The wave of horrendous cannibalistic attacks that have taken place over the last week or so have caused a media frenzy; there was the naked face-eater Rudy Eugene in Miami, then there was student Alexander Kinyua dismembering his roommate and eating his brain and heart in Maryland, and the outbreak of gruesome flesh-gobbling is not just in the U.S – Police in Canada are on the hunt for low-budget porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta. It is alleged that Magnotta murdered a young man with an ice pick and then RAPED and ATE flesh from his dead body, police were alerted to incident after Magnotta allegedly sent some of the body parts to Ottowa in the mail – WTF?!?
Understandably, these terrifying tales have left those of us who aren’t busy trying to chomp down on our fellow man, shocked, appalled and disgusted. Movie fans and sci-fi geeks around the world also have another concern…Does this wave of spine-chilling attacks signal the beginning of that ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ that we have all been fretting about and frantically preparing for?
The fear of a Zombie outbreak grows each day and “zombie apocalypse” became Google’s third most searched term on Friday!!!
According to the Center for Disease Control however, people need not be concerned about a ‘zombie apocalypse’. On Thursday agency spokesperson David Daigle emailed the Huffington Post, in it, he said: “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”
I want to believe him, I really do and deep down I know a zombie plague seems a little far-fetched and unrealistic, however I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t a little anxious.
I keep thinking back to the 2002 film ‘Reign of Fire’, with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey. In this film, dragons that had been hiding out in a subterranean enclave are set free when tunnel workers accidentally stumble on their hide-out.
The dragons escape and wreck havoc upon the world, pretty soon a post-apocalyptic Mad-Max 3 type scenario is upon us, with very few humans surviving. At the beginning of the movie, there is a montage of press reports from when the dragons first escaped. The montage shows newspapers from around the world, still futilely trying to deny the existence of dragons and attribute the first waves of destruction to natural phenomena. I know I am probably being overly paranoid (I watched far too many horror movies and read too many Stephen King books as a teenager) but I really hope that this isn’t the case in this situation.
Despite the fact that many of us have had a good laugh sitting around in the pub or at parties planning our ‘Shaun of the Dead’-esque zombie survival strategies and might think that our particular group of mates have what it takes to survive should an outbreak like this occur, the reality of the situation – should an outbreak occur – is likely to be very different to one that we had envisaged. The last thing anyone really needs is a Zombie Apocalypse – the world has enough problems as it is!!!