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In return of the living dead the cause one of the Zombies said they eat brains cause it hurts to be dead they can feel there bodies rotting.

Zombies eat brains in the movies because that scares most people. Zombies eat brains so they can infect there zombie like state into the bodies of the living ie if you are bit you become a zombie


It would make a difference what type of zombie one was dealing with. For example, a juju zombie might eat brains because it is told to, as it requires no sustenance of any sort, being created by "magic". I'll assume that the question refers to infection zombies, often created by science in movies.

Now infection zombies are probably not literally dead, but rather have a strongly modified metabolism. This is indicated by the fact that they are disiccated (giving them the 'zombie' face) and the fact that they eat at all. It also explains why zombies are easier to throw around and break apart than regular people. It's probably some form of aneorobic digestion, or even direct absorption of neurochemicals and cells, probably in an attempt to rebuild or maintain their nerve cells and brain (some zombie movies show the recently converted as maintaining most of their faculties, suggesting living brain tissue). It makes more sense than eating flesh or fats when you have no metabolism to speak of and easier access to flesh and lipids than running screaming teenagers.

Additionally, it prevents zombies from massively multiplying since they tend to consume all the brain tissue of most of their targets before their fluids can 'gel'.



I read this after sitting in class wondering why zombies would eat brains, what happens after consumption, etc. Don't worry, I'm a professional. Or as professional as it gets. I'm a sixteen year old high school student and have watched multiple zombie movies, studied the art of blood and effect making, and follow George A. Romero's footsteps. I'm also the admin for 'I have thought at least once about what to do in a zombie invasion' on facebook.

Zombies are originally from legends that voodoo artists in Africa would conjure the dead to rise again and do his/her bidding. The legend doesn't specify, but in order to keep these unliving bodies under his control, he had to feed it parts of human flesh. Flesh or brains, doesn't specify.

George A. Romero was one of the first directors and writers to make this undead-based slave a topic in Horror; that this re-animated corpse would come in masses and take over the living population. In his third film, Day of the Dead, a mad scientist studies these zombies and comes up with theories as to why they want to eat.

The zombie 'virus' (also a topic of horror) kills the brain from front to back, but not the core where basic motor functions and primal instincts are governed. This is kept alive by the virus, thus the reason why zombies eat. Primal instincts being the system needs food to survive, not being specific in whether this food is brain, flesh, rat, mouse, etc.

With this in mind, I answer the question: Zombies aren't eating brains in particular, just basic any food that fills the belly. Yom yom Eat em up!

(Source: George A. Romero/Tom Savini movies)

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Many reasons. In some, to simply stay alive-they eat to survive like all animals. Their primal insttinct to eat is still intact, but the stomach doesn't work, so it can't say "stop eating people, I'm full', so it just keeps eating. In other movies, they don't eat them at all, just attack (usually in more recent films). There are some where the zombies possess intelligence and eat the flesh, brains in particular, to get rid of the pain of feeling themselves decompose</P>

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becasue they know that they are on there team

YOUR WRONG the flesh is already dead hence has no flavour and as they are idiots (most of the time) they dont cook it so they see no point !!!!

Actually my answer is; that zombies are undeads, and what are we? Living things right? Us, we eat things that are dead or non-living but we don't eat zombies, which makes the dead eats the living. The zombies are like vampires which i thirsty for blood or human organs

NO NO NO none of this is right

zombies acually do eat each other after a long time with no humans to eat and when a zombie bites another zombie they become human and then when that human is bitten the zombie that bite it becomes a human thus saving the world as we know it ETC.


please dont eat me

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Human beings are mostly water. Their tissues and fluids retain flavors and other residues from their blood. Their bones have a brittle quality. Their skin is warm and pliant. Thirst-quenching, well-seasoned, crunchy and yet chewy: People are the Elvis of snack food

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It is part of the virus that they have contracted. It causes abnormal psychotic behavior. And one of those behaviors is eating people.

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