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Zombies unlike Dracula Werewolf and witches have a relatively short history The original zombies have nothing to do with the modern day flesh eating and brain desiring zombies The zombies originally come from the Haiti culture The Haiti witch doctors would drug their victims make them appeared to be dead but actually very much alive and conscious Then later the witch doctor would go back to the grave site and dig up their victims and give them more drugs and sometimes a savage beating in order to enslave their victims Although the word zombie originate relatively late another modern day zombie like creature named ghoul certainly has a far more ancient root Its first mentioned in the 9th century Arab folk lore collection named One thousand and one nights Ghouls often rise from abandoned house and graveyard They attack small children and lone travelers then consume their flesh and were able to Shapeshifting into anything they consumed as sometimes they would consume dead flesh in the graveyard they would often take the shape of dead corpses However some literatures like the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley I am legend by Richard Matheson and Herbert West the Reanimator by H P Lovecraft definitely made a contribution to the rise of modern day zombies by adding in the come back to life factor the infection factor and uncontrollable rage and desire for human brain and flesh so in the end that as zombie hordes gets bigger and bigger it begin to overwhelm human civilization The first real zombie film was George Romeros the Night of the Living Dead Romero went on to direct several other zombie films Night of the Living Dead has all the elements of modern day zombie culture except for that most zombie films now have quick zombies which means zombies can run and jump now days But still the
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