Tag: Monsters


“Maybe Jesus was a vampire?”


Are there vampires in the Bible? A few of the characters on HBO's True Blood suggest there are. Lazarus, Cain and Eve are presented as possibilities, but then the dim-witted Jason Stackhouse hypothesizes, "Maybe Jesus was the first vampire?" Jason's evidence for this assertion is that Jesus rose from the...

Absence of Authority: Zombies and Hobbes


Zombie films evoke the fear of how people would respond if there were no authorities to keep the baser appetites in check.  I must admit, for me this is the source of zombie terror for me.  Without the authority represented by government or any transcendent moral authority, human beings turn...

The Human Monster


In Dawn of the Dead, the zombies are caricatures of the living in their spiritlessness, but in almost every zombie narrative, another boundary between the human and the monster is blurred—the living are frequently shown to be more monstrous than the walking dead. The zombies certainly represent a serious external...

Zombies ‘R Us


Hopefully, I have made the case that the modern zombie is a monster for our time.  Like all monsters, they challenge cultural identity, but these are our monsters—our identity. They are completely immanent; they possess no transcendent ability or power; they transgress immanent categories including between the self and the...

Heroism ain’t what it used to be


Beowulf and Achilles,  now those were heroes.  Even more recent literature has guys like Van Helsing and Aragorn.  In his treatment of the hero, Alsford says that a hero is “fundamentally oriented towards the other”; the hero “gives him or herself to the world” (29).  Zombie movies don’t have heroes...

Traditional Values: Consumed by the Zombie Horde


Not only is it difficult to attribute the term “evil” to this most modern of monsters, it is also difficult to attribute the term “good” to the “heroes” of the zombie movie.  In fact, the primary victim of the zombie horde, is not the humans that battle the undead for survival;...

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...

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...

Zombies and Intimacy


Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain’t Got No Soul Where do zombies come from? Crossing Boundaries Why Zombies are Disgusting Horror of the Body Zombies and Death The type of death one can expect from a zombie is nothing if not intimate.  They use no...