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Zombies Represent the Crisis of the Modern Idenity


The zombie functions as a monstrous other, transgressing boundaries and unsettling the modern identity, as monsters have always done.  But, it goes beyond the scope of traditional monsters in that it also holds a mirror up to the secular self, and suggests, without the transcendent, we may nothing more than animated...

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 and Consumer culture


That the zombie is a reflections of modern man is apparent in Romero’s second installment of his zombie narratives, Dawn of the Dead (1978), where he “offers us a glimpse of a universe in which all spiritual values have been replaced by our awareness of the material realities of the...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...

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...

The Horror of the Body


Previous 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 The zombies are an abject horror in themselves, but what they do to their victims is even more horrifying.  Zombie movies contain scenes with spurting...

Why are zombie movies disgusting?


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain't Got No Soul Where do zombies come from? Crossing Boundaries Zombies are disgusting--open wounds, fluids running out of their orifices, and what’s that stuck in his teeth, a piece of Barbara? Acording to the theorists, identity--that which is...

Zombies as the Monstrous Other: Challenging Modern Boundaries


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain't Got No Soul Where do zombies come from? Zombies are physical monsters, there is nothing in them that is spiritual or supernatureal or even superhuman.  We can therefore call the zombie an immanent monster.  In the immanence of...

“Mommy, where do zombies come from?”


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History Ain't Got No Soul Zombies are our monsters; they scare us.  We are modern and we are secular, so our monsters will be just the sort of creature that would be scary to a modern, secular audience.    Because they...

Zombies Ain’t Got No Soul


Previous Zombie Posts: A New Kind of Monster A Brief History The horror story in general, turns fear, “whether personal or social, into a specific type of monster; and seeks to contain and destroy it” (Worland 17).  As a very popular figure in modern narratives, the zombie is the embodiment...