Does the above picture of zombies overturning a bus with sheer numbers scare you? If it doesn’t, you’re not alone. Over the years, the tolerance level of the general public toward zombie movies has been steadily increasing, and it’s now approaching 100%. While I can’t speculate as to what will happen once critical mass is hit, I can take a brief look at the hard numbers. World War Z, the new Brad Pitt movie about a zombie apocalypse, has recently inspired an actual scientific study on the matter. Clarence Witherspoon, resident zombie movie specialist at the American Film Institute, walked me through the simple fact that zombie movies are getting ridiculous, and people need more things on-screen to get the same reaction they had a few years ago.
“It’s no secret that people are getting tired of zombies. Since the introduction of the fast-moving types in 28 Days Later, moviegoers have needed more and more to get their adrenaline pumping. Gone are the days of the tar man and not asking bad questions.”
No longer sufficient for today’s zombie audience
As this helpful graph shows, World War Z will cause zombie movie tolerance to hit about 78%
If the graph doesn’t convince you, just have a look at the zombies in World War Z:
You can’t even really tell they’re zombies. They act more like scarab beetles from The Mummy
“People just don’t care anymore,” Witherspoon continued. “How are human beings even supposed to roll over each other like a wave and eat things? Audiences seem to be simultaneously getting smarter and dumber. What could possibly satiate their bloodlust after WWZ?”
It’s hard to say, but Man, I Love Funny has a proposition for the film industry. At this point, people still like zombies. People also like Brad Pitt with surfer hair (at least everyone who runs in my circles). The filmmakers already understood both of those things, but we think they didn’t go far enough with the combination. World War Z has already been plagued with production issues, so what are a few more re-shoots?
Brad Pitt surfing on a wave of zombies will only increase World War Z’s box office