Gospel of the living dead : George Romero's visions of hell on earth

by Paffenroth, Kim, 1966-

Format: Print Book 2006
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 791.43 Paffenroth
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  791.43 Paffenroth
 
 
Summary

Winner of the 2006 Bram Stoker Award, Gospel of the Living Dead connects American social and religious views with the classic American movie genre of the zombie horror film. For nearly forty years, the films of George A. Romero have presented viewers with hellish visions of our world overrun by flesh-eating ghouls. This study proves that Romero's films, like apocalyptic literature or Dante's Commedia , go beyond the surface experience of repulsion to probe deeper questions of human nature and purpose, often giving a chilling and darkly humorous critique of modern, secular America.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "You don't have to be a fan of zombie movies to learn from them, but it probably helps. Paffenroth, an associate professor of religious studies at Iona College, is one fan who has turned his fascination into a detailed narrative analysis of the George Romero zombie films (Night of the Living Dead; Dawn of the Dead; Land of the Dead), which he calls "secular descendants of Dante's Inferno." He finds ample social criticism and illustration of old-fashioned "sin" in each film, which gives him optimism for the future of the zombie genre. Written with academic rigor but not with academic jargon, Paffenroth invites us to search the sometimes silly and profane zombie films for deeper religious meanings about how we, the living, act with less humanity at times than the "undead." Paffenroth weaves Christian theology, social criticism and allusions to Dante's Inferno throughout his discussion of films that feature cannibalism, mayhem and terror-a feat that probably has to be read to be believed. This is an excellent resource not just for fans of low-budget zombie films, but for anyone who wants to understand the appeal of the genre. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Romero, George A. -- Criticism and interpretation.
Zombie films -- History and criticism.
Publisher Waco, Tex. :Baylor University Press,2006
Language English
Description ix, 195 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-190) and index.
ISBN 1932792651 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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