The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film
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'The Walking Dead' Surges Again, Hits Record 16.1 Million Viewers

'The Walking Dead' Surges Again, Hits Record 16.1 Million Viewers | The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film | Scoop.it
The Walking Dead kicked off its fourth season on Sunday night -- continuing the AMC series' record-setting trend with more highs and blowing all nonsports competition out of the water.
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The Walking Dead t.v. series airing in 2010 has been extremely successful and popular. Similar to Zombieland (2009), The Walking Dead continues the typical zombie scenario but focuses on a different aspect. Zombieland turned it into comedy, while The Walking Dead focuses on drama. The show is revolved around the relationships of the characters much more than the actual zombies they are fighting, which shows how the zombie influence is spreading in pop culture and plagueing the industry from many angles.

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Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland (2009) | The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film | Scoop.it
“Zombieland” is a minor diversion dripping in splatter and groaning with self-amusement.
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The exploitation of the Zombie Film genre has led to new avenues of film. Getting closer to the present, zombie films have slowly been incorporating new themes in order to keep them alive. 

 

Zombieland was full of the same zombie survival plot and concepts as any other movie, but infused it with comedy, and an almost satirical or mocking tone towards zombies. This film really started to exlpore the confines of the zombie genre.

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Michael Jackson - Thriller

Music video by Michael Jackson performing Thriller. (C) 1982 MJJ Productions Inc. #VEVOCertified on October 29, 2010. http://www.vevo.com/certified http://ww...
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Michael Jackson's Thriller was released in 1982, during the peak of the zombie hype. This 13 minute long music video not only utilized the prominent scary, flesh eating zombie archetype, but also added music and dancing to it. This huge hit continued the momentum for zombie films but also introduced the idea of long, plotted videos for music videos.

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Night of the Living Dead (1968) - The Modern Zombie

Night of the Living Dead (1968) - The Modern Zombie | The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film | Scoop.it

" Everyone and their wicked step-sister knows that a “Zombie Film” is a commonly apocalyptic movie featuring brainless walking corpses intent on consuming living human flesh as if it were a Thanksgiving Delicacy. That would be accurate in the post-1968 cinematic world. Prior to this splash, “Zombie Films” usually featured human beings enslaved by Voodoo and controlled by some kind of mad scientist with a diabolical b-movie plan."

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Night of the Living Dead was the movie that revolutionized everything about the perception of zombies in film. Prior to its release in 1968, "zombies" were predominantly seen as simple humans that were under mind control. Ever since, the world view has shifted to a different type of zombie, which was also brain-dead, but was also dangerous, unintelligent, and craving live human flesh. This movie singlehandedly marked the new era of the Modern Zombie.

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White Zombie (1932) - Full Movie

A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. White Zombie is in the public...
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"White Zombie" is the first real Zombie genre movie to be released in 1932. This movie pretty much mirrored the Haitian Voodoo magic style of zombie where the victim is controlled by a master- in this case involving romance. "White Zombies," which is neither physically unsettling or traditionally 'scary', created the foundation upon which Zombie movies would be made. A few movies since have replicated its plot and theme, while the overall genre slowly shifted away.

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George A Romero interview: “The Walking Dead is just a soap opera with the occasional zombie”

George A Romero interview: “The Walking Dead is just a soap opera with the occasional zombie” | The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film | Scoop.it
Horror legend George A Romero on why zombies are trending... and why he's working on "a whole new fiction"
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George Romero, the most significant figure in the Zombie Film industry shares his thought about about zombies in general. He describes how pop culture is exploiting zombies with the overwhelming release of TV shows, movies, and video games. He displays his criticism for The Walking Dead series, and the movie World War Z.

 

But ultimately Romero states that zombies are so popular because they can be used to represent anything, which was the appeal to him. In any moment of the history of the Modern Zombie, there were many different symbols that the zombie apocalypse represented, from war, AIDs, consumerism, etc.Romero also makes it clear that "Zombies are trending", and apart from the socio-political footnotes, the zombie genre is just another huge successful business operation.

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21st Century- The Resident Evil Series

21st Century- The Resident Evil Series | The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film | Scoop.it
They have escaped into the mansion, where they thought it was safe. Yet...   The horror began in 1996 when Capcom released the game that changed every
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Zombies once again gained momentum in the 21st century after the original Resident Evil video game was released in 1996, which was followed by a long series of Resident Evil movies. 

Resident Evil gained so much popularity that zombies were re-emerging as the hot topic of films, much like in the 1980's, but also gained popularity in the video games industry. The 21st century was a zombie culture, filled with zombies everywhere 

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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (1978) | The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film | Scoop.it
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Dawn of the Dead was Romero's biggest and most successful movie, grossing over $55 million. After Night of the Living Dead (1968), many movies have tried to replicate Romero's style of zombie films and have been for the most part unsuccessful. Dawn of the Dead leads the Zombie genre into the 1980's which was a decade of huge boom of successful films. 

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George A. Romero

George A. Romero | The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film | Scoop.it

"Director George A. Romero has built much of his career on making horror films featuring zombies, including Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead."

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George A. Romero is the "champion of zombie films." He is the biggest name in zombie film production and is famous for his many successful, industry-setting zombie films usually revolved around some sort of an apocalypse setting. His movies, are known to have influenced the entire genre of Zombie Films- so much so that people often split up the era of Zombie Films between 'Pre-Romero' and 'Post-Romero'.

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Real Zombies Of Haiti

Real Zombies Of Haiti | The Rise and Development of Zombies in Film | Scoop.it
The shuffling, creepy zombies associated with low budget cult films are a fact of life in Haiti.
Haitians so greatly fear the bodies of dead loved ones being stolen and turned into zombies they will often dismember a dead relative before burial....
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This is the birthplace of the Zombie. According to the Haitian story, which holds some truth to an extent, voodoo magic is used to bring the dead back into life, under the master's control. This was the spark that would light up a whole new genre composed of mindless, brain-dead humanoids, exploited by the film industry, 

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