With Halloween just several days away I thought it would be appropriate to look at the phenomenon of our fascination with Zombie horror movies. Having written a screenplay myself I am well aware that the creative process often taps into the collective unconscious. There is something about Zombies (and other horror film creatures) that touches a powerful chord in us.
We instinctively sense something real and dangerous about the notion of Zombies. The human mind, which has a spiritual level of operation, perceives and distills a real and deeper horror portrayed by Zombies.
Yes, Zombies symbolize a threat to the human soul and our spiritual well-being. The terms “living dead” and “walking dead” represent soulless creatures that have a gruesome appetite for human brains. There is a theological message hidden in this symbolism.
While it is a horrific thought that a creature could munch on human brains, our souls sense something far worse. Having one’s brains eaten by a “dead” form of humanity symbolizes to our soul the horrible result of having one’s intelligence feeding a dead (false) belief system.
The story of Adam and Eve in Genesis actually depicts how people can become Zombies. If you are familiar with this biblical event then you know that God warned Adam and Eve not to eat fruit from a particular tree, or they would surely die. But they ate the fruit and seemingly remained alive.
But they disconnected themselves from God, which is spiritual death. This whole unfortunate event is predicated from Adam’s first being lonely and then put to “sleep.” During this sleep—in a state of diminished cognitive ability—God creates Eve from Adam’s rib. This operation cleverly symbolizes what happens when humans long to exalt self-prudence over God’s wisdom. A rib is relatively dead compared to the heart and lungs, which means that God permitted Adam to partner with something less vital (because it was longed for). Eve represents the love of self and egoism (which is like a supportive “wife” to such a false belief system). By eating the forbidden fruit, they “swallowed whole” the flawed idea that they had wisdom from self, rather than from God. As a result they became the walking dead.
A similar metaphor is expressed in horror movies showing people having their brains eaten by the living dead. Symbolically speaking, such victims represent souls who sacrifice their minds and values for a dead principle and become Zombies as well.
The real horror is that spiritual Zombies have multiplied throughout the world and take part in every aspect of human life. The only antidote is spiritual transformation and acknowledging that all LIFE comes from the Lord God in heaven.