The only thing more "October" than drinking pumpkin spice lattes is watching hoards upon hoards of zombie movies.
Now that Halloween is just around the corner, are all of you horror fanatics starting to dust off our favorite scary movies for some much needed monster movie marathons? Ignoring the fact that that was a trick question—scary movies owned by true horror fanatics are watched all year round and thus do not collect dust—a great place to start your spooky festivities is with a good ol' fashioned zombie flick. Fandor's Jacob T. Swinney has made a short but super sweet video essay that takes you through the history of the "undead genre", marking each important event, from the first time it rose from unhallowed ground in the 1930s to its slow and lumbering invasion of TV and the internet.
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There is so much to learn about the zombie film; you can't really fit it all in a single post. But if you're itching to learn more, you can take a look at this post that shares an infographic laying out a helpful and informative timeline that details how the zombie subgenre came to be. If you want to know more about the possible social, psychological, and emotional meanings behind zombie films, you should check this post out.
We'll be posting more articles about the zombie subgenre, as well as others about horror cinema in general this Halloween season, so be sure to check back for more.