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Zombie 2860 Presentation

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Cara Alexander

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Zombies as Empty Vessels
George Who?
Night of the Living Dead
World War Z
Dawn of the Dead
Overall Connections
Zombies are empty vessels portraying the struggles of societies at the time
As Zombies and Popular Culture have evolved, so have the settings these stories are told in
As the world has progressively become more global so will Zombies and their environment
Shaun of the Dead

Day of the Dead
Land of the Dead
It isn’t simply that zombies used to mean something — it’s that the very appeal of zombies lay in their capacity for meaning.
In NOTLD Zombies were monsters, who feed off of the destruction of other, as opposed to mindless creatures created by Vodou
First film to utilize setting as a commentary for social issues
The House
Mall as commentary for Capitalism
Romero’s meaning isn’t as plain as his notes on consumerism in Dawn of the Dead, or society’s burgeoning aggression in Night of the Living Dead; the director circulates over several central themes. Consider the undead a representation for the populace subject to the dementia of institutions like military and science. Or, perhaps, Romero wishes for a world where those same institutions are overrun by the masses; certainly his later films propose such arguments.
Commentary on Class as well as capitalism
Functions as a satire for earlier Zombie Films
All of these movies really utilized specific locations and structures to create a dialogue on larger social issues.

Is that how Zombie films work today?
Transitional 21st Century Phase
28 Days later changed Zombies from Slow to Fast moving Monsters
This allows for more diverse setting, and portrays the fast changing world of technology and medicine
Takes place across continental US
Satirizes older Zombie films
Parrallel to treatment of Native Americans
Global representation of Zombies
Allegorical to the Function of a virus
The idea of a fort of stronghold is no longer a solution
Raises awareness about the reality of real viruses
i.e. Ebola
Presentation Overview
Setting used as a tool for establishing themes and discourse within the films
How zombie film settings can be linked as reactions to actual historical events.
How settings in Zobie flms have become more global in nature, rather than concentrated in idealogical anxiety.
Works Cited
Bishop, Kyle W. Introduction – The Zombie Film and its Cycles. American Zombie Gothic. By Bishop. Mcfarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2010. 18-31. Print
Dendle, Peter. "The Zombie as Barometer of Cultural Anxiety." Monsters and the Monstrous Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil. By Niall Scott. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. 45- 57. Google Books. Web. 27 Oct. 2010.
Gavin Polone (Producer), & Ruben Fleischer (Director). 2009. Zombieland (Motion Picture). United States: Columbia Pictures.
"Zombies! : An Illustrated History of the Undead." (Book, 2011) [WorldCat.org]. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.
Nasiruddin, Melissa, Monique Halabi, Alexander Dao, Kyle Chen, and Brandon Brown. "Zombies-A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness." Zombies-A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness. Center For Disease Control and Prevention, 23 Apr. 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.
Strohecker, Dave Paul. "The Zombie in Film." Cyborgology The Zombie in Film FULL ESSAY Parts I II and III Comments. Cyborgology, 27 Feb. 2012. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.

Turning Over a New Leaf
From Idealogical Roots to Global Branches
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