Tag Archives: Zombies

COVIDeo: #7 Dawn of the Dead

Zack Snyder’s iteration of the zombie legend from 2004 with Ving Rhames, Sarah Polley, and Mekhi Phifer. To my knowledge these are the first fast zombies, an innovation of writer James Gunn. Great song by Richard Cheese, “Down With the Sickness”:

 

Double Feature (AMS179)

The American Nightmare (2000)

A documentary on the Horror genre in the US from the 60s onward featuring interviews with directors such as George Romero, Wes Craven, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg in addition to critical remarks by several top-flight film scholars (Tom Gunning, Carol Clover, et al). A lot of emphasis is placed on the social content of a “new wave” of horror films in the context of the 1960s. Most interesting perhaps are the remarks of FX artist Tom Savini whose tour in Vietnam had a profound influence on his later work in the film industry. There is a powerful case to be made that the horror and violence of the 60s– not only in SE Asia but “at home” found a cinematic correlative in the rise of the slasher flick. Some disturbing images.

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Zombification (AMS179)

Driving home today from class I thought about the fact that 1) here we are in the middle of Black History Month (can somebody tell me why BHM is in February, the shortest month of the year?) having just completed a barnstorming tour of blackface minstrelsy and 2) we’ve begun a unit on zombies while Haiti, whose folk legends gave birth to that odd figure, lies in ruins.

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