Month: November 2013


The Horror of the Body


The zombies are an abject horror in themselves, but what they do to their victims is even more horrifying.  Spurting blood and biting of flesh, and the ingestion of slippery entrails and bloody organs, are staples of the zombie genre.   The zombie film exploits the fear that, in the absence of any...

Why Zombies are Disgusting


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 me--is understood in relationship to the Other--that which is not me. The boundaries between the two are important in understanding the self....

Testing the Boundaries


Zombies are thouroughly physical, completely physical monsters; there is nothing in them that is spiritual, supernatureal or even superhuman. The zombie reflects reality as it is understood by modern man: one bereft of transcendence. Ideally suited to shamble through a purely physical world, the zombies terrorize the residents of this world--that's...