Zombiemania Runs Amok in Film Vault at Kansas City Public Library
October 4, 2011
The Kansas City Public Library examines the modern rebirth of the zombie film on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. throughout October 2011 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
This series called Zombiemania focuses on a cinematic craze unlike all others, offering filmmakers the opportunity to take a stock Hollywood premise and then completely freak out audiences by virtue of execution.
Admission is free. The film line-up includes:
Night of the Living Dead(1968) on October 1. George Romero's low-budget film about the dead returning to life to chow down on the living set the template for just about every other zombie movie of the last 50 years. This is the one that began it all. Not rated.
Dawn of the Dead(2004) on October 8. It's a remake (sort of) of Romero's 1979 epic about humans holed up in a shopping mall and surrounded by shuffling zombies. But as directed by Zack Snyder (The Watchmen, 300) and performed by a terrific cast (Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Webber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell), this is the rare remake that surpasses the original. Rated R.
28 Days Later(2002) on October 15. Okay, so technically the raging killer mobs in this one aren't the resurrected dead. They're humans infected with a "rage virus." Same difference. A fine British cast makes this one seem entirely plausible. Rated R.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) on October 22. The comedy team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, along with director Edgar Wright, concentrate on a couple of Playstation-addicted slackers so out of it that they don't notice that London has been overrun by zombies. Head-bashing with a stiff upper lip. Rated R.
Zombieland (2009) on October 29. A nerd (Jesse Eisenberg) and a fearless zombie killer (Woody Harrelson) take a cross country trip across a post-apocalyptic USA in this recent comedy hit. You won't believe Bill Murray's guest appearance. Rated R.