Month: December 2013


Something Wicked This Way Shambles?


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 a world that is...

I’m Out of Ammo!


An individual zombie is almost no threat to any healthy adult. It can be easily outrun or dispatched by a decent blow to the head. What makes zombies a threat is that there are so many of them and their bite results in the absorption of their victims into the...

Zombies and Intimacy


The type of death one can expect from a zombie is nothing if not intimate. They use no secondary object, like a knife or even a rock. They use only their own teeth and hands. Victims are frequently shown having their abdomens violated by a group of zombies who proceed...

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...

Modern Monster, Modern Death


Jaime Russell claims that the ultimate meaning of the zombie is as “a symbol of mankind’s most primitive anxiety: the fear of death” (8). Well, our primitive fear is our modern fear and the zombie forces the modern self to face death. Death is persistent and there is nothing we can do to...