The Zombie Apocalypse

Why are we fascinated with the walking dead who want to eat us?

The runaway success of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (currently in its third season) highlights the recent potency of zombie stories.

Once wholly a genre for horror/grind house cinema, zombie media has made the tough crossover from “pulp” to “pulpular.” “Zombie walks,” including thousands of participants shuffling in gore makeup, are a global trend, bringing flash mob energy to raise money for charities—usually to combat brain disease. Zombie games are routinely on top lists in app stores, and longer video games, including “Dead Space,” bring the apocalypse into our living rooms. The list goes on, and gets an addition today with the zombie love story movie Warm Bodies.


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