“There’s a lot of ways to get to know a person. Eating her dead boyfriend’s brains is one of the more unorthodox methods.”
It was Dan O’Bannon who introduced brain eating zombies in Return of the Living Dead. This was also one of the few films where the zombies have any capacity for speech and where zombies moaning ‘Brains’ came from.
O’Bannon’s type of zombie has often been parodied over the years, which probably accounts for their popularity and is why the idea of zombies eating brains is so prevalent.
Why do zombies eat brains?
Nothing could be simpler: Brains provide zombies with the necessary endorphins to dull the pain of Rigor Mortis brought about by decomposition. The more brains, the less pain. In some ways, zombies get a high consuming the delicacy. And with that idea in mind, is it a wonder no one thought of it sooner?
Find out more with this collection of fun facts and a colorful diagram of the brain. Kids can learn new terms and vocabulary words as they explore the fascinating features of our complicated bodies.
You can download the fact sheet here: doc