Zombies Need A Rework
Zombies aren't scary... I'm sorry. The only ones that really come close are the ones from the 28 Days Later series because they actually run at you and that is scary seeing as though their not likely to lose breath and are fueled only by rage and hunger.
Three ways to make them scary?
1) FAST zombies works pretty well.
2) The Contagion Factor
Normally, a zombie has to get under your skin or mix fluids with you for you to become infected. However, what if the zombie virus was so contagious that everything the zombie came into contact with was infected And what if the zombie virus could survive outside of a body for abnormally long periods of time. Why would this be so scary? Extreme paranoia. You'd never know where the zombies have been. You'd literally have to give ground simply from fear of infection. Whole cities might have to be torched because zombies are so thick you can't be sure what is and isn't safe. Dust is human skin. So what about zombie leavings? Plus, there'd be no freakin way you'd ever try getting close up to a zombie. The survival rate would be abysmal.
And fire? We'll, while it might kill that particular zombie, you've just sent a bunch of zombie particles into the air. You smell what I'm cooking? By making them super contagious, and almost unapproachable and unassailable except from a distance, you've thoroughly increased the threat. It's not the zombie that's the most dangerous thing- the zombie is only the carrier for the real monster- the virus. A super-contagious, super-sustained virus. But what's the next worse thing...
3. Evolving Viruses
Yeah. Imagine that this virus now has the ability to evolve to the threat that is humanity. Now, this is an open question since the possibilities for how one living organism meets a challenge can be many.I'm thinking something akin to resident evil without being so...flamboyant.
That's all. Zombies are lame. Human drama too sappy. Need rework so it can be a monster movie and not a soap opera.