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27th Jul '17 7:10:03 PM WillKeaton
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* WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas: Jack Skellington can see and hear just fine without eyes and ears. In the commentary, Creator/TimBurton mentions that Disney wanted him to add eyes for more expression, [[AvertedTrope but]] [[UncannyValley luckily]], Jack's eyesockets were expressive enough to not need them.

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* WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas: ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': Jack Skellington can see and hear just fine without eyes and ears. In the commentary, Creator/TimBurton mentions that Disney wanted him to add eyes for more expression, [[AvertedTrope but]] [[UncannyValley luckily]], Jack's eyesockets were expressive enough to not need them.
27th Jul '17 7:08:37 PM WillKeaton
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* The movie poster for ''Film/EvilDead2'', as [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/evil-dead-2-horror-movie-poster.jpg shown here]].

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* The movie poster for ''Film/EvilDead2'', as [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/evil-dead-2-horror-movie-poster.jpg shown here]].here.]]
24th Jul '17 1:50:21 AM PaulA
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* Averted in the 1972 Creator/AmicusProductions film version of ''[[Film/ECComics Tales From The Crypt]]''; the two times we see characters who have been dead for a while, their eyes are completely gone (Creator/PeterCushing's character is the most memorable example).

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* Averted in the 1972 Creator/AmicusProductions film version of ''[[Film/ECComics Tales From The Crypt]]''; ''Film/TalesFromTheCrypt''; the two times we see characters who have been dead for a while, their eyes are completely gone (Creator/PeterCushing's character is the most memorable example).
24th Feb '17 4:49:20 PM Prometheus117
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* Averted in ''Film/TheMummy1999'', the eponymous mummy has to [[EyeScream borrow eyes]]. Though for some reason, he borrows them from someone who can [[BlindWithoutEm barely see]]. Their myopia somehow doesn't affect him.

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* Averted in ''Film/TheMummy1999'', the eponymous mummy has to [[EyeScream borrow eyes]]. Though Unfortunately for some reason, him, he borrows them from the first person he comes across, who happened to be someone who can [[BlindWithoutEm barely see]]. Their myopia somehow doesn't affect him.him, aside from making him mistake the heroine for his long-dead lover.
15th Nov '16 4:15:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': In the story where the other three Dark Judges revive Judge Death by using the corpse of some unlucky citizen as his new vessel, there's a panel showing Death's eyes flickering open before he dons his helmet.
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10th Jun '16 2:29:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Even the most thoroughly decayed zombies from Romero's later zombie films (''Film/DayOfTheDead'' and ''Film/LandOfTheDead'') have totally intact eyes.

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* Even the most thoroughly decayed zombies from Romero's later zombie films (''Film/DayOfTheDead'' (''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' and ''Film/LandOfTheDead'') have totally intact eyes.
9th Apr '16 11:44:20 PM LordGro
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'''[[OracularHead Murray:]]''' How can ''you'' walk around without a brain? Some things no-one can answer.

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'''[[OracularHead Murray:]]''' '''Murray:''' How can ''you'' walk around without a brain? Some things no-one can answer.
9th Apr '16 11:43:12 PM LordGro
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This manifests in different ways in different media. Decades old zombies fresh out of their graves will have gorgeous (or more likely horrifying) functional eyes despite [[SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration the rest of their body being a decayed mess]], as demonstrated by the gentle-person in the picture. On the other extreme, lacking sensory organs is no impediment for animated skeletons, who will be able to see and hear humans as if they still had those fleshy bits. At times, they will have GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath in their eyesockets.

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This manifests in different ways in different media. Decades old zombies fresh out of their graves will have gorgeous (or more likely horrifying) functional eyes despite [[SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration the rest of their body being a decayed mess]], as demonstrated by the gentle-person in the picture.mess]]. On the other extreme, lacking sensory organs is no impediment for animated skeletons, who will be able to see and hear humans as if they still had those fleshy bits. At times, they will have GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath in their eyesockets.



Interestingly, the undead may even develop SuperSenses in the form of superior smell, hearing, or even "[[VeinOVision living radar]]". The page image, specifically, of skeleton/zombies [[EyesAreUnbreakable with still-intact eyes]], is probably a modern trope. As modern horror movies and CGI have blurred the line between rotting zombie and skeleton with bits of flesh and organs still hanging on, for increased "yuck" factor. So while it makes sense for recently deceased zombies to have functioning eyes, and older stop motion polished skeletons not to, there are now those that toe the line. Historically, this may have to do with the SpecialEffects and makeup needed for eyeless sockets being difficult or impractical to use, since it would potentially blind the actor and remove some of their ability to emote[[note]] (well, emoting that they don't emote, anyway)[[/note]].

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Interestingly, the undead may even develop SuperSenses in the form of superior smell, hearing, or even "[[VeinOVision living radar]]". The page image, specifically, of skeleton/zombies skeleton/zombie [[EyesAreUnbreakable with still-intact eyes]], eyes]] is probably a modern trope. As modern horror movies and CGI have blurred the line between rotting zombie and skeleton with bits of flesh and organs still hanging on, for increased "yuck" factor. So while it makes sense for recently deceased zombies to have functioning eyes, and older stop motion polished skeletons not to, there are now those that toe the line. Historically, this may have to do with the SpecialEffects and makeup needed for eyeless sockets being difficult or impractical to use, since it would potentially blind the actor and remove some of their ability to emote[[note]] (well, emoting that they don't emote, anyway)[[/note]].
7th Oct '15 10:05:53 AM PanLeopard
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** Now now, there's a few that have [[http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b300/spacemonkey_fg/More%20Random%20Pics/Nights3.jpg one]] or [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jVdgPXcKK0Y/ToK40-cQ99I/AAAAAAAAAV4/alvJVV_rP-4/s1600/Burial+Ground+3.jpg both]] eyes.
15th May '15 9:54:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subversion: The movie ''Tombs of the Blind Dead'', they hunt you by sound alone.
** Also played straight, in that it doesn't bother to explain how their eyes managed to rot away while leaving their eardrums perfectly intact.
*** The zombies in that movie are the Knights Templar. Their eyes were pecked out by crows after they were accused of heresy by the church.

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* Subversion: The movie ''Tombs of the Blind Dead'', they hunt you by sound alone.
** Also played straight, in that it doesn't bother to explain how their eyes managed to rot away while leaving their eardrums perfectly intact.
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''Film/TombsOfTheBlindDead'': Subversion. The zombies in that movie are the undead Knights Templar. Their Templar, whose eyes were pecked out by crows after they were accused of heresy by the church.church. They hunt you by sound alone.
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