Kinemortophobia is often considered a joke where, in reality, it is a very real phobia. Kinemortophobics are terrified of zombies, or are afraid of turning into zombies. The word is derived from Greek “Kine” which means “to move”, Latin “mort” meaning dead, combined together to form Kinemorto which means the “Walking dead”.
People having zombie- phobia are so terrified of “the walking dead” that even if someone does an imitation or impression of zombies (stiff walk, arms out, face paint, incoherent talk, groaning etc) they experience a full blown panic attack. Most Kinemortophobics lose sleep over this fear and fail to understand our cultural fascination with zombies.
Causes of Kinemortophobia
The word Zombie is derived from “Zombi” or ‘Nzambi the Serpent God’ in African tradition. This God is evoked during voodoo rituals which constitute trapping a person’s soul in a bottle. There is a belief, that only if one’s soul is reclaimed by God, can he (the dead person) achieve peace. If not, s/he comes back as a soulless entity that is completely under the control of the person who has trapped him.
Researchers have actually delved deep into these ritualistic zombifications. Many conclude that the traditions practiced in remote islands of Haiti an Africa actually use psychotropic drugs to induce a state of suspended animation in the subject who is then completely at the beck and call of others.
Zombies are naturally considered the equivalent of ghosts, so those with an intense fear of ghosts are more likely to suffer from Kinemortophobia.
Pop culture is one of the most important triggers of the fear of zombies. Movies like, “The Night of The Living Dead” (released in 1968 and considered the Granddaddy of all modern Zombie movies), ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘World War Z’, Zombieland and Warm Bodies (as well as hundreds of others) have explored the subject of zombies. Most depict a post-apocalyptic setting where large numbers of the population have turned into brain eating Zombies while the remaining handful normal ones are pitted against them in an effort to stay alive.
The concept of zombies eating the flesh or brains of humans perhaps delves into our evolutionary fear of cannibalism apart from our eternal Fear of Death.
Our cultural fascination about zombies is not restricted to books, movies and TV shows alone. Even Theme parks have rides based on the Zombie theme. Halloween which is a million dollar industry in the west also plays upon this theme. Video Games like Resident Evil pitch the players against these creatures. Even songs about Zombies (The Cranberries) (though it has nothing to do with the living dead), could trigger zombie phobia in anxious minded individuals.
As with all other phobias, the fear of zombies can be traced back to negative or traumatic episode related to these living-dead-brain-eating cannibals. A child might have been scared after watching a movie or reading a book on Zombies. An older sibling or friend might have dressed up as one to terrify the child. Halloween might have exacerbated this fear when nearly everyone around is dressed up as a Zombie.
Symptoms of fear of zombies
Like most other specific phobias, the fear of zombies also leads to variety of physical and emotional symptoms:
- Full blown panic attack: screaming, crying, shaking uncontrollably, sweating or feeling nauseated etc. Elevated heart rate, rapid breathing and ‘stomach in knots’ feeling is also reported by Kinemortophobes.
- The phobic might avoid all things related to zombies: movies, books, games etc.
- They often have trouble sleeping. Nightmares are common symptoms of zombie-phobia. The lack of sleep often leads to stress, inability to concentrate in school or at work etc.
- Often the individual is unable to express his fears: he might feel numb or detached from reality, or have constant thoughts or movie-like stills playing through his mind.
In extreme cases, the person might become socially withdrawn or depressed. S/he might avoid friends who tease him/her about the phobia. Sleepovers and Halloweens can be especially traumatic for such individuals.
Overcoming the fear of zombies
First of all, understand that Kinemortophobia is a very real phobia and there are hundreds of thousands of people, including adults, children and teens, suffering from it.
Face your fear– Admit you have a problem and talk to someone about it. It could be a parent, a close friend, a teacher or a professional.
Examine your fear– What are its roots? What triggers the phobia? Is it movies, books or games? Then try and avoid those things as far as possible. The converse is also effective. You could try to expose yourself to zombies in the form of watching zombie movies (preferably during the day with people around) or reading about them and so on. This can help gradually desensitize you about these creatures.
Relax– If you start feeling anxious; try deep breathing or meditation. Focus on your breath and relax your muscles. Make yourself a cup of soothing tea or have some warm milk. This can also help you sleep better in case recurrent nightmares are plaguing you.
Get help– If needed, consult a trained psychotherapist regarding your phobia. Hypnotherapy and NLP therapy are proven to get to the root of the fear in order to reprogram your mind and its response to zombies.
These are some ways to permanently overcome Kinemortophobia.
I’ve had this phobia for as long as I can remember, so I don’t know exactly what the root of it is, but I do remember running from the living room screaming whenever a zombie would appear on TV – several memorable moments include the TV commercials for the Zombies Ate My Neighbors video game and channel surfing one night when some movie channel was showing the Night of the Living Dead remake (which I didn’t know they were doing) and running screaming from the living room when I landed on that channel just as a pair of zombies were lunging at the camera.
I eventually screwed up my courage, rented Resident Evil 2 on N64 from Blockbuster one weekend, and forced myself to face my phobia and get over it. It worked like a charm, too, though there were several times when I had to pause the game and take a mental break because my emotions were getting far too intense. I did try to ease the tension by making little jokes like approaching a door I hadn’t gone through yet and saying to myself, “Okay, you got this, ready for battle!” then whimpering to myself, “No, no, I’m not!”
That was also around the time the first Paul Anderson Resident Evil movie was coming out, so watching that in the theater also helped a great deal. Now I love good zombie media and can’t get enough of it.
I have posted some comments for others on here, but I also feel like I need help myself. I have woken up from several zombie nightmares that I have had this week, and they have caused me to wake up at ungodly hours. 1st time at 12:00, 2nd 4:25, 3rd around 2:00, and the most recent 4th one, at 1:00, I can no longer go upstairs without a flashlight and my teddy bear. I think my sister’s cat knows I have these nightmares because every night now, she comes and sleeps with me, and when I wake up, she leaves my room and walks through the basement, then comes back and sits on me. She also will follow me upstairs and doesn’t leave me until I am back in bed, and she sleeps on me. I find it a little strange, but it also makes me feel safer since I don’t have a door in my room, which terrifies me. Please help me. I want to sleep again.
Also (I forgot to add this), I had zombie nightmares before, but only whenever I watched a zombie movie. My parents have tried to help me by making the whole family watch Zomboat, and anytime I have nightmares and tell them about it, they tell me to remember Zomboat and how funny it was, and this has only helped with me being scared of zombies during the day. I have not watched any Zombies movies lately. Don’t mind if a word or sentence doesn’t make sense. I am trying to write this while lying down cause my sister’s cat is on me.
I’m also very scared of zombies, and the fear came up very recently, like one week ago. I’ve always been scared of zombies, but the fear really sparked when my cousin’s dog got a very rare skin disease, making her look like a zombie. One of my cousins was constantly joking about it, and I told them of my fear. They’ve been making fun of me ever since, and the night I confessed that fear and grew the phobia, I couldn’t sleep. The whole night I was shaking, and I felt like I was going to throw up. Whenever someone moved or breathed, I had a panic attack until I couldn’t take it anymore and turned on the lights to wake everyone up.
I really need help with this because my family loves to travel to places in forests, which look like the perfect creepy surrounding for a zombie attack at night, so I hardly sleep anymore. If anyone has any advice, please share it because I’m shaking while I’m writing this comment, even though it is 7:15 PM where I am.
noah bagley says
Talk to God about it. There’s a scripture that says cast all your cares on Jesus. I had a terrible fear of spiders, but I prayed and cast my cares on the lord. I still don’t love spiders, but I’m not scared of them, so consult about it with God. It’ll do you a world of good.
Please do not pray to Jesus. Many of his followers are misguided and would like to see his resurrection. We all know what happens when someone rises from the dead. Don’t let people tell you that you are irrational. I, for one, do not want to experience a zombie version of God’s son. Spirituality is fine but be careful when praying to a single deity.
God is the only people or lord I talk to about this, and reading this comment makes it kinda scary to talk to him. Please reconsider your words sometimes.
If you watch a zombie movie, you will see that zombies like to be in cities, so I think you being in the forests with your family means that you are safer than in a city. Also, you could talk to an adult about it and what you could do about it, or you can do what I do and remind yourself that zombies aren’t real, and if they were, the military should be able to kill them before anything major happens. I hope this helps.
Hayson Chen says
Thanks for helping. After reading your comment, I felt a little better. I recently watched a zombie show, which really terrified me. What scares me the most is that a zombie outbreak would happen, which could be the end of the world.
Whenever I hear a noise in my room, I’m just paralyzed in my bed, trying not to breathe or have a panic attack while listening for any more noises. It’s annoying because whenever that happens, my heart beats REALLY fast and loud, so I can’t hear anything but my heart. I’m really paranoid to the point that I have a bag with a knife, lighter, batteries, flashlight, and other things in it for when it happens, and a knife next to my bed in case, well, IT happens.
I honestly don’t know how long I’ve had this phobia. I still have it. I’m 11, and I have the same fear. Zombies TERRIFY me. I do hope maybe one day me and you and also the others who have kinemortophobia can face this fear.
I’m 26, and I had this phobia from about 10 until I was about 21/22. It started when I watched Shaun of The Dead with my brother and dad. And I had intense nausea for the next week, stomach cramps so bad I could barely walk, let alone eat. Nightmares plagued me for years, and I would wake up in cold sweats. My ex-boyfriend loved watching the walking dead, and even hearing the audio was enough to fill me full of dread. My phobia was so bad I couldn’t even look at the zombie outside the haunted house ride at Alton Towers, and I would close my eyes and hold onto my dad until we’d passed it. Driving at night through country roads with my dad would absolutely terrify me because I was just imagining seeing a zombie in the woods or on the road. Personally, I got over my fear by watching the walking dead at my ex-boyfriend’s house by myself during the day. And I think I just desensitized myself to it. I think the more you avoid it, the more hold the fear has over you because it’s ruling your life and stopping you from doing everyday things, and you’re working it up into a massive thing. I will watch zombie films with my partner now, and they don’t bother me at all, including world war Z and that new one set in Las Vegas. Try not to let it rule your life. I would definitely recommend watching a few episodes of the walking dead with somebody. You might even enjoy it. But also stop worrying. A zombie apocalypse is something that will never happen. And that’s a fact. Don’t listen to conspiracies.
Liam Romero says
I’m 17 and have an awful case of kinemortophobia. The way it started is so dumb, but I watched the music video to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and it terrified me. I was about 8 years old. Ever since then, my fear has been growing rather than decreasing. Even though they scare me so much, I find myself obsessed with zombie media and death in general. It doesn’t help that my mom’s favorite show is The Walking Dead. Whenever she watches it I get sucked in and I can’t look away and it always sends me into a panic attack. I cannot fall asleep at night without some sort of music/podcast/tv show playing because otherwise my thoughts always turn to different awful zombie scenarios. I regularly have nightmares about the apocalypse starting and me and the people I care about getting eaten alive. I hate being in the dark because the shadows and figures always start to form zombies in my eyes. I can’t go outside at night because every time I see a person I panic and actually believe that the end has come. I am terrified any time a family member leaves the house at night, because what if they get eaten, or what if they’re bitten and come back inside and end up killing me. All of my family and friends think my phobia is fake and silly, but it is real and affects me so much.
Kashish sharma says
The exact same happens with me.
Liz love says
That also happens to me, but I don’t get nightmares. They just randomly pop up in my brain, and then I cry by myself until I see the time, and it’s already 12 to 4 am, and to help me sleep, I just drink something warm. I hope some of the info here helps you.
Same here, but instead of an apocalypse starting, it’s me being a zombie and I can’t help but force myself to stay awake.
sandeep ummadisetty says
My only fear is zombies. I can’t sleep due to this.
Zhi Xuan Lin says
Same here :(
Katsuki Bakugou says
I am 11, and always had this phobia. It all started when I was about six or seven. I found a book in my brothers room (yes, I was a snoop) called Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide, and I started flipping through the pages. I hid it in my room and read it, and the fear started growing on me. I couldn’t sleep. I woke up bawling every night from nightmares. I then started the addiction of close, medium and long-range combat. I started another addiction of weapons, and managed a few fakes, yet somewhat lethal. It all went away for about a year. Then suddenly my cousin who is addicted to horror wanted to watch The Walking Dead. I didn’t want to look like a wimp. I put it on, watched it, and couldn’t get past the first episode. My fear grew worse, until every night I had to sleep with a fan on in my room, a wooden sword, and other things. Soon, my parents gave me the role of taking our dog out every morning when we come back from school, and the worst part, before we go to bed. Every time at night, I’m always hearing sounds, seeing shadows, or hearing car alarms, the sounds of chaos. Now it’s 2020, the year of chaos, and the vaccine is being released. I fear that this is the start of a zombie Apocalypse, and my fear continues to grow. I develop a knot in my stomach, and my fear effects me in the daytime. It’s horrible. Their rotting flesh and open, festering wounds. I need immediate help, as my parents grow more and more upset when I even say the word zombie.
Don’t worry zombies aren’t real, the current situation becoming a start of a zombie apocalypse is just a coincidence :)
bob i ges says
Hello, I am very scared of turning into a zombie because I heard of the Cordyceps fungus that takes control of ants and makes them go to a height of 23 cm exactly, and then a fungus grows out of their head. The problem with that fear is that the fungus has to take 1,000s of years to happen to humans and if it did it can be controlled so easily. In the walking dead case, they are still under the laws of physics of consumption of energy. So if they are walking and not eating or drinking they would die in a few days. And if all that does not happen the military is probably able to shoot walking meat bags.
Same. I’m 11 too and I’ve searched this because apparently something like this may be happening and I’m so scared! Will it happen or not?
I don’t know, people are debating the thing, will it happen or not, and I am not scared of zombie movies or series but just the fact that it might become a reality.
If you’re scared of zombies, then I advise telling yourself they are not real. If zombies do come to life eventually, then the government/military should be able to take care of them.
I’m ten. I watched Zombieland and thought it was funny until I got kinemortophbia. To calm me down I try not to think about zombies and play multiplayer games. Why, you ask. Multiplayer games make me think “Hmm if people are playing this, they aren’t zombies”. The thing that’s bothering me is that if I see my dad or family member walk somewhere alone or in a dark place, my mind tells me “What if he got eaten by a zombie right at that moment?” or “What if they became a zombie?”. Please help me. Multiplayer games aren’t enough, I need something that will get rid of my fear of zombies forever.
Just think about and watch funny movies.
Hey man I have the same fear but a lot of things help me. Talk with your family about your fear. Don’t be embarrassed to admit it. You can try to expose yourself to non-scary zombies like cartoon zombies or plants vs zombies because there are zombies in football outfits in the games. It should help you a ton. It did with me and now I’m only scared of zombies literally jumping at me. So I hope you stop your fear of zombies dead in its tracks (get the pun) and hope by the end of this year, you will have gotten rid of your fear.
Don’t try to think about them. Watch funny stuff, and think about how fictitious it is. I have the same phobia. And thinking about funny things and avoiding pictures whenever I think about zombies helps me.
Zhi Xuan says
Same for me, I read the zombie survival guide and I just read the description of zombies and I knew I couldn’t read any further cause I’m a scaredy-cat. Soon enough I started acting all nice to my little brother cause I’m afraid that he might be eaten by a zombie and the last thing I can do for him is to let him die happily. I got kinemortophobia as soon as I knew it. Now I’m afraid to go to the shower cause I’m afraid that a zombie might sneak into the bathroom with me and I’ll get eaten with no one to help me. I’m 10 years old but I now sleep with my dad since I’m afraid. The same thing happened 2 years ago when my friend joked that there was this monster that can smell your breath and eat you up at night. Then I couldn’t sleep and covered my face with my blanket so that the “monsters” couldn’t get me. It lasted until my friend found out and confirmed that it was fake.
A very Scared Person says
I’m 13, and I feel the same way. Whenever I walk into places or if the power goes out, I always get anxious about things like the apocalypse. I sometimes forget about my fear, but usually, I’ll have a dream about the Zombie apocalypse, and it’ll come right back. My fear started when I went to my friend’s birthday party. We were like eight or something. We were at Boondocks, and they wanted to go on the dark ride. They all wanted to do the zombie one, and I didn’t want to wimp out, so I did it with them. The guy working there said that if we got scared that he would take us out when he came in. So we put on our 3D glasses and went inside. I was immediately terrified – in fact, so terrified that when the guy came in, all my friends got scared and left with him, but I didn’t notice! So I finished it frozen in fear and walked out, only then realizing I had been the only one playing, which did not help me feel better at all. I used to have a room next to the front door, and I would always be terrified if a zombie knocked on my door and if my parents opened it and got eaten. And it got even worse when I moved to the downstairs bedroom, where I would always think about what I would do if a zombie apocalypse were to happen. I don’t have it so bad now. I still can’t look at them on tv or anything. But I thought I had shaken it off until last night when I had the worst, not random nightmare about a zombie apocalypse.
Dude, this is a very late reply, but we’re literally on the same thing. I am 12 now, and in 2018 I watched Zombieland, thinking it was cool and zombies were some kind of funny movie theme. Later after that, in 2019, I started remembering that movie and had a lot of nightmares about an apocalypse starting. Since then, I have tried to avoid zombie movies to be able to sleep, and I got rid of the phobia. Eventually, in 2021 I got it again because my cousin loves to watch The Walking Dead, and I tried to watch 1 episode with her but couldn’t get past half of it. That night I woke up in the middle of the night shaking and sweating. This week, I watched some Zombieland 2 videos, and they were funny and interesting. The thing is, last night I was a bit scared. This is why I searched up “how to get rid of zombie phobia” and came to this. Hope I get it off my head and overcome it so I can watch zombie movies without getting nightmares.
I’m 21 years old. When I was a young child, my (3 years older) uncle would play games like Resident Evil around me, and they really scared me. I should have just stopped watching him play, but I was afraid to look like a wuss in front of someone who was practically like my older brother. So I watched him play these games for years. They were scary, but it didn’t become a phobia until I was 9 and he handed me the controller. It was the Resident Evil 0 remake on the Wii, which had the best graphics at the time and looked very real to me. I was handed the controller and told to play. Once again afraid of looking like a wimp, I did. It honestly traumatized me. For about a year and a half after that, I thought every single noise outside might be a zombie lurking in the night. Every time I heard a toad croak outside, I thought it was a woman screaming in the distance. Every time night fell, I became overwhelmingly paranoid that a zombie apocalypse may have begun without my knowledge, and that my family and I were never safe. I couldn’t sleep. I stared, awake, at my door for hours, convinced that a walking corpse would shamble through it to devour me, and make me like it. After about a year and a half to two years, the fear slowly died down and I rarely ever even thought about it. I thought I was over the fear, and I’d never feel that terror again. So, fool that I was, I recently began watching a Let’s Play of the Resident Evil 2 remake. It was fine, watching it with my fiancé during the day. But now night has fallen, and he’s at work, and the video is still playing, and I can feel a familiar panic sinking into my chest and bones. Perhaps this fear never really left after all. All I know is I had to take a break. I’m going to try to keep watching. Maybe exposure is the way to beat this. I pray I can sleep tonight and that it doesn’t get as bad as it was when I was a child.
I’m 11 and it takes me roughly 2 hours to get to sleep because I feel like a zombie is watching me, waiting to just crawl up and grab me and eat me. Sometimes during the day if I’m laying in bed reading and my feet are near the gaps at the end of the bed or my head is near the top of the bed near the gaps, the same feeling of being watched overcomes me and I sit back up again. Now I have to sleep with the fan on, blinds closed, and it can’t be quiet otherwise I get scared and end up sleeping fully under the blankets. If I even get out of bed at night just to quickly go to the bathroom I feel like a zombie is gonna come out of the friggin toilet, and when I’m returning to my room, zombies will appear and start trying to grab my feet, which now causes me to run back to my bed every single time. The wardrobe can’t be open either, you all know why. Before from when I was 7-9 I slept with stuffed toys barricading my bed in a precise and specific order. When you’re sleeping, just try to stay calm.
Also if I see any sort of real looking zombie at all I get scared and become really paranoid and anxious while sleeping, more than normal, and I get nightmares about whatever sort of zombie thing. If I even hear the word “festering wound” or “infected gash” it sends shivers down my spine. Wow, it felt really good to tell a bunch of people that I don’t know that. Anyone else experiencing that sort of stuff?
Zhi Xuan says
Yes, you’re not alone.
Alan Dutcher says
Same here but I’m 17 and it was left 4 dead 2 (around 5 years). Now I play it to try to get over this fear. It’s fine playing during daytime but not in nighttime.
Cordy teddy warrior says
I am nine years old and I have been afraid of zombies since I watched Zombieland. The fear struck me and now I can’t sleep, but I eventually go to sleep. Now I feel like being nocturnal and sleep in the daytime and use my sword to protect me at night. I sleep in a barrier of toys to protect me when I’m sleeping but I haven’t told anyone yet.
Dude, same here with the movie. I watched Zombieland in 2018 and got the phobia.
I was literally crying when i saw the walking dead with my brother, this explains a lot.
Cordy teddy warrior says
I felt the same way when I watched Zombieland with my two brothers and a teenager friend of one of my brothers.
Finlay Gaume says
I’m 14, it started when I watched a pewdiepie video on the walking dead video game when I was young, since then almost every night I think of them and it keeps me awake. Even now it’s 1 in the morning and I’m typing this here because I tried googling some help. The best thing for me when I start to think of them is to image a bunker, some sort of safe place that I can have all my things for my needs and my family could go there too. The only issue with this is that by imagining the bunker I have to think of the world it’s in. I want to get help, but I don’t know where to get it from. I’m scared my parents will laugh or others won’t take it seriously, it keeps me up at nights and I just want it to stop. I’m starting to think I’ll never forget it, all I can do is listen to audio books to try distract me.
Luxy Lowell says
I am 14 years old. I got the fear of zombies when my parents started watching the walking dead. It was 2012 so my fear starts when I was 8 years old. My siblings and I gathered in our parents bedroom and then we all watched the walking dead together. When all the zombies came and attacked I clutched my blanket and my mother’s hand. I was crying, sweating and even started imagining things when I turned my head to the window “Lock the windows- no the house”. Then a groaning voice that sounded so much like the zombie, it was so clear in my ear so I turned to my mother who was actually acting as a zombie grabbing my arm. Then I saw my little sister crawling onto the bed with one arm. I screamed so loud that they stopped playing. Even though I know zombies are not real I can’t stop believing that they are real. At night, I couldn’t sleep. I was overthinking so much that I lost sleep for days. When I was 12 years old, I tried to watch a zombie movie but it didn’t end well so that proves my fear on them. Our cousins like to play zombies ever since they knew I had this fear of mine and then they all attacked me as a group of zombies. I grabbed the nearest object which was a pillow and hit them all so hard that they accidentally made a way for me, so I ran away so fast that I even went out of the house crying. Sometimes I even think if I’m alone there probably are zombies that will suddenly attack me out of nowhere. At school I thought if zombies are coming, where should I hide. The zombies are even in my nightmares, they ate my family and friends. So I don’t know what to do.
Omg i had the same experience. My mom, dad and the rest of my family had a night to watch the walking dead. My uncle came as well, he would always pick on me since i was a little girl. Since it came out i remember him scaring me and telling me all these things about zombies. I couldn’t even enjoy my trip to Disney World in Florida because i thought there was going to be a zombie outbreak.
Same! I went to Universal about 2 years ago and there was a massive power outage. I was crying so hard I couldn’t breathe and my younger brother had to drag me back to the hotel. I’m usually ok seeing a movie or show but as soon as it’s a real person pretending to be a zombie I lose all composure.
Wow. That is bad. I have the same phobia, but it is not that serious. Try thinking of all the safe places you can go with your family. Remember, those movies are fake. It would be pretty hard for zombies to take over because of the military. Plus, if they wanted to take over the world, they would have to sprout up on every continent. Plus, what people in those movies don’t seem to think about is that you can move into the wild. Zombies like to take over cities, so you would be safe in the wild. I hope this helps.
For me, it’s more of a fear of zombies getting my family and living without other humans. I have recurring dreams where I’m on a school bus trying to close the sliding doors before zombies get in and my whole family is on the bus. The zombies get in and I’m forced to watch as my dad slowly turns into one and tries to attack me.
I am so scared of zombies, I believe they are real. When I sleep I feel unsafe, when I hear loud noises I huddle in my covers. I hate watching scary movies and videos when someone is talking about scary things I run to the next room, and I am only 11.
Poutine Lovet says
I am 12, and I have the same problem. Most of the time I struggle with nightmares every other night and if someone starts talking about zombies a lot, I either tell them to shut up or I cover my ears.
Hi there everyone, my name is Jacob and i am 21 years old, I am terrified of zombies and the idea of them in a modern world; i think the part that scares me the most is when they turn from humans into zombies. I once watched an entire season of ‘The Walking Dead’ so i could talk to my girlfriend at the time about it (because she loved the show) and from doing so i didn’t sleep very well for around 6 months. I suffer from depression as well as a multitude of different things and i don’t think it helps, i have a very active imagination and it torments me alot. I think it started when i was very young and i saw the trailer for the film ‘The Mummy’, i didn’t sleep for months and avoided films for years. Video games with them in scare me also but not as much.
I am currently sat here with my girlfriend when i found this page, my drummer and previous friends ridicule me about my fear, but i have learnt not to care; you all will too i’m sure. Here’s three tips that help me.
1. Face your fears up to a point – Don’t go mad, just watch something that suggests them, something your comfortable with, a comedy etc.
2. I call them ‘zombols’ – This is just a funnier, nicer way to talk about them that doesn’t strike fear into your very soul; it changes the meaning and therefore the way our brains think of them.
3. They are not real – I know we all know that, but logically they are not and could never be. If anyone has ever played Minecraft here think of it like this, the zombols we are so scared of in pop culture are as real as the boxy ones in Minecraft; just as real as vampires, or as real as Chewbacca in Star Wars.
Thank you all your comments have helped me and i will always come here in my time of fear, and i hope my comment can help you.
Same. I am fine when they are already zombies. The worst part for me is seeing normal people turn into them.
I’m scared of zombies always have been and I’ve always just gotten on with it but I recently became a mum and my fears escalated I am so terrified a zombie is going to come into my home and attack my daughter she’s only 3month I can’t sleep at night I just lie in my bed alternately staring into my hallway and then at my daughters crib I am so scared I leave all the lights on and I try to tell myself it’s not real but when I try to sleep my chest hurts my hands sweat my breath is shaky and I often hold it to listen to the silence in my house for any sign of something moving my fiance does not understand it he tells me it’s ok that I should not be scared because they are not real and I know it but this fear means every time I close my eyes horrid painfully terrifying images fill my head sometimes so bad that I take my daughter out of her crib and bring her in the bed with me and just hold her close too scared to put her back in her cot. I tried to face it but I can’t handle exposure it just makes it worse. any other tips to manage this ???
Try thinking about the cartoon zombies, like plants vs zombies. Avoid all pictures and movies, and when someone acts them, try to make it funny.
To be honest, I feel very stupid with this fear, and not because I think the fear is stupid, but I find the concept of Zombies so interesting. I have the thought, what would I do in a Zombie Apocalypse, and I think about it so much that I end up having nightmares. It sucks. I don’t even watch anything, play anything, or read anything that has to do with Zombies. I think the main problem is that zombies are such a big thing in modern society that it can be hard to avoid, especially with constant movies coming out and the TWD Fandom.
silvia paws says
Did you know that it has been proven that 2 zombies have come to life and eaten someone?
You do realize most of the people on here are kinemortophobes, right?
So true. You should be ashamed.
I myself have a bit of this phobia but never to the extremes of screaming or panic attacks. And reading your comment based on that alone made me unnerved.
As for my phobia for the readers that are interested; it probably stemmed from my childhood where I was traumatized from watching horrors on the television by myself. I don’t necessarily remember what I watched but watching something as horrid as that is the most probable case.
Two real life scenarios that my phobia affected me were: 1. I can’t sit through an episode of the walking dead. Not even the first one of the first episode where Rick is at the hospital, I don’t enjoy it and trying to remember it brings negative feelings. 2. I can’t play games with zombies in them. The only situation in which I could would be with friends so that I’m constantly reminded of the reality that we live in, not a virtual reality apocalypse. And even then I would have to “speed run” either running away from them or killing them.
That’s all I’m willing to share though, farewell.
I doubt that. We would already be dead then. Where did you find that information?
How would they come to life and be able to function? Doesn’t your body need your brain and be able to breathe? As far as I know, dead people don’t have brains or the ability to breathe. I am now more terrified than I already was from waking up from the 5th zombie nightmare. Even though I haven’t watched any movies about zombies recently, I can’t go upstairs without a flashlight and my teddy bear anymore this week cause of these nightmares. They also make me wake up too early.
Chobits Senpai says
I think what I have is not a zombie phobia but is more the part of being eaten and shred piece by piece by zombies. What really scares me is the pain I see people suffer on a zombie apocalypse. Sometimes I imagine myself in a zombie apocalypse or dream about it and I’m always the person that either kills itself with a gun to the head to feel no pain or I just let a zombie slightly scratch me in order to turn less painfully than if I was eaten by them.
Same, I’d rather off myself or be turned peacefully than be eaten.
Dion Rimmer says
I’m 14, and I love watching the Walking Dead but I shake when I see a walker (zombie) Help! It’s too addictive, and I lose sleep over it!
I totally understand! I love the show, and while watching it, I feel fine. I try to keep the volume down, so I don’t hear the noises they make, but as soon as I turn off the iPad and leave, it’s all I can think about. I’m afraid to walk around my own house In broad daylight. In the bathroom, I’m afraid to see the shower curtain, knowing there is nothing there, but still, I feel a sense of dread. The more I’ve grown, the less fear I’ve felt sleeping and being alone. In a few years, I’ve noticed I feel a lot better overall when watching TWD. However, it took a while to outgrow it. Just be patient, and remind yourself that it’s not real, watch behind the scenes, take a breather, whatever you need. It may be best to just avoid it altogether. For me, it’s not as serious as having a panic attack, as most people here are saying. I just have to be patient and understand what is best for me.
As a little girl, my father watched Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead with my little brother and I. I am now 45 and terrified. I can rationalize that zombies are not real but I am still terrified. I am a very devout Christian person who does not in any way believe that God would ever allow this and yet I cannot shake my fear if I awaken in the middle of the night of them. If I am home and my husband goes into work early, I just this morning had a terrified feeling of looking of a zombie before I could close and lock my bedroom window. We sleep with it open every night for air as I need fresh air but I have thoughts and dreams of them. I went to counseling for a few visits and when the “dr” thought we should “face” my fear of putting these evil movies on to desensitize me, I dropped off seeing him. It is evil Do not watch it. Period. It is a successful tool Satan has used to scare pure hearted, peaceable people and it works. I know they are not real but I hate them and am terrified. I am the pillar of strength for everything and everyone but this is the one thing, the epitome of evil, that I just can’t handle. If there is a commercial, movie trailer, etc., I IMMEDIATELY change the channel.
Try to talk to a responsible adult about this. Like your doctor or reverend. This is a real fear and has other underlying fears.
In order to face your fear, you should first realize that yes, it is possible for God or Satan to let it happen. Im sorry to say but, refusing to accept this fact is hiding yourself from the fear. Second of all, you can search for cartoon zombies and animated zombies to get used to them, then you can work from there and start watching zombie films. Third of all, you need to realize that the chances of zombies to exist is very low. Even if they existed, they would decompose in 2-3 weeks because they are corpses. Unless idiots keep running outside getting bitten. Im was a kinemortophobic because i watched Zombieland when i was 4, ive overcome that through the step above.
I have no problem sleeping in fact I try to sleep all day
I don’t know how or why I got this fear of zombies but just as I lose the fear it comes back full time and my mom just doesn’t understand . I’m ten years old and I just got on my medicine and then I started to have day mares and I just need some help I don’t know the root of it I seen world war z ones when I was 8 and I think I’m losing my mind with this fear
Christina Marie says
You need to show your mom proof of this being a real fear. Just like this site, you need to show her. She needs to believe you, and stop thinking it’seems funny. When I was a little bit younger than you my sister put a movie on with Zombies. I started having nightmares every night about zombies. It’s a really scary feeling, and I feel for you. I’ll be 30 in a few months. I do still have that fear, but slowly it’s being conquered. It’s hard to go out, and do things on your own I know from experience. I hope she starts to realize what is happening, and help you out buddy. I slowly started watching movies with zombies, but that was in my mid 20’September starting that. It helped a small amount.
I used to be scared of zombies when I was 9 because it was my first time playing dying light and it spooked me when the zombies would scratch you or eat you. I stopped playing that game for months. And this is funny because my favorite thing is zombies now and in second grade I played my first zombie game which was left4dead (or L4D) and I was all in, but I had nightmares of zombies, afraid they would bite me and I would turn into a zombie and bite others. I’m 12 now and I’m not afraid of zombies anymore. I love them and plan on making a franchise with it (sorry to anybody who’s scared of zombies).
I used to play a lot of zombie games no trouble, but once I had finished playing them, I would get so scared to sleep, and have nightmares. I could not go out at night at all, or sleep in the same room as a window. I started sleeping in my bathroom, because it has no window, and locking the door. It made my insomnia so much worse than it was, and anytime I saw a zombie, even a MINECRAFT zombie, I would panic. And then slowly, I got over it. I recommend to anyone suffering to COMPLETELY stop looking at anything zombie related. Any games, movies or anything that has zombies in it until eventually you just sort of stop thinking about them so obsessively.
Now I (much to my horror) find myself craving another zombie game, even though I know it will terrify me. If this happens, and you seriously aren’t scared of zombies anymore, then maybe you can handle small doses of these games/movies, and you can build it back up again.
Whereas I still feel uneasy and slightly anxious when I see someone else watching a zombie show, and can’t look at a picture of a zombie without freaking out, so I know I couldn’t handle playing one of those games yet.
Thriller wasn't good either says
When I was eleven I had a fascination with horror movies, so naturally I got to watch Dawn of the dead, both version. Now I’m twenty years old and still regret it.
The part where the little girl attack them on the bed and when the woman on the bus is being eaten are the worst.
And to add it up my house is 5 blocks to the west from a cemetery, 11 to one in the north, and 28 to the historical cemetery, on the east.
I just couldn’t sleep for months, I tried forcing the memories of the cartoon’s I watched each day but the fear always beat me (but once I tried with Avatar I managed to block it).
Now I still have problems with them, but I been slowly trying to face it with the help of my sister, she was the only one who believed in my phobia.
One videogame that helped me was The last of Us, they aren’t exactly zombies, but the history make me watch it to the end and not have a break down, since then I been able to watch movies and more videogames of creatures “zombie like” (only watch not play).
The thing about me is that I will be sitting somewhere and I start having a panic atack and I told my mom and she says it’s dumb and no one believes me that I have a problem doing stuff on my own. I used to go spend the night with my niece and nephew And have no problem but now I can’t go over without getting annoy in my stomach because they live in a place we’re theres a lot of land. I think it started a couple months after I watched the walking dead with my cousins and my brother. I had no trouble watching it except for the bloody parts I’m not big on horror movies. And my brother is perfectly normal it’s just me in the family and I want to get over it, I’ll pray, slap or cut myself if I start thinking about it but it never works. And I hear people get over there fear by watching movies with zombies like figures in them but I get too scared to put it to that show. It has taken away my sleeping abilities because I can’t sleep near a window cause I feel paranoid and I get butterflies. My mom said that could be me growing up cause I’m 11 and a female and I feel embarrassed when I tell my mom so I keep it to myself. If anyone has a better solution to helping please tell me.
Cole Davison says
Hey guys i am doing a research paper and i was wondering how common is this and what are your reactions. How do you respond?
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Kimberly Taylor says
Don’t be embarrassed! I am a 52 year old grandmother and I am terrified of anything zombie. I saw a movie called “The Living Dead” when I was a child. I was already prone to depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. My family was Pentecostal. One of our songs included the lyrics, ” the dead shall rise”, meaning when Jesus Christ returns for us. I believed that the living dead could actually exist. I often wake up extremely afraid. Zombies immediately come to mind. I have to pull the covers right and pray until I fall asleep. I know it’s ridiculous but I can’t help it. On some prank shows, actors dress as zombies to scare someone. I’ve warned everyone I know not to ever let that happen to me. Not only would I totally freak out, the zombie could actually be killed
I have this phobia, but I manage to frame myself, examples: “if you don’t have it in the Bible, it’s why it will not happen” “how will the rapture happen if people are not going to be you?” but I still have to see a psychiatrist, I thought about suicide about 5 times. To make matters worse my parents like this franchise. By the way, when Jesus comes back and the dead resurrect, it means that everyone who died will resurrect and will be judged by the final judge.
I had this. It started when I was eleven and I watched my older brother play Resident Evil for the first time on the playstation. The cutscene that occurs when you encounter the games first zombie is one that i’ll never forget. A bald, pale white zombie is hunched over a corpse, and the camera closes up on the back of his head as he slowly turns to face the camera, staring at you with piercing eyes.
It was on my summer holiday and I barely slept for 2 weeks. Even the mere sight of a zombie in magazines, tv or other videogames made me shut it off immediatly. And my brothers were forbidden to play resident evil until I was in bed.
Im 30 now, and well over it. Not certain at which point exactly i got over it but I think I faced my fear at some point. While im no longer scared of zombies, im still unsettled by them. And as a result, if I encounter zombies in any game I play, I have a strong urge to go out of my way to destroy every single one.
Wow, I wish I could do the same
I don’t know whether I have a phobia of zombies, but they certainly scare me out of my mind. I’m 24, and so this is incredibly embarrassing to me.
I watched my little sister (my LITTLE sister. As if this wasn’t mortifying enough as is..) watch some gaming video on YouTube, from a game called until dawn or something like that and was scared to go in another room by myself. They aren’t even technically zombies in that game. I watched warm bodies and loved it, but any other zombie film, even people talking about other zombie films or listening to their soundtracks freaks me out. And the problem is, I’m scared despite the fact that I can rationalise the whole thing to myself without problem.
Zombies are often a part of post apocalyptic genre films and books, and can be the result of either disease or supernatural causes or other things. I think the zombie craze have a lot to do with a sort of idea of a society of people without identities of their own. People that don’t think for themselves, express themselves for themselves, and that will constantly refuse to tolerate unique opinions and people. A sort of a mindless and soulless mass that can turn on you in a split second. And turn you into them. Humanity will always be afraid of losing its ability to differ from others. To be something else. To not be in control and to lose the ability to grow their identities in the company of others with unique identities of their own. – And of course, being eaten alive and conscious, and probably watching too, isn’t a warm-and-snuggly inducing thought.
And despite knowing this, I’m scared. And after having been dragged along to watch dead snow at the cinema when it came out, this weekend my grandmother has asked me and my little sister to sleep over at her cabin. In the woods. In the mountains. With no neighbors this time of year. In winter. With an outdoor toilet. And I have to explain why that would be a problem for me. Oh Yay.
I hope you overcome your fears peeps, because I certainly have to try tonight if I have to go.
Also, there’s the fact that when you’ve been bullied, among other things for considerable parts of your life, you know what it’s like when someone turns on you and torments you even if it’s not a mindless entity trying to eat you alive. I overcame my personal zombies, I don’t want to deal with real ones, ridiculous or not.
You don’t have to be American to believe in God lol (someone commented about it) Also, I’m constantly studying the bible, every week and I don’t watch movies like these and either way I get nightmares with zombies really often..
Elmervin Padiernos says
The PC/HC game Left 4 Dead, specifically Left 4 Dead 2’s game villains resemble zombies. Whenever I play it at night, 5 mins after I’ve finished playing, I get haunting flashes of thoughts of the Zombies, specifically The Tank and Witch Bosses.
I don’t have a phobia that when I see a movie or anything zombie I poop my pants, I just have a very strong fear of it. Thanks to my family, they watch The Walking Dead once a week and that just gets my nightmares going. Now everytime someone acts, see a movie, tv show, even a book, about zombies I freak out. I try as best as I can to stay away from those things but some how I just keep remembering it even during school. I cannot go out at night or day in the woods or in town or even swim in my lake anymore because I’m always afraid I’ll see that dead zombie walking towards me or swimming with me. This is a really bad fear and I really need to get rid of it. It’s basically half of my life, it’s taking over, please help (I’m 13 years old btw and a girl).
OMG!! same here! It’s literally taking over my life!
Arron R says
I have had this phobia for a while but it causes the opposite reaction in me. I go into fight mode. My blood pumps and adrenaline goes through my body. Usually I can keep calm. I have a lot of nightmares to the point that it’s normal for me to have them more than any other kind of dream. So I just avoid Zombies for the most part.
The problem comes from friends that make fun of me. All my friends know of my phobia and have been warned about it, but I still get teased. There was once an instance where one almost got punching in the face for it.
Right now I am trying to fix my phobia by exposure.
I wasn’t afraid of zombies until my friend showed me The Walking Dead and I lost a bunch of sleep over it.
I used to have this fear until I started watching The Walking Dead, as odd as it sounds. Usually facing the fear head-on makes it worse, but it helped me. Good luck to the rest of you with this phobia.
The Walking Dead really helped me as well, except I do still have the fear. It’s still quite bad, I can’t ever watch movies about them or even say the ‘Z’ word, but I’m no longer too afraid of the walkers on TWD and I’m a little better with them in general. When I started the first episode I was so scared I was shaking, but now I think it’s an incredible show. I understand now that it’s more about the story and the characters rather than the walkers. They’re more of an obstacle.
When I was 3 or 4 my mother was watching Shaun of the Dead and I saw some parts which really frightened me, so I think that’s where my phobia started.
I sometimes avoid zombie things at all cost. I quit playing zombie video games and stopped watching anything zombie related. Yup! But I sometimes hear the word zombie and start thinking about them and then I end up in an enclosed corner space, and curl up into a ball. I don’t have any of those symptoms, but I do see the movies in my head. Whenever I played this game called Rebuild where you rebuild a city that is zombie infested. It was all cartoon graphic and barely showed a picture of any zombies (and they were not scary at all) I ended up not sleeping that night and I fell asleep about 32 hours from when I woke up that day. I’m practically scared out of my mind to go outside at night fearing that zombies may pop out any second. My friend kind of laughed at me when I said I flipped out while watching a movie called World War Z in broad daylight with my dad and brother at our house in the living room. Well that picture even scared the heck out of me (I avoid looking at any zombies, but Minecraft zombies don’t scare me. They don’t even look much like zombies).
I’m almost 12 BTW (please don’t judge).
I remember vividly how my phobia started (blame my dad and The Walking Dead).
So every night I have all the doors locked and shut. My head over my blanket and I fall asleep watching YouTube. I usually sleep with a night light, but since I moved I can’t find it. I sleep on the first floor with 2 huge windows in my room which I constantly think that zombies are just going to face plant into them. I’m kind of scared to let my dog out at night to go do her business (so now my mom does it) and I think so far I have the longest-ish comment and I keep repeating myself and talk nonsense..
I agree with everything you’re saying, I have all the same feelings but my mom forces me to met my dogs out and it freaks me out really badly and I try to stay as close to the door as possible. Because I have a puppy, I always need to go outside with him for him to be able to use the bathroom, apparently my parents don’t really know about my fear of zombies :(
I am the exact same I’m always terrified. I know that they aren’t real and within a week they would rot and things like that but I have a constant fear of losing friends and family or them losing me.
I recently started to develop this fear. I used to play zombies in Call of Duty, and Left 4 Dead which are video games that depict post apocalyptic settings. It never used to bother me until I started watching movies. I saw Zombie Land which didn’t really get to me until I started having dreams in which I was in the shoes of one of the main characters. That’s when I started to really hyper ventilate and start to freak out whenever I saw anything zombie related. I went to this laser-tag zombie survival thing out on Long Island one day with my cousin and some friends in hopes of overcoming my fear if I faced it. Well at least a simulated version of it. To my surprise inside the maze of zombies I didn’t have a panic attack and I managed to bottle whatever emotions I did feel. Then the other day I watched World War Z because it was new on Netflix, big mistake. I guess what really gets me thinking and terrified is seeing the world in it’s normal state, and then in a matter of days becoming plagued with zombies, all the millions of people murdered and changed right in front of my eyes. Now at least 3 times a week I have extremely vivid nightmares of me being in a situation similar to the one of the main characters in World War Z or in any zombie movie.
I am 14 years old, and I have severely suffered from this fear, I almost cry and get so scared going to bed at night. I need to have somebody sleep with me some nights, I get terrified. Please help me, I haven’t slept.
I do not have a phobia for this but have a strong fear of it. Remember zombies are not real. They are simple fictional creatures. There has always been predictions of the end of the world and as you know it does not happen. Write this down a few times: Reality check. There never was zombies. There never has been zombies. There never will be zombies.
I would like to strongly suggest reading the Bible which will certainly dispel this fear and its symptoms. God Bless!
Lewis Rho says
Well… I don’t believe in God. I am not American.
Loan Unknown says
I am 27 years old and I get panic attacks when my husband, friends, everyone pretends to be zombies. My husband after finding out after almost getting hit in the face with whatever I was holding at the time has tried to help me ever since. Oddly enough I like watching the walking dead, znation etc. but I get cold sweats, headaches and nausea when scenes get too gory or it just gets intense. Recently my husband bought “The Dying Light” on PS4 and this increased my problem ten fold. I thought I could handle watching him play and within 5 minutes I was dizzy, clammy, thought I had a fever and that it must be something I ate. I cannot watch him play as it’s in first person for even 5 minutes without feeling overwhelmingly over the top fear. I wish I could desensitize myself and am actively trying but it seems it only makes it worse. I believe at this point the only thing that will help is either all or nothing, all being a psychiatrist visit for therapy or nothing as in I smash his game – stop watching the walking dead (would make me sad) and avoid the zombie craze altogether.