What's more terrifying: Zombies or vampires? | The Tylt
Zombies and vampires are both scary AF, but which horror movie monster really sends chills down your spine? Zombies' inexorable stumble, rotting bodies, and unending hunger for brains is the stuff of nightmares. But vampires' intelligence, supernatural powers, and thirst for blood is also creepy and terrifying. Which one of these people-eating monsters is truly the most frightening?👺 💀 😱
What's more terrifying: Zombies or vampires?
The Zombie Research Society argues zombies terrify us because they symbolize the inevitable approach of death.
Zombies are the embodiment of a gnawing, constant awareness of the inevitability of death. They never stop. They never plot, or scheme. They can’t be bargained with, or shown sense in reason. They have no meaning, no choice, not even a recognition of the existence of choice. They’re simply forever shambling your way, trying to get just close enough to claw, to grasp, to chew.
But others argue the zombies are dumb. They don't have crazy superpowers and can't even reason or plan, and are hence not scary at all.
But zombies are terrifying simply because they symbolize a very real threat: the fear of contagion leading to the complete collapse of society, which, in an era of superbugs, probably won't be confined to horror movies or "The Stand" much longer.
Today’s zombies — who are usually infected in the thousands — represent our more contemporary fear of contagion, uncontrolled medical technology and civil collapse, according to Kelly Doyle, a PhD candidate studying horror in contemporary film at UBC.
But others say that vampires are far more terrifying—they've just been sanitized in popular culture. "Twilight" and "True Blood" gave us sexy vampires who just wanted to befriend and bone humans (while maybe occasionally sipping some blood). "Salem's Lot"? TERRIFYING. "The Lost Boys"? Scary AF! Vampire fans say the wussy vampires of HBO and teen fiction do not represent true bloodsuckers.
Vampires have been part of many cultures' folklore for millennia. And in these old stories, they don't sparkle, own vampire bars, or date humans.
Others argue vampires were never all that.
"To those that complain about modern vampires not being scary like before, I ask, 'When were they ever scary?' "
And in a battle, let's be real: vampires would dominate zombies.