Can one joke about the Living Dead?
The tragedy that is the living dead is created by a virus which affects the brain and ultimately the whole body of those dead, or dying. Therefore it is of utmost importance to ensure the destruction of the brain when the zombie infection is suspected.
But can you really joke about this virus, after all, jokes about HIV/aids or cancer is not very funny. In Hollywood and offspring there are constant humorous movies made that actually in between all the jokes and gags have a respect for the undead. In the movie RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD from 1985 the zombie virus is in detail shown how it affects the recently deceased and brings them back to “life” as zombies. The movie is a parody of the true events portrayed in e.g. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and the Italian ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, but still it brings some true stories.
In recent times, the English comedy stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starred in SHAUN OF THE DEAD, which is a hilarious epic about a sudden and fairly short zombie outbreak in present day London. The movie is dead funny, but is also a mind boggler for how to understand and react to the virus which so easily can affect us on the day of our demise.
The movie Return of the Living Dead has 4 follow up movies which in some ways also turns fiction into truth. Recommended for those who are not fully true believers of the zombie existence (and can’t take the blood and gore of the movies based on true stories).