A zombie is
an animated corpse resurrected by mystical means,
such as witchcraft. The term is often figuratively
applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of
consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and
able to respond to surrounding stimuli. Since the
late 19th century, zombies have acquired notable
popularity, especially in North American and
In modern times, the
term "zombie" has been applied to an undead being in
horror fiction, largely drawn from George A.
Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.
They have appeared as plot devices in various books,
films, television shows, and video games.