Merle Dixon, on 03 January 2012 - 03:55 PM, said:
hmmm, they eat humans, you turn infected once bitten...and you dont die unless you get a head injury and dont die from starvation as fast, plus you decay. i mean if theyre not zombies there PRETTY DAMN CLOSE to zombies lol.
Thats not totally correct. The infected from 28 Days/Weeks can die by other means then a head injury. Strangulation, broken neck, blood loss, organ damage, etc. and they'd starve to death just like any body else. Plus they do not seem to 'eat' their victims rather they seem to be inflicting pain on them just as savagely as their minds have turned.
Certainly they're close (There's enough similarities) - but they're not the reanimated dead zombies - they are a loose sene of the word 'zombie'. The films do fall into the zombie sub-genere of horror - just like The Crazies which we know are not zombies. Both fit nicely into the epedemic catagory. If anything they have more in common with the defintion of the Haitian religon zombie. (a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness/self-awareness - yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli.)Only they dont really fit this either as the 'zombies' are not being controlled by anyone.
Also on a side note, the Romero zombies (at least through Land this seems to be backed up) do not infect the living with zombieism. George Romero discussed the mechanics of his zombies in interviews - and he says zombies in his movies do not infect the living - but that the bite is lethal to the living and when they die from the bite are subject to the radiation that animates the dead.