July 4, 2011

Zombie Movies for Independence Day

Are there any truly patriotic American zombie films?

Zombie Presidents by Greg Lambrakis
If so, they're rare as a white buffalo. I've noticed that zombie films, as a whole, tend to avoid simple patriotic themes regardless of their country of origin. Since Romero used zombies as a metaphor for the dangers of consumerism in Dawn of the Dead, subsequent filmmakers have continued to use zombies as subversive critiques of American and modern culture. Afterall, zombie films tend to deal with the collapse of society, inhumanity, and selfish inner conflicts -- these themes make it difficult to present a story that's very nationalistic.

So, as my American readers celebrate Independence Day, I'm sorry I can't find you any zombie films that shout, "AMERICA IS NUMBER ONE!" as you all did when Osama bin Laden was killed. However, if you're looking for zombie films that deal with American themes, history, and iconography, please enjoy the following (subversive) recommendations.

Zombies of Mass Destruction



Homecoming



Uncle Sam



American Zombie



The Curse of the Cannibal Confederates