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  • Presentation by Hanna Jones

    Presentation by Hanna Jones

  • Zombies in Popular Culture Zombies have been seen numerous times throughout American popular culture in TV shows, movies, comic books, and novels. Some of the memorable zombie movies have been Night of the Living Dead (1968), Resident Evil (2002), Zombieland (2009), and more recently, World War Z (2013).

  • Zombie History The idea of Zombies originated in Haitian culture and and folklore and involved VooDoo

    The Haitians believe that the Boku, or priest of the town is able to Zombify someone using a potion or powder.

    As the folklore says, the priest applies the powder somewhere around the victim, and the victim will feel dizzy, feverish, and sickly

    Next, the victim will appear to die, and will be buried, only to be dug up by the priest and administered another potion to make the victim a zombie.

    At this point, the victim is an impressionable, undead being that will do whatever it is told and remembers nothing from its life.

  • The Walking Dead Background The Walking Dead originated as a graphic novel created by Robert Kirkman in 2003. The Walking Dead was then adapted into a TV show by AMC and directed by Frank Darabont The TV show is loosely based on the book, but features many of the same characters from the comic book.

  • The Walking Dead Plot Summary

    The Walking Dead follows the life of the main character Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln), who is a sheriff deputy who was shot on duty and was in a coma for several weeks. When he wakes up, he finds that the world has been inhabited by flesh-eating zombies, or walkers, and his family is gone.

  • The Walking Dead Plot Summary Rick escapes from the hospital, and meets up with a group of survivors, including his wife, Lori, and his son, Carl. Rick and his group must then learn to survive and stay morally stable in a terrifying and unstable world.

  • How Popular is the Walking Dead? The most recent season, season 4, smashed television records with over 16 million people tuning in to watch the premier. The Walking Dead also received a rating of 8.2 from people from the age of 18-49 which makes it the most popular show for that age demographic.

  • Why is the Walking Dead so popular? Although it is a horror show, and some people dont enjoy being scared, some people do enjoy horror shows A portion of the people who watch the show had read the comic books and were familiar with the characters. Some of the situations are relatable to people. People can relate to the stress that the characters have to deal with. And even though a portion of the show is all blood and gore, the heart of the show is its characters and their normal relationships.

  • What does this say about American society and popular culture?

    Although it was said to be a fad, Americans still enjoy shows and movies about the undead. Americans enjoy horror series At the heart of it all, The Walking Dead is a drama. And people enjoy watching the relationships and drama between the characters in the show.

  • BibliographyPulliam, June Michele. "Zombies in Pop Culture: Background." Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas. ABC-CLIO,2014. Web.

    11 Mar. 2014.

    Knight, Gladys L. "Zombies." Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.

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