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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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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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How did the zombie outbreak start in the Walking Dead?

I'm wondering where and why the zombie outbreak began?
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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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Why don't zombies eat each other? [closed]

In most zombie movies the undead only go after humans who are alive. Why is that? This applies also to the 'Infected' like the ones from the movie, '28 Days Later' and 'Dawn of the Dead' which, in my ...
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“If you burn a zombie, you'll only get a flaming zombie chasing you”?

A friend of mine thought one of the rules in Zombieland was "Don't burn a zombie - it only gets you being chased by a flaming zombie" or something like that. But he re-saw the movie, and didn't find ...
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Why did the climate in World War Z go cold?

I recently read World War Z, and one question nagged me throughout it- why did the Earth get colder during the Zombie apocalypse? The story suggested that most places were burning, which I thought ...
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Aren't zombie outbreaks self defeating?

To me it seems that the mechanism by which zombies infect others is self defeating. Starting with the classic "Romero" zombies, the zombies want to eat brains. However, in order to kill a zombie, you ...
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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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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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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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Why do Zombies in films generally have limps?

I've noticed this trend that most, if not all, zombies in films tend to limp or walk extremely slowly. In fact, doesn't this take away from their "scariness" as they aren't fast and don't seem to be ...
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Why aren't the herds of 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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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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What Happens to Zombies that Don't Eat? [closed]

I'm not a zombie fan (other than the 60s rock group), so I haven't followed zombie movies too closely, but there's one question I have that I have yet to see answered here and answers seem to vary. ...
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Why not escape the walkers on an island?

In The Walking Dead, Ricks group of survivors is constantly looking for a new 'shelter'. However, they only ever look for cities on the mainland. Why don't they just get on boat and go to an island ...
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In The Walking Dead, what happens to zombies that don't eat?

In The Walking Dead, the idea of "walkers" (roaming zombies) and "lurkers" (stationary zombies) exist in the comics. It could theoretically relate to a zombies energy level, so I'm curious - what ...
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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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How many days passed between the initial outbreak and “Chupacabra” in The Walking Dead? [duplicate]

Many have questioned the ability of the Still-Alives to have survived the zombie apocalypse, considering the stupid decisions they make, like the well debacle (2x04 - "Cherokee Rose"). But it's ...
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Why don't people in zombie movies ever know what zombies are?

It seems like all of the films set in modern day cities have an error, the people never know what zombies are even though zombies have been in popular culture for some time. Even parodies like "Shaun ...
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How do zombies survive the winter?

OK so imagine a human wearing normal clothes: tshirt, pants etc., out in the middle of the winter. They wouldn't last long. Now replace that human with a zombie. Zombies have no blood circulation, ...
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Haunted television set summons zombies from nearby graves

I watched the Goosebumps movie tonight with my son and I started feeling nostalgic about other books (not in the Goosebumps series) that I read when I was a kid. I've been scouring Google looking for ...
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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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What is the earliest literary appearance of zombies?

I guess I have no doubt that zombies are part of the human imagination, and that they would simply spring up in our dreams even if we'd never heard of them. But I'd still like to know what the ...
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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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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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Bitten by a vampire, werewolf, and zombie… what happens to him? [closed]

I'm toying with the idea of having a character bitten by more than one bite-infecting monster and wondered about just what would happen. What are the generally-accepted time windows from bite to ...
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What kept the Walkers away from Hershel's farm in TWD?

I was wondering, throught the 2nd season he see little to no zombies on Hershel's farm except when they were drawn there by Carl's gunshot. What would keep them away? There are people and livestock ...
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Movie with talking zombies, one zombie eats his own arm

Looking for a horror/comedy movie that I saw on the Sci-Fi channel (Pre-2009 name change) with talking zombies in it. Media: Movie. Original year: Saw it sometime between 2004 and 2009. Major ...
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Why don't zombies eventually die in the Walking Dead?

We know the zombies have a fairly simple existence, they can only perform basic functions (like walking) and only care for eating flesh. Yet in the Walking Dead series literally years are passing ...
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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 ...
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Zombie Outbreak movie with a cure

I need help identifying the name of this film. PLOT: It's about a zombie outbreak somewhere in the city the plot starts then it revolves the surviving group hiding in a cabin until the zombies ...
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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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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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What sounds attract zombies?

In the first episode of Season 2 of The Walking Dead, the survivors avoid using their guns for fear of attracting large groups of walkers. They take steps to ensure that everyone has hand-to-hand ...
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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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Do some Walkers employ ambush hunter techniques?

In "Secrets", episode 6 of season 2 of The Walking Dead, Maggie and Glenn had been in the pharmacy for a few minutes. Maggie then walks to the back of the store and starts rummaging through the racks ...
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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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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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How do zombies smell?

In The Walking Dead, both the show and the graphic novels, it is established that the walkers determine prey from other walkers by sense of smell. However, we see some pretty far decayed walkers, ...
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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 women ...
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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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When did zombies become “infected” rather than corpses raised from hell?

I am curious as to the evolution of the zombie concept. In old horror movies from the 60s and into the 80s, zombies were depicted as "true" undead beings; people who have died and been inhumed, and ...
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How are zombies killed by any injury to the brain in TWD

In the CDC lab, Rick's group is shown a brain scan of a zombie that showed how the infection reanimates a dead person by reactivating the brain stem, which would seem to suggest that only the brain ...
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Why don't the WHO zombies frantically bash their heads through glass like the earlier zombies?

Early in the film, we see zombies headbutt car windows in order to reach their prey, but the ones inside the WHO facility do not seem to use that tactic. It is possible that some of the facilities ...
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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? I'...
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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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How widespread is the infection in The Walking Dead?

In The Walking Dead we see thousands of walkers. Is the infection that causes this just in Atlanta, all of America, or is it the whole world? I feel like they don't make that clear in the show or the ...
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Intelligent, talking zombies caused by dark water; one zombie kills another zombie

Looking for a movie with intelligent zombies that can talk, one zombie even kills another. Media: Movie What year I saw this: 2004-2009 Tone: Horror/Comedy Setting: America Language: English In color ...
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Is the zombie-to-human ratio ever mentioned in-universe in The Walking Dead?

After wondering about the issue for 5 years, yesterday I came across an apparently canonical statement about how many humans are still alive in The Walking Dead universe. The promotional blurb for the ...
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Story Identification - zombie movie on a ship

I remember seeing part of a movie about a bunch of commandos or other "hard men" that storm a ship at sea only to be suprised by a hoard of zombies on the ship. What is that movie? This is driving ...