The concept of zombies isn’t a made-up story for a Hollywood blockbuster, it is real, and it is a threat to our very existence if it gets out of hand. Both scientists and Channel 5 are frequently warning us about the prospect of the dead rising up and chasing after us. Over 500 films have been made about the living dead and their need for sustenance so we all know it’s just a matter of time until the zombies show up.
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film depicting the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious rage virus. In real life, a series of brain disorders exists that could potentially create victims like those depicted in this film. The survival horror video game Resident Evil made its debut on the PlayStation in 1996. The basic concept was of a special military unit fighting a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. The game and its sequels proved to be so popular that five live action films have been released under the title of Resident Evil. While the infamous T-Virus is totally fiction the idea behind it is not. Half of the world’s human population is now infected with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that can turn victims into mindless, zombie-like slaves.
Higher up on the plausibility scale is the prospects of robot zombies made of cyborg tissue – think Robocop and Universal Soldier, or Jake, the cyborg in PlayStation 2′s Nano Breaker. All terrifying creatures manufactured in Hollywood, but bio-engineers at Harvard University have already admitted to creating cyborg tissue. With rogue governments out there, that have nothing but money and time on their hands, production of a mindless army of zombies could be quite easy. Wish.co.uk have put together a frightening infographic illustrating the facts that a zombie invasion could happen at any time.