Month: March 2013


Zombie Films Loss of Fullness


I get it when I am sitting with dear friends enjoying good food and conversation.  Also, while walking alone in the woods on a clear fall day.  It can also be experienced when listening to music or viewing a painting.  It can be evoked in the cathedral or on the seashore.  Charles...

Zombies Can’t Be Evil


Zombies function in many ways like a traditional monster, in that they represent the opposite of how we like to think of ourselves.  In other words, they transgress boundaries and challenge the identity of the modern self.  Their otherness is tailor-made to terrorizes the residents of the closed immanent frame: they...

“I’m out of ammo!”


Another important characteristic of the zombie that makes it ideally suited to terrorize our contemporary society is that it is a horde.  They attack in large numbers and overwhelm their victims by sheer weight of numbers.  The horde absorbs individuality—and we modern selves are obsessed with questions of identity (what is me...

Zombies are Funny


Unlike other monsters, “zombies do not need any separate comic relief . . . they are their own” (Paffenroth 14). "The human body isn’t just a hunk of flesh—it’s a ludicrous hunk of flesh." Zombies personify death; they force us to face the fragility of our bodies  and our own material future...