Zombie-Themes Outbreak Films and World War Z (2013)





Zombie, outbreak, horror, World War Z, Covid-19


There are many subgenres and a diverse range of creatures in horror cinema. One of these creatures is the Zombie. The Zombie character in cinema has evolved through eras. The Zombie which, in the past, was presented as a creature resurrected after death in horror cinema began to be associated with virii and the apocalypse afterwards. Nowadays, the Zombie in the cinema are beyond the figure of a horror. As a matter of fact, many zombie-themed movies are presented as allegories of apocalypse or as outbreak-themed movies. What is the meaning of the zombies which are the subject of outbreak films? What cultural codes do zombies represent in outbreak-themed films? What does the changes in different adaptations of this myth mean in outbreak-themed movies? Zombies in epidemic films can be likened to slaves that are reprogrammed after a resurrection process. From this point of view,  we are to evaluate the movie World War Z, and the data obtained is to be interpreted in our conclusion section.

Author Biography

Barış Tolga Ekinci

He was born in Istanbul in 1980. He completed his undergraduate studies at Maltepe University Communication Faculty Radio-TV-Cinema Department, master's degree from Marmara University and doctorate education at Maltepe University. Between 2002 and 2010, he worked as editor and assistant director for various televisions and production companies. He passed to the academy in 2010. He received the title of Associate Professor in Cinema in 2017. Since 2015, he has been working as a lecturer at Beykent University, Faculty of Communication, Department of TV Journalism and Programming.


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