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Monday, June 05, 2006

MLM: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead 

“They’re coming to get you, Barbra.” – Most over-quoted horror movie line of all time.

It’s such a murderously simple concept: Trap a bunch of people in a house, keep them confronting each other with few distractions, and watch the whole situation implode. But horror fans, being detail fetishists, disregard what purpose the zombies serve and instead just fixate on the zombies themselves. This is how we end up with completely inane debates about whether fast or slow zombies are the “real” ones, or if it’s “right” to have zombies that think. You know, the important things.

But Night of the Living Dead was a pure experience. Though there are hints and insinuations that the problems of the handful of people trapped in the farmhouse were the same as everyone else in the world, it ultimately doesn’t matter. What matters is surviving the night. Though the various people trapped in the house come from different social spheres, the zombies act as equalizers; with the living dead pounding at the door, rich man and poor man alike are just so much walking meat.

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