Zombies in America! An examination of the popularity of the Zombie in American Culture By Amy LaZerte
Consider the Zombie…
Invading Video Games!!!
What has Become of POP Culture?
Why Zombies? Why Now? Zombies are versatile! Scary Funny Social Commentary Zombies as “the other”! People of Color Nazis Communists Modern Day Gladiators It’s okay to kill zombies! Zombies as US!!! The ultimate consumer Unrepressed Fascination with Death Community “When they aren’t eating us they’re bring us together”
The Voodoo Zombie! The Magic Island by W.B. Seabrook in 1929 H. P. Lovecraft’s Novellas in the 1920s and 1930s White Zombie (1932) starring Bella Lugosi I Walked with a Zombie (1943) Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
The Grandfather of the Modern Zombie George A Romero Night of the Living Dead (1968) The ”New” Zombie Zombies as social commentary Post- Civil Rights Movement Vietnam War American Counter-Culture Movement
The First African American Hero in American Cinema!
When There’s No More Room in Hell… Dawn of the Dead (1978) George A Romero Post Vietnam Rascism Feminism “The ME Decade” Zombies as the ultimate consumer. Dawn of the Dead Movie Trailer
The Moral Dilemma Day of the Dead (1985) George A Romero What makes a zombie not a human? Bub What makes a human not a human? The Military
Zombies get a Sense of Humor Return of the Living Dead (1985) Dan O’Bannon and the subsequent Return of the Living Dead Series The Evil Dead (1981) Sam Raimi, and The Evil Dead Series Sean of the Dead (2004) Edgar Wright Zombieland (2009) Ruben Fleischer
Zombies in Print The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z by Max Brooks The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith Library of the Living Dead Press
In Conclusion…. Zombies are the dismembered, half gnawed fingers on the pulse of America’s prejudices', anxieties, and desires. “They’re coming to get you, Barbra…”
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