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In regards to why the zombies feed on brains, there is an official explanation is a quote from Return of the Living Dead’s writer and director, Dan O’Bannon, who suggested that the undead felt the need to feed on the brains of the recently living because it somehow made them feel better by easing their pain. Night of Living Dead (1968, directed by George A. ...


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TL;DR: Fires left to burn unchecked around the world, nuclear weapons detonating in Iran, Pakistan, and China, and oil fields set ablaze in Saudi Arabia, all combine to fill the upper atmosphere with enormous amounts of ash and other particulate matter. This veil of pollution reflects a significant amount of sunlight - i.e., thermal energy, aka heat - back ...


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It may have been Max Brooks's Zombie Survival Guide. From the section on Weapons and Combat Techniques: Finally, at five meters, we used the last bit of fuel in the flamethrower! The sons of bitches lit up like torches but just wouldn’t stop! One of them grabbed [Name Withheld], setting him on fire as it bit through his neck. I saw the rest of those ...


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Beating both of your televised examples and possibly the TWD comics would be Shaun of the Dead (2004). The disguise used is as simple as a slack jawed expression, a shambling walk, and a selection of moans. There may be earlier examples to be found but given the lead time on movies I believe this would have had to have been written before the comics were ...


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You could look at films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1957, 1978) where the lead characters act emotionless and dazed to blend in with the replacements/aliens. It's not quite the same, yet it's a similar trope?


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The military has trained to destroy equipment, buildings, and to kill people. Their first two skills (for example, taking out a radar station) are completely useless. And that third skill, well... they're instructed to shoot "center body mass". That's not going to stop a zombie. Besides, while there are a few psychopaths in the military, most of them are ...


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TL;DR: Because there are zombies on inhabited islands, too, but getting to an island is incredibly dangerous in itself. You're subjecting yourself to additional risks in order to reach a destination where you'll face the same problems people on the mainland are struggling with. Update: Fear the Walking Dead: In the second season of the spinoff series, ...


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Not the same kind of zombie, but how about The Mummy (1999)?


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The walkers show a rudimentary form of pack behavior, in that one walker spotting prey will frequently alert other walkers in the area to the prey's presence. There have been a couple of scenes, for example, where there were walkers wandering aimlessly in an area, and a human got close enough for one walker to recognize them, at which point all of the ...


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The human body is highly compressible. This is because it is mostly liquids and solids, which will not deform under uniform pressure. Liquids and solids push back in response to pressure, and are for the most part "incompressible". Q: Can you compress a liquid (water)? The answer is yes, You can compress water, or almost any material. However, it ...


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The Walking Dead is shot in Georgia, in different towns according to the season. That cricket noise you are hearing is being generated by cicada. It's almost impossible to scrub from outdoor shots due to the large amount of frequencies the sound covers. As the first three seasons were shot in the summer when the cicada are at their peak. Here's a video that ...


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They do In Letter Hacks #14 and #111 it's stated Zombies eat for impulse and posess no functioning digestive system, with what they've eaten being forced out once its full, unprocessed. It's not required for their sustained animation. Robert Kirkman wrote on Reddit: ...In the beginning of the show we saw walkers do things like using a rock to help bash ...


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Pakistan and Iran had engaged in what seems to be all-out nuclear war. I don't have my copy of the book to get supporting quotes, but I would assume that this resulted in a nuclear winter. While I'd recommend reading the Wikipedia article, the synopsis is that when there are a large number of fires (not even necessarily fires caused by nuclear bombs, and ...


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The cause of the outbreak is not known. It has been made fairly clear that the initial source of the virus is not currently something that either the comic or the show are planned to address, as this quote from an interview with show producer Glen Mazzara indicates: Will determining the cause of the outbreak be something that the group, now that they know ...


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Note: This answer represents the best information I was able to find regarding the following media - The Walking Dead comics, television show, print novels, and Telltale story games, and the Fear the Walking Dead television show. Unless otherwise noted, mentions of television shows refer to The Walking Dead, not Fear the Walking Dead. 1. BITERS Various ...


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You have your pick of potential answers as to why the military is ineffective and all of them tend to be tropes of the Zombie genre. While Zombie Apocalypse events vary depending on the writer, some things tend to remain true in almost all of them: The event is unexpected, spreads quickly, causes widespread panic and due to a lack of social discipline ...


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I've read the comics many times and I can't recall a single time when there is mention of the zombies dying from freezing. However, the zombies do slow down and potentially freeze solid. Why would the winter kill the zombies from lack of circulating blood? During the rest of the year, they also don't have circulating blood. They're zombies. Blood ...


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No. In pretty much any mythology (at least where zombies are dead, not living 'infected') zombies do not need to breathe at all. There is no explanation given for how they function without oxygen, nor is there an explanation for where the energy they use comes from. Zombies have been seen to operate just fine underwater for extended periods, and zombie ...


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Luck, timing (early in the outbreak), and the location of the farm (relatively far from major towns and cities). Walkers are attracted to people and noise, and the farm had little of either. There isn't much explicit canon information to explain this, but I read the comics and watch the show obsessively, I've read some of the novels, and I'm a zombie ...


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Question is a bit terse, but that immediately made me think of the theatrical ending of I Am Legend (2007). (note that there's an alternate ending which is more faithful to the book) From IMDb: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human ...


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Animals Brooks' zombie lore says that animals instinctively avoid zombies. Although that claim is mainly backed up with "evidence" from land-dwelling animals, it is reasonable to assume it applies in the same fashion for sea-dwelling animals. These would simply not be interested in being anywhere near a zombie. Pressure Further, regarding the pressure of ...


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As James and Michael alluded to, there are some incorrect assumptions in your question. Humans The limiting factor in deep dives isn't the threat of being crushed by the pressure, it's the indirect results of pressure, e.g. Decompression time: a major limiting factor, as the deeper you go, the longer it takes to decompress, and the more dangerous it is if ...


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Actually, the comics don't suggest that zombies can freeze to death. In fact, quite the opposite. When the group finds the walled community of Wiltshire Estates, it is extremely cold. They sweep the area, find no zombies, and settle into the houses. Overnight, the temperature rises. A layer of snow and ice on a sheet of plywood outside the gates begins ...


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White Zombie (1932) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943) are the more traditional zombie movies. The zombies in these are based on the traditions of Haitian voodoo. The Romero zombies were introduced in The Night of the Living Dead (1968) and are more like reanimated ghouls than the mindless slaves of the Haitian tradition. Night of the Living Dead zombies ...


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I haven't seen this, but La Invasión de los muertos released as The Invasion of the Dead (1973) supposedly has a scene where The soldiers come back as zombies and Blue Demon has to fight them and the monsters (Polo Ortín fools them by pretending to be a zombie himself).


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It is just one of those inconsistencies that you have to you have to ignore in most zombie films, as there is no good reason why zombies would be that much of a threat. Its the reason why films like 28 Days Later and WWZ changed certain aspects about zombies, to make them a more credible danger. I personally like how Shaun of the Dead did it, the zombies ...


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It's "Down Among the Dead Men" by William Tenn. They were called "blobs" not "globs". From the SF Encyclopedia: . . . William Tenn's "Down Among the Dead Men" (June 1954 Galaxy), where "human protoplasm reclamation" creates fully human and intelligent (though sterile) new soldiers who are subject to discrimination and abuse as "zombies" or "blobs" . . . ...


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Good question. It's only speculation, but I assume there's some "imprisonment ritual" for each one of the creatures. As you can see on the monitors showing Japan, the little girls knew and executed a ritual to defeat the Nightmare that the authority deployed on them. It's reasonable to think that there exists some type of "secure release" for each weapon on ...


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There isn't a ton known about the virus in the Walking Dead. We know it spread fast, so it probably was airborne and it is also definitely spread through blood contact. We know it shows no symptoms in living humans, laying dormant until life functions cease in the host. We don't know who patient zero was or where the virus originated. The big thing we don't ...


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Israel's borders, not including coastline, are approximately 767km in length. If the zombies can swim across the Dead Sea or Red Sea, add about another 90km to cover those coastlines. The closest comparison for large scale walls would be the 4th generation Berlin Wall, which was a pair of concrete walls 3.6m high, 1.2m thick, and 106km long, separated by a ...


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