Two of the biggest trends in entertainment in the past couple years have been vampires and zombies. You’ve got properties like The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, World War Z and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on one side and the True Bloods, Twilights, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunters on the other side.
You know, vampires have actually suffered in the past couple of years. Twilight has effectively made the mythical creature not cool and laugh-worthy. Sparkly vampires? For real. They still have one champion and that’s one of the best directors in America – Martin Scorsese.
GQ recently interviewed Scorsese and asked him the most pressing question of our time: Zombies or vampires? “The vampire thing always works for some reason. Always works,” he said told GQ. “I happen to like vampires more than zombies.” Perplexed, GQ asked why. “Well, a vampire, quite honestly, you could have a conversation with. He has a sexuality.”
Oh, well. That makes sense. You can’t really talk to a zombie, can you? “I mean the undead thing… Zombies, what are you going to do with them? Just keep chopping them up, shooting at them, shooting at them.” Scorsese told GQ.
This doesn’t mean that the director can’t enjoy a good zombie tale though, as he explains to GQ if it’s done right he can enjoy it.
It’s a whole other thing that apparently means a great deal to our culture and our society. There are many, many books written about it and many movies. I saw one in London when I was doing Hugo. I saw one late at night one weekend. It was called Colin, by a young filmmaker [Marc Price]. He shot it, I think, digitally by himself, edited it himself. It was savage. It had an energy that took the zombie idea to another level. Really interesting filmmaking. Disturbing.