Tag: Night of the Living Dead


Zombie Jesus Day


“Zombie Jesus Day”?  That's what they call Easter.  They are being provocative or trying impress their like-minded friends.  Perhaps it is because of this attitude that Christian writer Eric Metaxas has taken the position that zombies are a parody of the resurrection of the dead.  I disagree with Metaxas; I think...

The Diagnosis


If we are going to set about finding a cure for the zombie infestation, we need to understand why they are here in the first place. Zombies, like any other monster, attacks an identity that is unsure of itself.  The popularity of the zombie suggests that it is our collective identity...

The Human Monster


In almost every zombie narrative, the boundaries between the human and the monster is blurred.  One of the most significant of these boundaries is between the monsters and the monstrous behavior of the living. The zombies certainly represent a serious external menace, but they cease to be much of a danger once the...

Not Just Brains: Zombies Eat Values


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 narrative. In fact, the primary victim of the zombie horde, is not the humans that battle the undead for...

Not Evil, Just Hungry


The zombies are leaderless, but they are also, more or less, motiveless. Frankenstien’s monster sought inclusion in community, Count Dracula was driven by conquest, but the zombie’s motivation is far baser. Alsford says that villains are motivated by “the desire to dominate, to subsume the other within the individual self...

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...

World War Z is Not a Zombie Movie


I liked Word War Z. Brad Pitt was pretty good and because he was in it, my wife would see the movie with me.  And that's  good thing. I especially liked the representation of the zombies which embodied the characteristics of both raging water and marauding ants.  This combination was new and...

Where do zombies come from?


Zombies are our monsters. We are modern and we are secular, so our monsters will be just the sort of creature that would terrorize a modern, secular audience. Because we believe in a strictly material reality, zombies can't suggest any transcendent meaning; we really don't go for that sort of thing. Another...

The World of the Zombie


The zombie is thoroughly physical; one of its primary qualities is that it has been emptied of transcendence. The same can be said about the world through which it shambles. In Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, the ordinariness of the setting reflects a thoroughly immanent world. The “dully commonplace settings”...