Whether this means I lack a sense of humor, a stomach for gore, a sense of play or all three, well, I’ll leave that for others to judge. In the meantime, given my lack of exposure to the movies, all I can do is guess at why the zombie craze persists and why it has remarkably come full circle; from horror movie genre, to a merchandising boom, to a live role-playing game, Humans vs. Zombies, played by hundreds of thousands of students on college campuses all over the world, and finally back to the cinema in the form of a horror movie based on the role-playing game.
Even my own son wears a t-shirt bearing the “I ‘heart’ Zombies” graphic included here in this post…but then, he was born on Halloween.
Anyway, now, in perhaps its most bizarre manifestation, this, via The Bellingham Herald:
The family prepared in the parking lot. Chain mail and armor secured, they grabbed their weapons and headed into the old mental hospital.
And then they smiled for the camera.
It wasn’t your average family portrait session. But it’s exactly what photographer Jen Owen asked for her birthday, and her husband, Ivan Owen, happily obliged.
“I guess it makes me a cool wife, instead of fluffy, frilly family pictures, to want to go kill zombies,” she said.
More than just a day of photos with the Owens and their three kids, the zombie apocalypse shoot was a summer-long project, capped off with photos at the end of August. Ivan Owen is a salesman by day with a side business crafting chain armor, so while the kids were off for summer break, the whole family worked on creating their zombie slaying ensembles.
Now, I don’t mean to ridicule the Owen family in any way. Like I said, their zombie family portrait seems bizarre…TO ME, meaning I clearly don’t understand the appeal of the whole zombie thing.
But, in some ways, I wish I did, since the Owens and all those thousands of Humans vs. Zombies players very obviously are having a heckuva lot of fun.