Saturday, July 31, 2010
It may be difficult for many to grasp the idea of zombies as more than just decaying, decrepit, cannibalistic monsters, but the progression American zombie film is a direct correlation of the evolution of the black individual in America. By showcasing the blatantly racist voodoo induced zombies of the 1930’s and leading into the post-civil rights movement black protagonists, it becomes very obvious of the zombie film’s impact on not only society, but also the genre as a whole. Horror films have been forever changed by the zombie film, not only as a means of terrifying audiences, but also as a showcase to society’s inner workings. American attitudes toward race relations underwent dramatic change during the 20th century, and we can now understand that the zombie film was in synch with those changes every step of the way.