Zombies are versatile!Scary- The traditional zombie “Flesh Eater”Funny- “Sean of the Dead” and “Zombieland”. It’s easier to make fun of people when they’re dead.Social Commentary- Tools to demonstrate our perceived evils. Racism, consumerism, the military, Zombies as “the other”!Nazis- It’s easier to kill a Nazi when he’s a zombieCommunists- An invisible infectionModern Day GladiatorsIt’s okay to kill zombies! Movies featuring blood, guts and gore speak to American bloodlust. Killing without guilt.Zombies as US!!!The ultimate consumer-Unrepressed- Selfish, paying attention only to their need to feed.Fascination with Death- Humans have had customs surrounding death since civilization began. Neanderthals and red ochre, cremation of the Romans, dance macabre after the black plague, veneration of bones after WWIICommunity“When they aren’t eating us they’re bring us together”- Forced sense of community in a community-less America, “We can Do It!”, a common goal in an America divided.
Zombies in America!
Zombies in America!<br />An examination of the popularity of the Zombie in American Culture<br />By Amy LaZerte<br />
Why Zombies? Why Now?<br />Zombies are versatile!<br />Scary<br />Funny<br />Social Commentary<br />Zombies as “the other”!<br />People of Color<br />Nazis<br />Communists<br />Modern Day Gladiators<br />It’s okay to kill zombies!<br />Zombies as US!!!<br />The ultimate consumer<br />Unrepressed<br />Fascination with Death<br />Community<br />“When they aren’t eating us they’re bring us together”<br />
The Voodoo Zombie!<br />The Magic Island by W.B. Seabrook in 1929<br />H. P. Lovecraft’s Novellas in the 1920s and 1930s<br />White Zombie (1932) starring Bella Lugosi<br />I Walked with a Zombie (1943)<br />Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)<br />
The Grandfather of the Modern Zombie<br />George A Romero<br />Night of the Living Dead (1968)<br />The ”New” Zombie<br />Zombies as social commentary<br />Post- Civil Rights Movement<br />Vietnam War<br />American Counter-Culture Movement<br />
The First African American Hero in American Cinema!<br />
When There’s No More Room in Hell…<br />Dawn of the Dead (1978) George A Romero<br />Post Vietnam<br />Rascism<br />Feminism<br />“The ME Decade”<br />Zombies as the ultimate consumer.<br />Dawn of the Dead Movie Trailer<br />
The Moral Dilemma<br />Day of the Dead (1985) George A Romero<br />What makes a zombie not a human?<br />Bub<br />What makes a human not a human?<br />The Military<br />
Zombies get a Sense of Humor<br />Return of the Living Dead (1985) Dan O’Bannon and the subsequent Return of the Living Dead Series<br />The Evil Dead (1981) Sam Raimi, and The Evil Dead Series<br />Sean of the Dead (2004) Edgar Wright<br />Zombieland (2009) Ruben Fleischer<br />
Zombies in Print<br />The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z by Max Brooks<br />The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman<br />Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne<br />Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith<br />Library of the Living Dead Press<br />
In Conclusion….<br />Zombies are the dismembered, half gnawed fingers on the pulse of America’s prejudices', anxieties, and desires. <br />“They’re coming to get you, Barbra…”<br />
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