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

Author: Kim Paffenroth
Publisher: Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For nearly forty years the zombie films of George A. Romero have presented viewers with hellish visions of our world overrun by flesh-eating ghouls. This rigorous but entertaining study shows how these films use Christian imagery from the Bible and Dante to probe deeper questions of human nature and purpose, while also giving a chilling and darkly humorous critique of modern, secular America that should be heeded  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Paffenroth, Kim, 1966-
Gospel of the living dead.
Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607261123
Named Person: George A Romero; George A Romero; George A Romero; George A Romero; George A Romero
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Paffenroth
ISBN: 1932792651 9781932792652
OCLC Number: 70230671
Awards: Winner of Bram Stoker Awards (Nonfiction) 2006
Runner-up for IndieFab awards (Popular Culture) 2006
Description: ix, 195 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the themes of the current zombie movie genre --
Night of the living dead (1968) : Romero's first look at Hell, sin, and human nature --
Dawn of the dead (1978) : consumerism, materialism, and the fourth circle of hell --
Day of the dead (1985) : violence, perverted reason, and the lower circles of Hell --
Dawn of the dead (2004) : Limbo and the partial victory of reason and virtue --
Land of the dead (2005) : the deepest abyss of Hell and the final hope --
Conclusion : the meaning and future of zombie movies.
Responsibility: Kim Paffenroth.
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Connects American social and religious views with the classic American movie genre of the zombie horror film. This study proves that Romero's films, like apocalyptic literature or "Dante's Commedia",  Read more...

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