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The dead know where you are, and they are hungry.

The runaway success of AMC's "The Walking Dead" highlights the recent potency of zombie stories. Once wholly a genre for horror/grind house cinema, zombie media has made the tough crossover ...

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Richard Antonowicz

March 13, 2013  10:32am

With regard to the Ben character in the movie, "Night of the Living Dead." Turns out that he is wrong about what the group should do. They should have all hid in the basement. The article doesn't seem to take into account what the zombie genre has seemed to evolve to: opportunities to display gratuitous violence. The current storyline of "The Wallking Dead" graphic novel is a case in point. A very likable character who has been in the series since the beginning has his head obliterated by someone yielding a basebat bat. This turn has made me rethink if I want to keep following this series. And it's like someone said in an review. There's not many characters left that you care about.

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Douglas schulze

February 23, 2013  7:41am

Great article. Very timely. I recently produced a film entitled MIMESIS: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD that was just released nationwide by Anchor Bay.on dvd. It's at WalMart, Target and most rental outlets. The word Mimesis refers to imitation more specifically the imitation of life in art. The film explores the horror fan subculture and how horror movies fans take their obsession with the zombie film to the "next level". The story asks; what happens when we grow tired of just watching horror films and we decide to start LIVING them. In some ways the film is meant as an homage to Romero's classic but on another level the film seeks to explore the psychology and even spirituality behind our love of zombie films. I say spirituality because the central theme running through the film deals with the notion that today we live in a kind of self made "hell on earth" . Trailer link or facebook .

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Matt Slykhuis

February 07, 2013  9:44pm

Thanks for this one. I often poll my students to see how many have a secret wish to be a survivor in a zombie-apocalypse, and I pretty much always find that a majority of each class raises their hands. I whole heartedly agree that a large part of the allure of this genre is the way it strips away so much of the meaningless trappings of our culture, and asks us to consider what we would be left with in an apocalypse--i.e., beauty, community, terror (often, in this genre, a hope in the transcendent that is ultimately disappointed).

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audrey ruth

February 05, 2013  9:56pm

Derek C, are you suggesting that zombies (and similar other critters like aliens and vampires) are anything but myths? I have worked with people who were fascinated with such things, and my lack of interest has never been an impediment to friendship. We've found many other ways to connect, via common interests.

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Ken johnson

February 05, 2013  6:57pm

The last paragraph in the article sure sounds a lot like what a secular humanist would say. Maybe were all not that far apart in our "belief systems" as we think. Here's hoping.

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Derek C

February 04, 2013  1:57pm

Like the question raised here. Matt Kaplan, author of Medusa''s gaze and vampire''s bite : the science of monsters, suggests that zombies represent what we fear in a great interview on NPR. Understanding why zombies are popular offers an opportunity to engage popular culture redemptively. @Audrey, I'd be interested to hear how you would connect to those whose myths you dismiss. Becoming informed about what people follow does not suggest affirmation nor even interest. At the least, recognizing underlying motives for why people like zombies, Downton Abbey, or the Big Bang Theory gives us an avenue to have connect with those around us.

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audrey ruth

February 03, 2013  5:30am

I'm not the least bit interested, much less fascinated, by such myths. Just saddened that so many people are so entranced by such things.

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Trent DeJong

February 01, 2013  5:45pm

Thanks for the article. Our monsters (and heroes) tell us a lot about who we are (or think we are) as a society. Heroes tend to embody what society believes to be the ideal self and monsters tend to represent what we aren't. They challenge the boundaries between them and us. When the hero wins, our cultural identity is clarrified. The question, then, is, "What does the zombie tell us about ourselves?" They aren't like any other monster. Like previous monsters, they do represent the monstrous other, but they also seem to represent the self (weren't heroes supposed to do that?)--the monstrous self. (More on this at

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