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To be no longer living but supernaturally animated, as a zombie.

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What was this movie I saw billed as the "Worst SF movie ever"?

Some years ago I watched very old science fiction movie on French television that was advertised as "The worst SF movie ever made". It involved aliens who somehow woke up the dead, so the ...
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Why does Dracula need to rest his days in consecrated earth?

Since consecrated earth, even the Transylvanian type, should be connected to the “sacred,” what are some possible reasons for Bram Stoker to specify that Dracula needs this “holy soil” in order to ...
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I am Legend (Will Smith film), any explanation for skin literally burning in sunlight?

Given the medical/biological explanation for the "darkseekers," I can see no plausible explanation for the extremely rapid burning (with something like smoke) of the creatures in sunlight. ...
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Is there a standard afterlife in the Cthulhu Mythos?

H. P. Lovecraft's stories include several different, apparently independent ways that a person can become an undead creature after their own natural death (being raised from saltes, being reanimated ...
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Where did the term "the living impaired" originate?

In The Simpsons episode 9F04, "Treehouse of Horror III" (1994), Lisa refers to the "zombies" that Bart has just summoned and Bart snarkily replies that Please Lis, they prefer to be called "the ...
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Looking for a short story about a ghoul woman

I read this story in an anthology in a school library sometime around 2000-2007. I don't remember the author, title of the story, or the title of the anthology, unfortunately. Description following is ...
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Why did the Gallowwalkers need to reskin when Wesley Snipes did not?

Wesley Snipes Why did the Gallowwalkers need to reskin when Aman (Wesley Snipes) did not?
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What was the first story in which crucifixes burned vampires?

In many stories, crosses or other religious symbols hurt vampires. In the Shadowhunters books by Cassandra Clare, vampires are weak to whatever religious symbols they believe in. In Buffy the Vampire ...
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Why do zombies eat our brains?

Do we know the first, or at least possibly the most influential, occurrence of zombies targeting humans for our delicious brains? And do we know why they go for that organ specifically?
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Should werewolves in literature be considered magical living creatures or part of the Undead? [closed]

Are fictional werewolves as seen in modern retelling of fairy tales and classic horror literature considered to be part of the same group as the undead, i.e. vampires, ghouls, zombies and liches? ...
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Zombies - Why do they need to feed on living animals/humans? [duplicate]

It's something that's always bothered me. Especially now I'm watching The Walking Dead series. People die and turn into Zombies, from The Walking Dead we see that only part of the brain becomes active....
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What is the classification of the undead from Pirates of the Caribbean?

They're not exactly zombies or ghosts. They're spectral beings in moonlight but have physical form othertimes. How would this be classified?
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Are zombies traditionally portrayed as being able to see in the dark?

Setup I asked a question on RPG Stack Exchange, and I'm getting answers focused on the history of RPGs, but I'm also curious about zombies in wider media, and figure I'll get a better answer for that ...
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in ASOIAF how do Wights work?

I have been watching the TV Show and read a couple books years (decades?) ago so my memory is hazy, and I've been wondering: what sort of undead are wights? We know they can be killed by fire, but ...
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How exactly does Arkhan the Black speak?

In the Warhammer Fantasy universe, how does Arkhan the Black speak? In the first Neferta novel he is described as if he's just a walking skeleton? No lips or tongue and probably no lungs or throat ...
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How does a lich work in the Cthulhu Mythos?

I noticed that the liches from H. P. Lovecraft's works are different from D&D. For example, the Lovecraft version seems to lack a phylactery, and they keep their immortality by taking new bodies, ...
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Is Joseph Curwen a Lich?

In H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, is Joseph Curwen a lich, as defined by Wikipedia?
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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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Which character has the distinction of being personally identified as the "Mummy" in the most motion pictures?

There are tons of nameless mummies in countless mummy movies, but some mummies are supposed to represent specific individuals. For instance, Imhotep was the main mummy in most of the Brendan Fraser ...
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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? Why isn'...
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What is the origin of a phylactery as a soul jar?

The original use of Phylactery is from Ancient Greek φυλακτήριον phylacterion, form of phylássein, φυλάσσειν meaning “to guard, protect” — Wikipedia and was originally meant to refer to ‘...
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Why are vampires not rotten like other undead? [closed]

Zombies, mummies, ghouls, skeletons and other undead are usually depicted as rotten, but vampires are always lifelike. What's the reason?
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What constitutes "true" undead? [closed]

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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What are the creatures in I Am Legend?

Are the creatures in I Am Legend zombies, vampires, zompyres, or something else?
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