The Zombie — The dead are always with us

 I saw this film at a midnight showing at the Vogue theatre in Denver, Colorado, around the year 1978, and my life has never been the same. What compelled me most about this movie, aside from the garish, low budget, black-and-white look of  the thing was the central metaphor that the Dead could come back, and have an impact on the living. That there was life after death, but it wasn’t all clouds and harps…I was so taken by the idea that death did not stop the narrative, but was just another step–that the dead were still a very active and crucial part of the lives of the living. 

I can’t say much more about this gem that hasn’t already been said, but I’ll just acknowledge that Zombies have figured prominently in my  writing since “The Buckle’s Undone”(1986) , thru “The Dead Comic.”(1993), and right on up to “Slides of My Trip to Hell” (1995),  and “Reynard Blanc” (1997). In other words, I was into Zombies way before they were cool… And incidentally, I’ve drawn thousands and thousands of pictures of Zombies, intrigued I guess by the basic human form, altered sometimes, in an almost surrealistic manner.

I could go on and on…

Genuflect with me, if you will, upon Romero’s sublime masterpiece…  

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~ by tjeffcarey on February 9, 2012.

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