From Jules Verne to World War Z, those zombies are everywhere!

This summer, the movie “World War Z” explodes onto the big screen. A zombie apocalypse threatens, in this adaptation of the best-selling book by Max Brooks. At the surface, it’s your basic apocalyptic scenario, a threat of global proportions, the ineptitude or perhaps corruption of the political system and the commentary on the human condition. Oh yes. And there’s Brad Pitt. It comes on the heels of a plethora of “the earth is in big trouble” movies. Have you noticed the prevalence? After Earth, Ender’s Game, Oblivion. I was surprised to stumble upon a much older offering in the bookstore, which is being billed as the original zombie book, The Castle in Transylvania by Jules Verne.

I was surprised. I had thought all this zombie end-of-the-world focus was the product of a modern pessimism, but Verne proves me wrong. Still I wonder about the fascination. We just love our end of the world movies, it seems. What do you think is the appeal? Is it the overall planetary pessimism? Or does it speak to a deeper fear that we humans need to express cinematically? What do you think, cyber friends?Dana Mentink 3 sm

2 responses to this post.

  1. I really don’t know what the draw is for me, but I love a good disaster movie. I don’t like blood and gore, just excitement, suspense, maybe a sense of “what would I do”, but you’re right, it didn’t start recently, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Arthur Conan Doyle…those kind of thrill books have been around for many, many years.
    But as Christians we need not fear “the end of the world”, for us it’s just the beginning of eternity!



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