'Normality is threatened by the monster': Robin Wood, Romero and Zombies

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A tribute to Robin Wood, focusing on his influence on horror criticism, and more specifically, on his appraisal of George A. Romero as ‘a great and audacious filmmaker’ through detailed consideration of his zombie movies. The article considers the key elements of his extraordinary influence on horror criticism, and a detailed examination of the monster which most directly responds to horror’s potential ambivalence: the zombie. In order to consider the ambivalence in the relationship between normality and the monster – that central and most important component of Wood’s horror criticism – created by Romero’s zombies, analysis focuses on the materiality of the films through close attention to the bodies on-screen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24
Number of pages31
Issue number84
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Robin Wood
  • Film Criticism
  • horror film
  • American horror
  • George Romero
  • Zombies
  • Day of the Dead
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Land of the Dead
  • Night of the Living Dead


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