tells us, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”