All Dark Inside: Dehumanization and Zombification in Postmodern Cinema

Sorcha Ní Fhlainn

in Better Off Dead

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234462
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241255 | DOI:
All Dark Inside: Dehumanization and Zombification in Postmodern Cinema

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This chapter offers a provocative study of dehumanization—or zombification—in several post-modern films that explore the depersonalizing force of the military-industrial complex on the psyche of ordinary humans. It argues that the resulting post-human solider exists in a liminal space between our traditional understanding of zombies and a contemporary awareness of victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. The chapter offers an unflinching analysis of the dehumanization of the person, through the removal of individual thought, explicitly characterized by soldiers in modern warfare, especially in films like 28 Days Later, Universal Soldier, Full Metal Jacket, and Jacob's Ladder.

Keywords: zombie; zombification; dehumanization; post-modern; post-human; post-traumatic stress disorder; soldiers; war; trauma

Chapter.  7848 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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