A little something for all hallows eve here…

Are zombies possible? Can the dead walk?

Not talking about video games, politics or movies though they give some great examples.

What’s your thoughts on this in a medical view point?


types to think about :

1.) fresh from the grave - example: "Night of the living dead"

2.) biochemical - example: "Dawn of the dead" - "The walking dead"

3.) Plague - example: "resident evil" - "28 days"


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Just putting this out there, there is no cause for zombies in The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead is because hell is full and the dead walk the earth, Night of the living dead is radiation, and, while scary, 28 days is a Sandra Bullock movie, 28 days later is an infection movie caused by a virus. Not so much zombies but still damn cool.  :)


Back to the subject at hand, as much as I love all things zombies, I can't see it ever happening. The Rage virus in 28 days later would be the one I think bears the more possibility, however slim. The human brain is a delicate thing, and who's to say what it is or isn't possible of. I don't think it could ever be as dramatic or violent as the movie, but that's what makes it a good movie. 

Actually there is a cause in "the walking dead" if you saw the last episode of the first season at the CDC they gave it there... They didn't in the graphic novel ( that i remember).

On Romero's zombie movies unfortunately there all continuations of the social commentary .. in some of them he hinted at radiation but I am not shure.. gota watch them again...

And yes 28 days is the most likely, but I just remembered "the serpent and the rainbow" Voodoo zombies now they have been proven and are almost harmless non flesh eaters...

Hey your side tracking me j/k I can talk zombie all day long

I can post my theorys but i was curious to see what others thought first...

I read an interview with Robert Kirkman where he said he hadn't decided what the cause was, but the show is taking a different path. I do however seem to recall mention of a man made weaponized virus in the episode you're referring to.  


My favorite is Return of the living dead, where it was caused by a barrel of toxic slime rolling into the graveyard.

They have been doing an after the show discussion called "The talking dead" with this season its both of them with an host explaining the series. haven't you been watching ?

favorite here is "Shawn of the dead" budada! budada! uuuhhhhh,,,,,,

I have been it's great!  Shaun is my all time favorite movie. ROTLD is just my favorite cause of zombies

Well I was wrong. Just watched Return of the Living Dead again, and the cause was a crop dusting chemical, which was then spread through the rain via smoke. I forgot how "scary" these zombies are, they talk, they think, they run, they use tools and machines and aren't killed by trauma to the brain. 

i believe there was one of the series that had that as a catalyst, i think it was the first remake of "night of the living dead" ...

yea even when you chopped them up they still came after you ! great flick


I have seen the dead walking.


Every Friday afternoon at work.

Yea me too...

Don't forget the Monday morning stumble in zombie.


Yea! Forgot about the zombie ants. yes that was a very interesting find my wife actually pointed that one out to me...

humm..  rabies (googleing for average symptom to death time)

Signs and symptoms

Patient with rabies, 1959

The period between infection and the first flu-like symptoms is normally two to twelve weeks, but can be as long as two years. Soon after, the symptoms expand to slight or partial paralysis, cerebral dysfunction, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, hallucinations, progressing to delirium.[2][7] The production of large quantities of saliva and tears coupled with an inability to speak or swallow are typical during the later stages of the disease; this can result in hydrophobia, in which the patient has difficulty swallowing because the throat and jaw become slowly paralyzed, shows panic when presented with liquids to drink, and cannot quench his or her thirst.

Death almost invariably results two to ten days after first symptoms. In 2005, the first patient was treated with the Milwaukee protocol,[8] and Jeanna Giese became the first person ever recorded to survive rabies without receiving successful post-exposure prophylaxis. An intention to treat analysis has since found that this protocol has a survival rate of about 8%.[9] The results of this study are, however, under serious contention and clinical rabies should still be regarded as incurable at present.


yes i can defiantly see a chance of that.... it would have to be allot more viral though.

fungus among us.... now i can see a good movie coming out, but I would lean toward mold first.

yea unless the government screws up (or on purpose) releases something.....

The only slightly logical possibility of zombies is through a rabies like virus in 28 days . the main thing is that it is impossible for a virus to incubate within seconds like it is showen in the movie..


The other thing they leave out is that any virus which causes uncontrolable rage would leave the zombies attacking and killing each other

The other thing they leave out is that any virus which causes uncontrolable rage would leave the zombies attacking and killing each other


It would make sense for the virus to have some sort of genetic code against the host attacking other infected specimens, for the sake of its propagation.  Granted, it may not be very biologically likely. 


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