Religion In Zombie Movies

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It is easy to find believers who say religion is their salvation; it is much more difficult to find people who will say it is their damnation. Directors do not seem to have a problem profaning religion- monster movies have long used religion as an inspiration for their terrifying creations. Of those movies, few have had more thrilling success than the vampire genre. In contrast, zombie movies rarely draw on religious inspiration, preferring to stay firmly grounded in the realm of science fiction. I will examine the religious dimension of the creation of zombies and vampires, analyze the role religion plays in the resolution of the films, and conclude with a few remarks about the genres as a whole. Both Warm Bodies (2013) and Byzantium (2012)…show more content…
Only those who are deemed worthy (that is, virtuous and willing to die) by the all-male cult, are shown its location, which is printed on an old map kept in a small bejeweled box. Then, the initiate journeys to an island made entirely of black rock, swarming with dark birds. At the top of a steep cliff is a small stone dwelling- a humble hermit hut that houses the shrine. The initiate enters alone, causing a tornado of birds to burst from the top of the shrine. They come face-to-face with a bleeding doppelganger, who, after a brief exchange, attacks the initiate fatally. The streams that run down the island turn bright red, and the new vampire emerges. The divine element is as present in Byzantium as it is lacking in Warm Bodies. Almost all of the elements seem preternatural, if not supernatural. Humans have no control over rock formations, birds, and are unable to turn water to blood. The ominous doppelganger is especially significant; in the real world, they are thought to be omens of death. Assuming that the message translates, the doppelganger is further evidence of the divine. Humans cannot create omens; they are prophetic messages from the
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