Protests have erupted across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are protesting the government’s social distancing restrictions. Images from these protests look awfully familiar to horror film directors.
As protesters began to pile up at the windows of the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Joshua Bickel captured it all. One photo in particular has shuffled around the internet because of how much it looks like a zombie apocalypse horror film sequence. The dark-toned photo perfectly captures the eerie emotions that much of the world is feeling right now. Some of us are simply trying to grasp the idea that these people in the photo really want to open the country back up.
According to their expressions, they want to open it up pretty bad.
But, don’t take my word for it. Hollywood director, Michael Satrazemis thinks that the photo looks very familiar. He says its something you’d see on “The Walking Dead” or “Fear the Walking Dead”. He highlights the horror-styled tone of this photo as a visual trope called “Classic Horror”. The trope makes viewers “feel the walls are closing in and the world is shrinking around you. And there’s no way out,” Satrazemis shares.
Actor in the 1978 film ‘Dawn of the Dead’, Tom Savini chimed in too. “The zombies were all sorts of types of people. There was a guy in a suit, like he had come directly from the funeral home. There were football players. Clowns. A woman in a wedding dress,” says Savini. “It’s very, very similar to ‘Dawn of the Dead.’ ”
Opening the country again. Already?
It’s hard to believe because the person leading the country’s re-opening is the same person who halted immigration. That was done because of “coronavirus fears”, according to CNN.
As it stands today, coronavirus has infected over 2.5 million people worldwide. Domestically, we are nearing the 1 million infected patient mark. There hav ebeen over 175,000 coronavirus-related deaths across the world, 44,000 domestically. Many officials agree that it is too early to re-open the country.
“I caution those elected officials that practicing physical distancing has worked to keep those numbers relatively modest in terms of growth, but if we pull back too quickly, those numbers will go through the roof,” Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom advises.
Let’s hope that our government is not prematurely opening the country and killing by the thousands. It may not feel like it sometimes, but money does not Trump human life.
Pun slightly intended.