Dye of the Dead

Nothing puts a smile on my face faster than watching zombie movies, particularly those directed by George Romero, or those directly linked to his work. However, if you’re like me, you sometimes have a hard time keeping track of which zombies belong to what film. Even within the same film, Romero zombies don’t always behave the same. Some move fast, some move slow, some are mindless, some have remnants of their former personalities, some look almost human, some are little more than piles of goo. It becomes even more confusing once you begin considering those films within the Romero universe, but not created by Romero himself (e.g. the remakes and the insultingly bizarre Day of the Dead 2: Contagion). I therefore present the only safe and guaranteed method of quickly identifying a Romero zombie. You can easily and conveniently place a particular zombie in its appropriate film by simply identifying its color. In fact, by color coding Romero’s zombies, it becomes clear that, much like clothing, certain colors are more fashionable for zombies depending on the decade. The “smurf blue” of the late 70s gives way to the “cuticle pink” of the 2005 zombie season, followed by a return to the old fashioned “baby food green” of 2008. If zombie hues continue to follow this retro trend, I predict zombies will once again be blueberry colored as they were in 1970s by the year 2035, probably right around the time they’ll be doing a second remake of Diary of the Dead (shudder).

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

1950s Black And White
Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Smurf Blue
Day of the Dead (1985)

Dry Mold Green
Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Rotting Pumpkin
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Banana Slug Yellow
Land of the Dead (2005)

Cuticle Pink
Day of the Dead 2: Contagion (2005)

Diary of the Dead (2007)

Apple Pie Crust Brown
Day of the Dead (2008)

Baby Food Green

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