Zombies In The Film Night Of The Living Dead

Superior Essays
Zombies are a phenomenon that almost everyone has heard about. Shambling mindless corpses trying to feast on the flesh of the living. The idea of the undead has been around for almost as long as people and their culture have. There have been multiple cultural variants of zombies and ideas of how to keep the dead from coming back to haunt the living such as the theory behind the origin of the tombstone was that it was literally a giant rock that cavemen rolled on top of graves to keep the body pinned down if the corpse reanimated. The first modern zombies originated in Haiti and has become a massive part of American culture through the stories of American authors and reporters that had visited Haiti in the nineteen twenties and thirties. …show more content…
It is the first piece of media to depict a true apocalypse of flesh eating zombies. The idea of a zombie infestation dispersing all across America and no body being safe was a brand-new idea and became very popular very quick. The idea of hordes of undead roaming the streets looking for the flesh of the few living so they could eat them and then turn them into zombies was something the world had never seen before. The movie played on a new fear and Americans loved it. The movie also played on the fears of the time. The film was released in 1968 which was during the Vietnam War. In the movie, death doesn’t help the protagonists win. Death doesn’t do anything really which is a commentary on how the countless deaths in Vietnam weren’t helping the cause at all. The protagonists also don’t win in the end of the movie which was rare for a movie back then. The main character is accidentally killed at the end of the movie when mistaken for a zombie. This is a bleak and hopeless end which is commentary on the bleak outlook on the future American’s had in the 1960s with the endless fighting in Vietnam and the assassination of JFK only happening a few years earlier. Another point of interest in the movie is the main protagonist. The main protagonist, Ben, is portrayed by a black actor, Duane Jones. The film’s director Romero claims it is because …show more content…
The idea of the apocalypse appeals to so many people because it is the end of the world as they know it. A story that involves the apocalypse shows a world that is unrecognizable even though it is our own. People, especially people today, like this because it shows a word that is free of laws and safety. The idea of the zombie apocalypse has gained popularity very quickly since Night of the Living Dead and saw another large jump after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. This jump in popularity of the idea of the zombie apocalypse can be attributed to the mindset of the people in the culture that the media is created in. Apocalyptic stories are typically not joyous stories with happy endings. They are normally stories of mass death and end with an unfixable world. These stories have seen a jump in popularity during times of civil unrest. Ever since the first peak in popularity in the 60s during the Vietnam war there have been peaks in the number of stories about the zombie apocalypse during the Cold War, the U.S. involvement in the Middle East, and post-9/11 attacks. These stories of the end of the world may have a depressing and overall dark tone to them but they also tell the story of the end of the world. The end of the world means that there is nothing after it. “Theologically, the violence and

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Zombies In World War Z

    • 1041 Words
    • 5 Pages

    The use of Zombies in World War Z is best described as a racial movement. The zombies may represent many things within the movement, but mainly, that is all the zombies are. A sudden rampage of an uncontrollable epidemic that applies to everyone and everything. Not only do the zombies make the statement of such a large direct impact on humans because of one simple thing, but the zombies cause a series of events to stack onto each other, causing world-wide stress and changing the way everything works in an instant. All of this because of the way the zombies represent themselves as a simple racial movement.…

    • 1041 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Why Zombies Are Popular

    • 504 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Zombies are popular in modern day culture because the represent epidemic outbreaks, anxieties and our daily rituals. One reason why zombies are so popular in this era is because we can compare them to the disease and virus outbreaks in today’s world. For example in World War Z, a zombie is trapped in the bathroom when a flight attendant opens the door. Soon after the zombie lashes onto the flight attendant biting her causing her to turn into a zombie. One person after another person gets bitten and in less then 5 minutes the one zombie has turned into over 50.…

    • 504 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    I will also identify the type of argumentation writing that they used in their articles. In the article, “My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead” by Chuck Klosterman, a novel writer, he explains zombies are a metaphor to our world. Klosterman begins to explain how television shows about zombies affect their viewers and the reason why their viewers get hooked on the show. Klosterman used the popular television show, The Walking Dead as an example of a show that had a huge audience watching it on television for the first time that it aired. He describes how Zombies grab the audience’s attention by showing how brain dead they are and how they interesting they become when they are being triggered by humans attempting to kill them by aiming for their brain.…

    • 2148 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The popularity that zombies still elicit in the media can be traced back to one film that changed the landscape of horror films to come after it. George Romero’s 1968 independent black and white classic film, Night of the Living Dead, shocked the American public with a level of violence and gore that had previously never been seen in films. It created a divide between people who both loved it and hated it, but since its release, Night of the Living Dead has become touted as the film that revived and renewed the zombie genre. In addition, this film portrayed the social and political…

    • 963 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    From their dead eyes to their rotting bodies, the image of the zombie has become an icon in today’s society. Surpassing other horror characters, zombies over the years have become prevalent across a multitude of medias and genres. Although these brain-eating creatures are a work of fiction, author Chuck Klosterman argues that the life of the zombie apocalypse does not stray as far away from today’s society as some would think. Through his essay, My Zombie, Myself, Klosterman discusses the prevalence of zombies in media today through rhetorical devices such as allusions, anecdotes, and figurative language in order to convey that the human way of life is becoming more akin to that of a zombie’s. Klosterman begins his essay utilizing multiple…

    • 1272 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    World War Z: Zombie Virus

    • 1784 Words
    • 8 Pages

    In World War Z in comparison we can take a look at celebrities who hide in a house fully fitted to survive onslaughts of zombies but made one fatal mistake. From the viewpoint of what he…

    • 1784 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    I knew this because the story will gain more ground if it were to be a science fiction story or a film. What is the evidence presented by the author to support ideas? An evidence that supported the Authors’ idea was that Amber’s husband woke up from the dead despite the decaying and ruining body condition. That he walks back home to fulfill his promise. Other evidence is that zombies then visited and had a conversation with Amber.…

    • 829 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The zombies had Commanders, Generals, medics, Liutenent's, and the abilities to plan and imagine are not thought of when a zombie is brought up. Zombies are looked at as one dimensional flesh eating animals but in Last Stand they are portrait more as humans. When Gareth was dying after the ambush, Monica was getting very emotional, which is very un-characteristic for a zombie, and she felt like she now had to take over Gareth's role in thier own war vs. the humans. Monica even gave a motivational speech to all the zombies in her…

    • 799 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Not only would slaves be stuck as a zombie, they would be stuck as a living dead slave cutting sugarcane eternally. Though zombies are becoming more mainstream, the history of it will never change. As Amy Wilentz stated in "A Zombie is a Slave Forever" the zombie is scary in different kinds of ways. But the history of a slave is much more scary. Imagine not being able to be in control of your own body.…

    • 404 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Essay On Zombie Mania

    • 1828 Words
    • 8 Pages

    Not only have new movies been made and old continued, but recent movies have put historical figures at the forefront of this dilemma; one such movie is Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies. To balance out the horror of many zombie apocalypse movies, many producers have made movies that were meant to make the apocalypse seem a bit humorous. One famous movie like this is Sean of the Dead, a movie in which the main character does not even realize there is a zombie apocalypse for a good portion of the first half of the…

    • 1828 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays