The Zombie Apocalypse is here, and it has infected Hollywood stars and turned all your favorite icons into creepy, lurching, brain-sucking monsters — see what they look like.
Halloween is coming around, and with it all your favorite monsters and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. Among the ranks of the cursed, damned, undead, or just downright evil is our common-or-garden variety zombie.
For decades, zombies were sadly neglected, relegated to playing bit parts in B movies where the true baddie was a medical genius with a satanical cackle, or as extras in Michael Jackson videos. Still, now they have come into their own and taken Hollywood as their playground.
Halle Berry at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images
FEAR THE FAMOUS DEAD
The zombies have ousted the sensual, seductive vampires and the hairy, admittedly-sexier werewolves as Hollywood's favorite monster, with hit series like "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Z Nation," and dozens of z-xploitation movies.
Of course, the heroes are never zombies. The famous actor or actress is always cast as the intrepid zombie slayer, and we thought it was time for a little payback. With the help of a little Z-magic, we turned six Hollywood celebrities into zombies, and it was quite an eye-opener.
Pamela Anderson's fans will never ever forgive us, and that is because they will never be able to look at the stunning blond again and unsee her as a creepy, utterly unsexy undead
Tom Hanks as a zombie | Source: Getty Images
WHAT A NICE ZOMBIE
We present to you your favorite celebrities as you've never imagined them, as zombies, stripped of their attractions and charm: just the average skull-sucking, rotting, uncharming undead.
We tried our best, but Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks does not make an evil zombie. Even with his glowing eyes and cadaverous grin, you can just sense he will be polite and considerate even as he chomps on your cerebellum. That's just who he is.
Duane "Dog" Chapman as a zombie | Source: Getty Images
ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER
On the other hand, if you ever want to cast a truly terrifying horror film featuring a zombie bounty hunter, call reality star Duane "Dog" Chapman. He not only already has the requisite work experience, but he also looks really scary without his sunglasses.
In real life, we suspect that Dog wears those sunglasses because his big puppy dog eyes make him look "soft," but in his new zombie persona, with those filmy white eyes, he would never need to draw a gun on his bounties — and his hairstyle is perfect.
Serena Williams as a zombie | Source: Getty Images
Serena Williams as a zombie looks as determined and energetic as she does in real life. You just know looking at her that she is not going to be shuffling after you clumsily, arms extended.
Serena is going to be moving fast, faster than greased lightning, and you will never, ever escape the woman some consider the greatest tennis player of all time. Oh, and when she gets you? She'll be smiling...
Chris Brown as a zombie | Source: Getty Images
Meet the ultimate Mr. Cool, zombie-style. Yes, it's Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer, actor, and songwriter Chris Brown. The dude has such cool moves that a little thing like a zombie virus would never cramp his style.
Chris is going to be rapping and snapping his fingers as he comes for you, maybe even singing "I Can Transform Ya" under his breath, just to add a little pizazz to the whole undead experience. You'd better lock up!
Pamela Andersen as a zombie | Source: Getty Images
Pamela Anderson's fans will never ever forgive us, and that is because they will never be able to look at the stunning blond again and unsee her as a creepy, utterly unsexy undead.
Yes, she could be bouncing down the beach in that "Baywatch" costume, and you'd still be shuddering. The glorious Pamela, half-bald, with zombie eyes and black goo oozing out of her luscious lips, will not have them lining up at the Kissing Booth.
Halle Berry as a zombie | Source: Getty Images
THE QUEEN OF THE ZOMBIES
We have to admit that the woman really does look good anywhere, anytime, in anything. Even zombification cannot strip Oscar winner Halle Berry of her cool sensuality. Whatever Halle's got, we want it, and we don't mean the zombie virus.
The "Monster's Ball" actress makes becoming a zombie look like the fashion choice of the day, as the Queen of the Borg somehow made being a planet-destroying cyborg seductive in "Star Trek: First Contact." The Borg were sort of like zombies, weren't they? We want to see that movie, starring Halle Berry.
Still from "Night of the Living Dead" 1968 | Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Direction and cinematography both by George A. Romero, Zombies NightoftheLivingDead, marked as public domain
WHAT IS A ZOMBIE?
Now that we've transformed our celebrities, let's answer the question: What exactly is a zombie? Tales of the walking dead have been around for millennia, but the "modern" zombie first surfaced in Haiti, in the tales told by African slaves.
Zombies were the dead reanimated by evil Voudoun sorcerers and forced to work for them until their rotting bodies fell apart — an excellent metaphor for slavery if there ever was one.
LIBERATION OF THE ZOMBIES
The zombie legend was always linked to slavery and forced labor, that is until Hollywood highjacked zombies in the 1930s and made them sexy with the first zombie movie ever, "The White Zombie," starring the iconic Bela Lugosi as the evil zombie master.
In the 50s, zombies took off with "Plan 9 From Outer Space," but it was in the 60s that George Romero launched the Zombie Apocalypse with the "Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead," and "Day of the Dead." The zombies were no longer victims; they came into their own as undead villains.