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The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia

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Zombies are cautionary forms of humankind's most universally cherished ideal--life after death. Often ragged, unkempt, ill-spoken, rotting individuals, zombies (or the post-dead) seem socially awkward in comparison to the more popular and more aristocratic, undead, like Count Dracula and his peers. And so, the humble zombie remains, for the most part, unappreciated and una ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published December 29th 2010 by McFarland & Company (first published December 1st 2000)
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Let's face it: I love zombies! Zombie movies, zombie books, whatever. They're just "fun"! So when I saw that I'd won The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia through Library Thing's Early Reviewers, I thought "What fun!"

I wasn't sure what to expect, but figured it was probably your standard-type of movie listing book. Just a list of movies, year released, actors, and quick synopsis.

What I found instead was a bit more than that. The book begins with an in-depth Introduction, whereby the author explains his
Why read: Received for review from LibraryThing Early Reviewers

What impressed me: I enjoyed that Dendle put his own voice and opinions in the reviews. It felt more personal that most movie encyclopedia reviews.

What disappointed me: The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia is terribly out of date. Why publish a book in 2010 if you haven't updated the information since it was first published in 2001? A huge amount of zombie movies have been released in that time period, all of which would be of interest to z
Oct 23, 2008 Jeremy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombie freaks
I got my copy straight from Mr. Dendle himself. Great author and great book. He even covers TV appearances of zombies. An invaluable resource.
When I won a free copy of this book, I really wasn't sure what to expect. Campy Zombie Spoof? Bizarro Fiction? Really creepy, scary stuff of nightmares? As it turns out, none of the above is the correct answer. This book starts with a fascinating study of the Zombie as it evolved from the African-Caribbean tradition to the Western Suburban Mythological tradition. Written by Peter Dendle, an Associate Professor of English at Penn State Mont Alto who focuses on the monstrous (in film, folklore, an ...more
This is a re-issue of a hardcover book that was published in 2000, so if you're looking for an up-to-the-minute guide to zombie movies, this probably isn't the book for you. For zombie movie fans who have been keeping up with the shamblings and nibblings of our undead friends via blogs and Rotten Tomatoes and want a well-written book on the evolution of zombies in film without all the annoying "film studies"ese, this is terrific.

Dendle has some wonderful phrases and one-liners throughout his rev
Andrea Blythe
The first thing I do with a book like this, which is essentially a list of zombie movies, is to flip through the book, find all the movies I've seen, read the descriptions, and finally, check them off the list. I did not read the rest of the book; that's not how I work. I will, however, continue to read the book as I work my way through watching the rest of the movies mentioned within.

I found the descriptions I did read to be entertaining and contain a healthy dose of intelligent criticism. Den
It's a comprehensive encyclopedia of zombie movies, with astute observations in the synopses. Better yet, the introduction has a great overview of the movei genre. I'm no stranger to zombie movies, but there was plenty to learn in the intro. It's a nice cred factor to have it on your bookshelf, but it's also a great read.
Loved that I have a handy reference to grab when arguments on zombie movies get heated. Wish it was more up to date, but beggars cannot be choosers.
Very informative. Found out about a ton of movies I never heard of. Alot of off the radar movies that are hard to find. Good read
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