- Author(s): James Reitter
- When: 2011-09
- Where: Zombies Are Us: Essays on the Humanity of the Walking Dead
The zombie is arguably the most popular monster figure of the last 30 years of horror cinema. After the pioneer film Night of the Living Dead (1968). the zombie has been the subject a, or critical component to hundreds of films. We see zombies everywhere, from video games and cartoons to advertisements in big business. The subject has even invaded recent science, as fire ants that are impregnated with impregnated with fly larvae exhibit "zombie-like" behavior before their heads fall off (Moore, 2003). Although Romero is the undisputed godfather of zombie cinema, his Italian counterpart Lucio Fulci is worthy of critical recognition for his unique portrayal of the undead in films such as Zombie (1979), City of the Living Demi (1980), and The Beyond (1981).