It’s official: the zombie apocalypse is here. The living dead have been lurking in popular culture since the 1930s, but they have never been as ubiquitous or as widely-embraced as they are today.
Zombie Cinema is a lively and accessible introduction to this massively popular genre. Presenting a historical overview of zombie appearances in cinema and on television, Ian Olney also considers why, more than any other horror movie monster, zombies have captured the imagination of twenty-first-century audiences.
Surveying the landmarks of zombie film and TV, from White Zombie to The Walking Dead, the book also offers unique insight into why zombies have gone global, spreading well beyond the borders of American and European cinema to turn up in films from countries as far-flung as Cuba, India, Japan, New Zealand, and Nigeria. Both fun and thought-provoking, Zombie Cinema will give readers a new perspective on our ravenous hunger for the living dead.
About the Author
IAN OLNEY is an associate professor of English at York College of Pennsylvania in York. He is the author of Euro Horror: Classic European Horror Cinema in Contemporary American Culture.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction: Our Zombies, Ourselves 1 Black Mask, White Zombies 2 Consumer Culture 3 Boy Eats Girl Conclusion: Homebodies Further Reading Works Cited Index