I was 23 and the year was 2020 and the zombie apocalypse just started. How did it start you ask? I’ll get to that later but my base was attacked by zombies and other survivors and I was the only one who survived. I helped stop the zombie apocalypse by creating a vaccine. I learned that day that I was very important to the world.
The horror film The White Zombie was credited as the first zombie movie. In this movie, they used the proper origin of the real zombie; however, in movies and tv shows following it, they weren’t so accurate. In the more recent films, zombies come about because of a pandemic. A pandemic is a widespread disease across a country or the world. In George Romero’s movie Night of the Living Dead the audience saw the people being brought to life as zombies.
This reason is why zombies have become so popular in the past 15 years. The United States has been through tragedies left and right since the great depression in 1929. This section links my idea about the sociological study of zombie culture, to the culture of our country, while also introducing a new sociological idea. The idea that cultural productions, such as zombies, reveal something about the societies that created them, and cultural productions also uncover structural patterns of those societies. There is no coincidence that the first zombie movie was made in 1932 (Aizenberg), right in the middle of the great depression.
The western genre has been well established as one of the “six paradigms”  of genre, while the zombie genre of film is less established, and can fall under any of the six genre types outlined by. True Grit, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a western that follows the journey of three people, with different motivations, searching for a well known murderer in the American Old West. One film that takes the form of a comedy, in the zombie subgenre, is Shaun of the Dead, directed by Edgar Wright, which shows a man and his friends and family attempt to survive a zombie outbreak in London. Mattie Ross, portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld in the Coen brother’s True Grit, and Shaun, portrayed by Simon Pegg in Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, are both unlikely protagonists because they defy their respective genre’s conventions as heroes even though their motivations remain stereotypical. The western is a film genre that primarily deals with issues set in the American Old West, during the late 19th century.
In the science fiction novel, I am Legend, by Richard Matheson, the author, by accurately and minutely describing Robert Neville’s reactions, thoughts and emotions, allows his readership to engage with his story and to imagine what it’s like to be alone in a hostile world. Robert Neville has been fighting off vampires from inside his house for many years because he is the last human being alive. He goes through many obstacles, trying to find a cure for the vampires, and goes through many mental challenges as well. Robert has changed as a result of all this happening to him. He thinks, reacts, and does things differently than before the outbreak.
In the movie, the main character, Jim, towards the end of the movie, gets infected by the rage virus but learns to control it. For example, in the movie, “Jim kills a man aggressively as he rips another man's eyes out and then runs over towards his friend selena. Selena is scared to die because he is infected and would most likely kill her, but Jim controls the virus with his ego that balances the sides of him out and doesn't let the virus and infection take control of him” (Boyle). 28 Days Later also connects to the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde because Jim is a very similar character to Dr. Jekyll. Both characters have two sides to them, but the only difference is that Jim can control and balance between his good and evil side, while Jekyll fails to control his transformation between the two sides of
Good (Evening, morning), etc., I’m Christopher Power, and I’ll be talking about critically acclaimed and personal favorite Television Show: Rick and Morty. With my interest in the show and the new season airing this year I thought an analysis of the philosophy of Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty chronicle the misadventures of the misanthropic mad scientist Rick Sanchez accompanied by his fretful and naive grandson Morty Smith. The duo split their time between interdimensional adventures across the universe and domestic family life. Rick and Morty follow the fundamental traditions of sci-fi horror, often paying homage to The Ghostbusters, filmmaker David Cronenberg, Nosferatu, and Freddy Kreuger.
Vlad has been able to withstand the test of time. Instead of being forgotten in the past, he has lived through the myth of Count Dracula. Every year, around the fall months, his legend resurrects again. Vlad the Impaler is one of history's most controversial and iconic figures because he used ruthless and contentious methods to build and expand his empire in 15th century Europe, as well as being the birth of a classic halloween figure that we have all come to know and
Movie Review: The Babadook In the world, there are many movies. All of them range from great movies to terrible movies. However, the focus for this review is the horror movie “The Babadook.” This movie was made in 2014 and was directed by Jennifer Kent. According to Common Sense Media, The Babadook is rated at four stars out of five. The main actors include the mother Amelia, her son Samuel, The Babadook, and her deceased husband.
Except for vampire, zombie is another popular theme in the big screen or TV shows, like Resident Evil, The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, etc. Zombies embody people’s great fear or anxiety about the future because we’re living in the very uncertain times with plenty of terrorist attacks, climate changing and natural disasters. While worrying about what will happen in the future, people still think about how to survive if the apocalypse really comes. Then it is easy to explain the big success of The Walking Dead, for it exhibits how people would act in a survivalist situation. On the other hand, zombie is the reflection of ourselves; for example, James Parker states that “here zombiedom seems to germinate through a fog of hangovers, Monday television, lapses in conversation” (345).