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Zombies are usually unintelligent undead, essentially reanimated corpses that seek to terrorize and consume the living. They can also be living humans infected with a terminal, rabies-like disease.

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Do skulls get soft with time? [on hold]

This is more of a biology question, but the context in which I'm looking at it is entirely within the genre of zombie apocalypse fiction. I've long noticed that in zombie shows like The Walking Dead ...
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Where did the term “Zombie” originate from? [on hold]

As I said above, where did the term "Zombie" originate from? Why can't we just call them the "reanimated"?
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Zombie on a ladder

In the book So Now You're a Zombie, on page 60, it states that only one in eight zeds is capable of scaling a ladder or similar structure. I'm trying to figure out on what basis was this ...
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I am looking for the title of a short story about dead soldiers bodies being reused

I read the story many years ago. The solar system was being invaded by insectoid aliens who greatly outnumbered Earth's population. All available people were involved in the war effort and all ...
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Zombie stories compilation book with this particular short story?

First story of all was about a woman, an old teacher in a post-zombie apocalypse world, who tried to teach the zombies (her old students), and lived alone in her old school. I tried to find that book ...
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In Dead Space, what exactly is the marker, who built it and how is it turning people to monsters?

I played through the first two games but I didn't really understand the plot. I was more interested in shooting and stomping. I never really got how the marker was important and why some people were ...
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Why do Walkers' abilities change from season to season? [duplicate]

In season 1 walkers can pick up rocks and break windows, climb fences and appear to look around. in later seasons they only walk and are easily distracted by noise. Why have their abilities changed?
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World War Z Movie: Did Israel fall?

So, Gerry escapes Israel on the plane, Israel gets overrun and the airfield is swarmed. But did the entire city fall? One of the last shots shows what looks like a small, walled off section of the ...
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Looking for a 1980s American zombie movie where the people in a hospital turn into a mannequin-like zombies without being bitten

They don't run, they just walk slowly. There is one scene where a few soldiers were trapped inside a glass walled room. Also, there is this zombie in a red shirt who stares at the female soldier ...
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If a zombie seen a mirror, would it attack the mirror due to the reflection? [closed]

I have thought about building a wall with two-way mirrors in certain spots so that I could see any and all activity around my base. I was wondering if, given what is known about typical zombie ...
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Does Helix mix two genres of Vampires and Zombies?

After episode 11 and 12 of Helix, I got this feeling that helix is mixing two genres of Vampires and Zombies and sugarcoat it with science. Here is my Argument: Vampires: Dr. Hiroshi Hatake and ...
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Is it possible for zombies to sleep? [closed]

In all of the zombie works of art, has a zombie ever slept or something like that? Do zombies sleep at all?
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Do zombies need oxygen in Walking Dead?

Cells need oxygen to function and clearly the cells in a zombie are at least partly functional. In the Walking Dead, do zombies need oxygen? Can they breathe? If they don't have functional respiratory ...
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Would preserved bodies (such as ones encased in ice) reanimate when thawed out?

Do people that have been dead but preserved, like an ice man, reanimate if they were thawed out of the ice in the TV show The Walking Dead? I have seen many episodes and read many FAQ's but have not ...
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What are the implications of the nearly-decapitated zombie in Land of the Dead

In the middle of the movie as they make their escape from the city, the protagonists see what appears to be a decapitated zombie. It approaches, and they are unable to immediately destroy it because ...
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Where does the concept of infected people turning into zombies only after death originate from?

In the beginning, zombies were created by magical and alchemical means, and it was not contagious. Later (mid 20th century?) zombie fiction treats it as an illness/virus, and bitten people turn into ...
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How is it Alice's clones can be killed without head trauma, and why don't they reanimate into zombies?

It was made clear in the first film that the T-virus infected dead needed to to be put down by head/brain trauma. I'm unclear on at least two things. First, how is it that Alice's T-virus mutated ...
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Where do zombies come from?

Who was the first writer/movie director/artist that came with the idea of the zombies we see in movies nowadays like Resident Evil, World War Z, Walking Dead? In general: the idea of a person seemed ...
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Zombies: why are they so fast in recent movies? [closed]

I do understand the concept of the original slow zombies. They are slow, but numerous and they keep reproducing by biting livings and killing them. You are a human, you have no chance to make mistake, ...
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Are there studies gauging the popularity of zombies in popular culture?

In the recent RadioLab podcast "Quicksand," a reporter was able to give exact metrics on the popularity of quicksand by looking at the number of quicksand mentions in movies from 1909 until the ...
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Why aren't the herds zombies on the sea floor destroyed by pressure or scavengers?

In the book, World War Z, there are large herds of zombies walking across the floors of the oceans. How is that possible with that extreme pressure and the plethora of creepy-crawly ocean dwelling ...
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Practically speaking, how long would it have taken to build the Israeli zombie-defense wall in World War Z?

My impression was that the wall protected the borders of the entire country of Israel. This would have taken a long time especially if you wanted to buttress the wall properly. At least a few years? ...
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Why didn’t the zombie outbreak in The Walking Dead start earlier?

If Doctor Jenner told Rick that: then how come the outbreak started now? If: then why didn't the outbreak start 100 years prior? It doesn't make sense. And if it's airborne, then how did it even ...
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What is the song playing in The walking dead S2e5 when daryl pulls the arrow out and in s3e10 when daryl and merle help the mexicans?

What is the song playing in The walking dead Season 2 episode 5 (when daryl pulls the arrow out and that) and in season 3 episode 10 (when daryl and merle help the mexicans) and its also in the game ...
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Identify film which mashed film noir with voodo and supernatural

I remember watching a film when I was a teenager that seemed to be set in a 1930s film noir kind of setting. I think the main character was a private detective, who somehow got caught up in some ...
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The Walking Dead cricket noise?

In The Walking Dead TV show, I noticed that every time there is a cricket noise that gets louder. Walkers are almost always nearby. Can somebody confirm or deny this? Is it related to anything?
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How do “pet” Walkers help ward off other Walkers?

In both the comics and the show, Michonne first appears with two walkers that she essentially keeps as pets. The comics sort of half-explain this - as per the wiki: She notices walkers don't ...
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Zombie movies: “body protection” VS “sexy clothes” [closed]

I really love zombie movies, but one thing that I really hate is (for instance in walking dead) the "humans" walk in "shorts" and "tops", bare arms, big neckline, etc knowing that they will be bitten ...
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Would survival in a zombie apocalypse be easier in a colder climate? [closed]

In a climate where the average temperature in the winter hangs around 0°F and summer around 90°F, I would think that zombies would freeze to the point where they couldn't move in the winter, ...
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Recapturing the Zombies that have been Released?

In the 2011 movie The Cabin in the Woods, how were the authorities and/or employees of the organization planning to recapture the zombies that they had released to kill the five friends? In general, ...
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Why can't animals turn into the undead in The Walking Dead? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can animals (including insects) carry or become infected with the “zombie” virus in The Walking Dead? It doesn't make sense that this "virus" is only affecting humans? ...
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Why can't the military kill the Walking Dead?

In the TV series The Walking Dead, why has the military been so ineffective against the walker invasion? If the walkers can be stopped by something as simple as fences and glass doors (like at the ...
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What work of scifi broke the mold of zombies being undead voodoo minions and depicted them as mindless maneaters?

In the beginning, IIRC, zombies were undead creatures created and controlled by voodoo priests or priestesses. What work of scifi was the first to break that tradition by depicting zombies as ...
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Have we seen a Walker bite which would not have otherwise been fatal?

Excluding on the Walking Dead, have we seen a Walker bite such that it was clear that if zombieism hadn't been involved, the person would have certainly recovered? I'm trying to establish whether ...
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What constitutes “true” undead?

In those works where zombies or vampires (or other undead) aren't merely victims of some weird and exotic disease (and still biologically alive), what traits do the undead have that are common across ...
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Trying to remember the title of a zombie novel

In the last year or so I have read quite a few zombie novels (thinly disguised as book selection for work!) There is one I would like to find again, but I cannot remember the title of it. I could ...
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Why do the Walking Dead zombies stop decomposing?

Zombies must have a half-life. They exibit signs of decay as soon as they transform into the undead. Their rotting flesh would attract decomposers, like flys and beetles. Those insects should be able ...
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Why did Luda survive for days or weeks when Frank and other infected people died within hours?

In Zach Snyder's 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, we see three people die from their infection instead of from trauma: The character credited as "Bloated Woman", who is already pretty far gone when ...
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Why do digger-zombies walk in the wrong direction after emerging from the ground?

We have learned that the zombies in Plants vs. Zombies eat our precious plants because they hinder their way to get into the house. So the zombies themselves have no interest in eating the plants as ...
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Why do Zombies eat plants in “Plants vs. Zombies”?

AFAIK, Zombies aren't vegetarians. They usually have a special interest in eating living human brains. Why do they eat the Plants then?
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Are there creatures of fantasy in other countries that have the same prevelance as zombies, werewolves and vampires in the United States? [closed]

Most creatures of fantasy appear to be derived from these similar themes, but I wonder if I simply have not heard of creatures in other countries that hold captive the imaginations of the citizens in ...
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Do the Walking Dead poop?

Regarding the TV show (possibly the comics) there are many instances where the walking dead are encountered eating their fill and one (2nd season) where one was opened up and a woodchuck was found in ...
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Human Bites Zombie: What Happens? [closed]

I don't know much about zombies and haven't had much interest in them. I do know that, as with any creature, there are many different versions of what does and does not work. But I'm wondering about ...
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How do zombies get nourishment from eating? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Happens to Zombies that Don't Eat? I assume zombies don't have blood flow, since they can't be stopped with a shot in the heart. If so, how is it possible they ...
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Can animals (including insects) carry or become infected with the “zombie” virus in The Walking Dead?

Can non-human animals (whether mammals, birds, insects, fish... etc) become carriers of, or become infected by, the "zombie" virus in The Walking Dead universe? I have developed this question from an ...
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If the brain stem is left intact, does severing the head from a zombie render it harmless, or would it become a lurker?

In Romero's zombie lore, destroying a zombie's brain kills the zombie. Merely severing a zombie's spine won't kill them. If you severed the head from a zombie, and the neck was still attatched to the ...
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Would a sensory impaired person become a sensory impaired zombie in The Walking Dead?

In The Walking Dead universe, would a sensory impaired person become a sensory impaired zombie, or would their dead/damaged nerves become as functional as a "healthy" zombie's nervous system?
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Any movies with zombie babies? [closed]

I was watching the Talking Dead for the Walking Dead season two finale, and they talked about not actually being able to show a child being shot. But they have shown zombie children. But this made ...
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In Pontypool, what language was Dr. Mendez speaking, and what did he say?

In the excellent zombie flick, Pontypool, eventually Dr. Mendez determines that If it was Spanish, I couldn't understand it...I thought it might be Portugese. Can anyone identify it, and for bonus ...
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Are there actual Zombie Rules?

While arguing with a friend about 28 Days Later and how those aren't actually zombies, my friend stated that all zombie media have to follow Romero Rules of zombies or else they aren't actually zombie ...