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Better Off DeadThe Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human$
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Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234462

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234462.001.0001

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Zombie Movies and the “Millennial Generation”

Zombie Movies and the “Millennial Generation”

(p.175) Chapter 11 Zombie Movies and the “Millennial Generation”
Better Off Dead

Peter Dendle

Fordham University Press

This chapter takes up some of the zombie's most pressing genre concerns. In the main, the chapter describes the recent controversy over delimitation of the category of the zombie, as filmmakers have begun to play with the accepted conventions, and audiences have expanded their definitions of what counts as a zombie. One of the central concerns has been termed “the fast vs. slow zombie debate.” Here the chapter describes the origins of the conflict, and ties the issue to other recent developments: most notably, the explosion of technology use in the everyday. The chapter seeks to explain how the fast zombie may be a reflection of the Millennial Generation's sped up expectations in a world of instant downloads and immediate gratification. The chapter also looks at the persistence of the slow zombie, particularly in a mainstay of the genre, amateur filmmaking, and the nostalgia it preserves.

Keywords:   fast zombies, Millennial Generation, technology, nostalgia, amateur filmmaking, zombie

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