10 People We'd Like to See Reanimated as Zombies

February 6, 2013

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The Walking Dead is a phenomenon unto itself, but it's also part of our larger cultural obsession with all things zombie. And while some people have anxiety over the possibility of a zombie apocalypse, we actually welcome the idea of the undead coming back to life. There are a lot of amazing people from our history that we'd like to see reanimated, even if it would mean our doom.

With that, here are ten people we'd love to see crawl out of their graves and feast on the living.

Steve McQueen

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"BULLLLLLLLIIIIIIIIIIIT!" In our opinion, it's a cooler zombie cry than "BRAAAAAIIIIIINS." Zombies are popular, but over-exposure has their hipness on the wane. This would certainly bring some of it back.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Can you doubt the greatness of the master? We're sure he'd be a natural at being undead just as he was at composing Classical music. On a related note, there would absolutely have to be a Zombie Salieri fuming in the background wherever Zombie Mozart roamed.

Che Guevara

Zombie Che doesn't care that you have his face on your t-shirt or dorm room poster! Perhaps, after all the living are wiped off the planet, he could lead a revolution against the inevitable upper-class that would develop in zombie society.

Ernest Hemingway

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Because the best brain-eating is a short, declarative brain eating. He'd be no nonsense and just get straight to the point. Of a person's skull.

James Brown

The hardest working zombie in the afterlife. There's something about the image of him breaking down and being led away by a zombie friend only to throw off his cape and do a little dance before resuming his rampage that makes us smile.

A Frankenstein's Monster Made up of Parts of All the Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges

This is a bit of a cheat, but if you really think about it, Frankenstein's Monster is really just a super zombie. So let's count it and put together the two greatest familial comedy units in history. Combine the timing and wit of the Marx Brothers with the slapstick and unbridled lunacy of the Stooges, and you get one frighteningly hilarious creature.

Leonardo da Vinci

The concept of a "Renaissance Man" is modeled after da Vinci, who was a man far ahead of his time and seemed as if he excelled in any and all areas he decided to pursue. We have no doubt that this would translate to his resurrection and make him an artful, meticulous, and brilliant eater of people's brains.

Nikola Tesla

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Combine a zombie and a brilliant inventor and what do you get? Possibly the greatest zombie of all time. Imagine combining the wiles of a mad scientist with the unstoppable rage of an undead creature. Actually, this would make a great movie. Hey, if anyone makes this movie, we're going to sue!

Genghis Khan

A zombie horde is terrifying enough. A zombie horde led by the greatest conqueror in history? Now that's a scary thought. They say that one in two hundred men alive today are direct descendants of Genghis Khan. That number would likely explode if you include all the people he'd infect.

King Richard III

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Evil Zombie King Richard would be great not just for the absolute havoc he would wreak, but also to see his reaction to finding out that he went from being King of England to being found under a parking lot.

Here's hoping we see these zombies when the end does come. Because if we're all going to die anyway, it might as well be interesting. Who wants to get eaten by a guy whose greatest accomplishment was a killing spree during an online session of Halo?

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Who would you like to see as a zombie and why? Let us know in the comments!

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