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Undead ApocalypseVampires and Zombies in the 21st Century$
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Stacey Abbott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694907

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694907.001.0001

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The Cinematic Rising: The Resurgence of the Zombie

The Cinematic Rising: The Resurgence of the Zombie

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(p.62) Chapter 3 The Cinematic Rising: The Resurgence of the Zombie
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Undead Apocalypse
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Stacey Abbott

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694907.003.0004

This chapter discusses how between 2002-2005 a selection of films emerged that sought to re-imagine the zombie film through the lens of 21st century cultural and scientific pre-occupations. The global blockbuster, and critical, success of these films served to launch a renaissance of zombie cinema that continues to dominate contemporary horror films. Like the vampire, the new zombie film has been reconceived through the language of science via discourses of virology and pandemic, but also through the language of 21st century media, in the form of the found footage film. This chapter discusses this new, post-Romero, zombie film in the light of 9/11 and the growing culture of apocalypse that dominates contemporary media. Case studies include [REC], 28 Days Later, Resident Evil, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Dawn of the Dead.

Keywords:   Zombie, Romero, 9/11, Apocalypse, Virology, Blockbuster

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