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The Dead Walk

Andy Black
Noir Publishing, 160 pages paperback 11.99 / $19.95
review by Jeff Young

This is probably a long awaited update on zombies in the cinema as the only other critical book I can think of that touches on this theme is Halliwell's lamentable effort, The walking Dead. Andy Black's study begins with an exploration of the rise to prominence of voodoo in Haiti (revealing its murky but fascinating historical origins in the Caribbean's mixing of European Catholicism and African tribal culture), from where it tracks the erratic course of zombie legends through such mysterious, quasi-religious rites, modern scientific inquiries into anaesthetic drugs, and the Haitian political intrigues of 'Papa Doc', to the fully developed folklore of today's horror film iconography.
 There are ten chapters. 'Monochrome Zombies' time-warps us all the way back to Jacques Tourneur's atmospheric I Walked With A Zombie, and Mark Robson's superb Isle Of The Dead, noting why these films owe so much to their culture clash plotlines and how they delivered a strong counterpoint to the then popular urban noir thriller. Next, Black praises John Gilling's melodramatic offering Plague Of The Zombies and, although he argues a good case on its behalf, I still think that film is one of the worst clunkers Hammer produced. We are on safer ground with George Romero's gruesome and gothic America of Night Of The Living Dead, the episodic Dawn Of The Dead, and Day Of The Dead which, taken together, form the most satisfying and complex trilogy of zombie films yet seen. Not content with revisiting the exotically supernatural horror and deliriously enjoyable gore-fest shockers that most film fans would think of when discussing zombies of the cinema, Black also examines offbeat SF zombies - often simply cases of parasitic possession - and looks at the history of that curious cousin of the traditional voodoo created zombie, the Mummy. All of which brings us right up to date with the recent trio of films based on ancient Egyptian curses and the 20th century's greedy tomb robbers who ignore the familiar legends.
 As an all-inclusive survey of a singularly unfashionable and (it must be said) largely disreputable theme, this is a treat for fans of subgenre cinema.

Jeff Young

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