Zombie Movies Prepared You for the Pandemic

[Research reveals] that an individual's enjoyment of horror films could have better prepared them for the COVID-19 pandemic as opposed to others who do not enjoy frightening entertainment.

"My latest research collaboration was unique in that my colleagues wanted to identify factors beyond personality that contributed to people's psychological preparedness and resilience in the face of the pandemic," Johnson explained. "After factoring out personality influences, which were actually quite strong, we found that the more movies about zombies, alien invasions and apocalyptic pandemics people had seen prior to COVID-19, the better they dealt with the actual, current pandemic. These kinds of movies apparently serve as mental rehearsal for actual events.

To me, this implicates an even more important message about stories in general -- whether in books, movies or plays. Stories are not just entertainment, but preparation for life."

Personally, I never want to see a god damned zombie movie again as long as I live, but I was kind of there already even before the pandemic, because I was so sick to death of how terrible The Walking Dead and its spinoffs were.

But I will make an exception for the first zombie movie that focuses on zombie denialists.

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5 Responses:

  1. Nik Borton says:

    Would an anti-They Live! where the sunglasses obscure the messaging and aliens from the conscious, and half the population happily wear them, hit too close to home?

  2. mhoye says:

    Zombie denialists, people wearing shirts saying "Zombies, Bite Me" because they're clever, somebody on TV saying they were bitten by a cat once and it wasn't a big deal, Herd Zombie Immunity people, Christmas Dinner After The Megachurch Ceremonies With Everyone Including That One Person Who Has Clearly Been Bitten But Not Told Anyone... I think the idea's got twisted, shambling legs.

  3. Mario says:

    Good to see that Psychology has shrugged off the replication crisis by, well, just ignoring it. Takes like these are just to good to not be dismissed out of hand is implausible.

    The few movies of this kind that I have watched do not center around the heros hiding somewhere until the danger has passed.

  4. Lloyd says:

    The "I'm in disguise and unrecognisable!" selfies that Jamie posts just keep getting weirder.

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