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Night of the Living Dead (USA, 1968, Regie: George A. Romero)

Textauszug „Zombie Media“ von Allan Cameron

Abstract: In zombie films, bodily phenomena of death, decay, and dismemberment are often closely aligned with the contingent traces of mediation, including film grain, distortion, and digital pixelation. Merging the technological and the physical in the frame of „zombie media,“ these films explore the breakdown of bodies, images, and meaning.

The modern zombie is a media zombie. Beginning with George A. Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, zombie films have drawn attention with insistent frequency to the role of recording and broadcast media.1 Most conspicuously, they have focused on the inability of news media to communicate the nature, scale, and imminence of the zombie threat. In Night of the Living Dead, radio and television reports funnel out-of-date information to the embattled survivors, leading them to make fatal misjudgments.


Yet the zombie film’s engagement with media extends well beyond these obvious examples of social critique and the associated notion that media are capable of „zombifying“ their audiences. This engagement, I argue, extends to the very materiality of recording and broadcast media. It is concerned with grain and pixelation, with static and speed, with the transmission and reproduction of signals. It demonstrates an ongoing fascination with vision and the body, and with the way that technology often underpins the relationship between them.“

1 Zombie cinema has an extensive history preceding Romero’s watershed film. Comprehensive accounts can be found in Peter Dendle, The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2001); Shawn Mcintosh, „The Evolution of the Zombie: The Monster That Keeps Coming Back,“ in Zombie Culture: Autopsies of the Living Dead, ed. Shawn Mcintosh and Marc Leverette (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008), 1- 17; and Jamie Russell, Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema (Godalming, UK: FAB Press, 2005).

aus: Cameron, Allan. „Zombie Media: Transmission, Reproduction, and the Digital Dead“.
Cinema Journal. Herbst 2012, 52, 1: 66-89, hier 66-67.