Featuring chronological reviews of more than 300 zombie films—from 1932's White Zombie to the AMC series The Walking Dead—this thorough, uproarious guide traces the evolution of one of horror cinema’s most popular and terrifying creations. Fans will learn exactly what makes a zombie a zombie, go behind the scenes with a chilling production diary from Land of the Dead, peruse a bizarre list of the oddest things ever seen in undead cinema, and immerse themselves in a detailed rundown of the 25 greatest zombie films ever made. Containing an illustrated zombie rating system, ranging from "Highly Recommended" to "Avoid at All Costs" and "So Bad It’s Good," the book also features lengthy interviews with numerous talents from in front of and behind the camera. This updated and expanded second edition contains more than 100 new and rediscovered films, providing plenty of informative and entertaining brain food for movie fans.
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I'm by no means a horror movie fan. I wasn't too sure whether I'd be able to stomach the book or not. As it turned out, though, it's really interesting. The author is extremely knowledgeable about zombies in legend as well as in movies. He's even appeared a movie or two as a shambling zombie extra.In this guide he gives a historical overview of the origin of Haitian voudou. Then he reviews zombie moves in chronological order by decade, from the '20s and '30s through 2008. For each decade, he gives the historical background that influenced the movie makers as well as the movie goers, and talks about how these factors influenced the changes in the genre over time.He includes not just American and British films, but movies from Italy, Spain, Mexico, Korea, and Japan. He doesn't disguise the fact that some of the overseas zombie films can be rather bewildering to a North American viewer. But he still is able to appreciate their unique approach and energy.There's another good point about this book. While the author's a fan of these flicks, he doesn't evince the disturbing obsession with gore which troubles me about so many horror fan writings. He can appreciate it, especially if it's done well. But it's not the only thing that interests him. He can enjoy films that subtly manipulate mood and tension. He praises movies that tell an intriguing story or have a striking sub-text. He's also includes a system that rates the films from classic to laughable.Another nice thing about the book is that is copiously illustrated. Lots of pics from the films, often movie stills and ads, or overseas posters. Horror fans might be disappointed that there's only a limited section in color. But that was just fine by me.So, if you like zombie flicks, or if you just want to read about them, check out this book.read more
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