why are they eating people? As everyone [now] knows, they don’t process nutrients or really need to feed, but instead their actions are based on pure instinct. After some deep thinking on existential zombie issues, I came to the conclusion that really, it’s all just an excuse to show the effects of the "mob mentality" by way of the undead tearing someone apart. " /> why are they eating people? As everyone [now] knows, they don’t process nutrients or really need to feed, but instead their actions are based on pure instinct. After some deep thinking on existential zombie issues, I came to the conclusion that really, it’s all just an excuse to show the effects of the "mob mentality" by way of the undead tearing someone apart. "/>

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  • Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes

    Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes

    February 24, 2010, 8:40 am
    George A. Romero is the man responsible for truly putting a philosophical twist on the motivations behind the "Zombie" by asking the question: just <em>why</em> are they eating people? As everyone [now] knows, they don’t process nutrients or really need to feed, but instead their actions are based on pure instinct. After some deep thinking on existential zombie issues, I came to the conclusion that really, it’s all just an excuse to show the effects of the "mob mentality" by way of the undead tearing someone apart.

    WARNING: This particular article contains graphic content— I did my best to choose screencaps that weren’t too gory, but really, when the focus of the scene at hand involves innards being eating it’s a little hard to get around...
    Criteria:
    -Mob of zombies must be eating a freshly dead human (bonus points for the human being ripped apart alive— and whole)
    -Editing must not only follow the usual montage practices but aid in the special effects— selling the frenzy
    -BLOOD AND GUTS! ...and ZOMBIES... and BRAAAIIIINNNNSS!!
    Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes
    5. Zombi 2 (AKA Zombie) (1972)

    This frenzy scene is particularly short and frankly... not that much of a "frenzy". But it’s so creepy that it’s worth a mention. The main characters look through some horizontal door slits and watch in horror as they see a small group of zombies having a (rather sombre and civilized) meal consisting of woman parts. What’s creepy about it is the pacing— the montage is adequate and the effects are more than decent (it’s pretty disgusting), but the timing between each cut matches how the zombies chew so perfectly that I felt the hairs on the back of my neck crawl.
    Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes
    4. Dead Alive (AKA Braindead) (1992)

    This one gets a special mention because it has two "feeding" scenes. One is the obligatory multi-shot scene of different zombies around the room eating overly-bloody body parts (which is nicely edited, and actually quite scary within such an overtly goofy film), and the other is a bunch of zombies sitting around a dining room table having lunch (sort of). The zombie-luncheon also gets bonus points for turning into a zombie-orgy. Bottom line, if you haven’t seen this film, and can handle some really gross stuff, then you should see it— its cult status paved the way for Peter Jackson to make films like King Kong. *insert "wow that’s quite a jump" face here.*
    Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes
    3. Day of the Dead (1985)

    Day of the Dead is the ultimate existential zombie trip. It also includes probably the best and most convincing portrayal of someone getting completely torn apart by bare-handed zombies of any film out there. Thankfully, by that point in the film we’re basically rooting for the zombies... that guy had it coming. Editing-wise, however, it lacks thoughtfulness in montage, probably because the focus was more on the gore than Eisenstein. Also, for a movie that takes itself so seriously (and actually sells it without being too cheesy in a bad way), I find it a little too far-fetched that the guy would still be conscious and screaming after being literally torn in half for 20 seconds (yes count it.. it’s a long time). This ultimately takes me out of the scene. Then again, maybe I’m taking it a little too seriously. (PS: bonus points for Bub, the most sympathetic zombie ever.)
    Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes
    2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

    In the scene where Liz’s friend David gets torn apart (in a similar fashion as when Captain Rhodes gets shredded in the Day of the Dead scene mentioned above) the editing helps to make it feel truly like a frenzy. It’s fast-paced, frantic (in a good-controlled way) and effectively uses zoom in jump cuts so that they are accenting and emphasizing rather than jarring.
    Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes
    1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    This is not only one of the longest zombie feeding frenzy scenes you’ll find, but it’s also the most interesting and effective. There are multiple people being torn apart and eaten, and the cutting fast-paced without the scene feeling rushed. In fact, something interesting to note about the pacing of this scene is that it feels like it takes forever— putting you in the shoes of the person being eaten. Two lines simultaneously go through your head as you watch: "Oh god, the pain! The torture! Death is long and terrible!" and "AHHH! There are so many hands! Frantic! Overwhelming!" It’s fast and slow all the same time. It’s a little hard for me to convey in a short paragraph, so you’ll just have to watch it.
    A very special thanks for help with this post goes out to Craig— my go to guy for horror movie knowledge.

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