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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2014: Doc of the Dead

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From director Alexandre Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas) comes this examination of the evolution of the zombie in film and literature, as well as its impact on pop culture.  Zombies began as voodoo creations in films, such as 1932’s White Zombie, before being reinvented as the living dead in George A. Romero’s The Night of the Living DeadDoc of the Dead takes a look at the continued popularity of zombies, which have now entered the mainstream.  The film also ponders whether a zombie apocalypse could really happen and what we can do to prevent one.

The current zombie resurgence has been going on for about a decade now, arguably beginning with the 2004 releases of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake and Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead.  Today, The Walking Dead is the number one show on cable television and zombie films have entered the mainstream realm, with PG-13 films, such as World War Z, and even children’s films, such as ParaNorman. Featuring interviews with the likes of George A. Romero, Bruce Campbell, and Simon Pegg, Doc of the Dead covers everything from why zombies are so appealing to the eternal debate of slow zombies vs. fast zombies.

For some people, the possibility of a zombie apocalypse is very real thing and there is even a whole market dealing with zombie survival.  While some, like Max Brook’s Zombie Survival Guide, is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, others seem to truly believe that the zombie apocalypse is not a question of if, but when. With events like the Toronto Zombie Walk and countless merchandise, it seems like zombie culture is here to stay and Doc of the Dead is a film that should please any fan of the living dead.

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Screenings:

  • Sun, April 27, 9:30 PM – Hart House Theatre
  • Sat, May 3, 9:45 PM – Royal Cinema

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).