December 30, 2004


So last night I'm sipping Irish coffee and watching Dawn of the Dead, when Hublet returns from his movie night with a pal (he saw The Aviator and recommends it, btw). As he paused in the den to stare at the onscreen carnage, he remarked, "So what is up with all the zombie movies, anyway?"

"Oh, I don't know," I said, "you could probably do some sociological study about the hidden fin de siecle fears of the late post-industrial 20th century American society and the zombie's embodiment of those fears as regards imminent societal collapse, or something."

I was half kidding. And feeling pretty mellow, what with the Irish coffee.

I suppose the mellowness explains why I totally overlooked the Marxist aspects of the genre. Gotta love the internet. And zombies.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at December 30, 2004 10:03 AM

``A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of communism'' first line of the Manifesto of the Communist Party.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at December 30, 2004 05:49 PM

If any Marxists were looking for evidence of capitalism as a force of corruption, I'm afraid they could do no better than view this "Dawn of the Dead" movie. Don't know what my darling wife saw in it, but it was nothing but an irredeemable bloodfest.

Of course, the advent of Marxism brought actual bloodfests, so all things ought to be kept in perspective.

Posted by: Husband of BAW at December 31, 2004 11:34 AM

I go around saying that the movie sucked ass because it was my Evil Ex-Boyfriend's favorite movie of all time (note: he's got a master's degree in English and is currently shtupping a student). But what I really hate about it is the fact that zombie movies are basically hopeless and gross. Still, I've heard good things about Shaun of the Dead so I'd be willing to see that one.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at January 3, 2005 08:46 PM

I've not seen the film, but I do have similiar reactions to Thomas the Tank Engine. All this talk about being "really useful engines" and worrying about being scrapped by The Man reminds me a little too much of the Federal Theatre and Revenge of the Beavers.

Concerned for Percy's self-esteem,
Ph.D. Mama

Posted by: Ph.D. Mama at March 5, 2005 11:50 AM