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Catholic Theologian Rejects “Zombie Jesus”

Today I came across an essay and interview that appeared last year in Religion Dispatches by Jason VonWachenfeldt that touched on a controversy between the Vatican and systematic theologian Roger Haight. I’m not sure of the present state of the controversy, if there is one, but a year ago the Vatican had concerns about some […]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978): Social and Theological Reflections of the “Me Generation”

I have been fortunate with the holidays to have a little extra spending cash that I have been able to put into adding to my video library. One of the films added to my collection was Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Of course, this film is based on the book by Jack Finney from […]

Peg Aloi: Season of the Witch (2011)

I recently came across a trailer for the film Season of the Witch set for release in the U.S. on January 7. Following is a brief synopsis, with a fuller description available on the film’s website: Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Ghost Rider) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hellboy II, Sons of Anarchy) star in […]

News of the Fantastic – December 18, 2010

Following are news items on the fantastic from the week prior to December 18, 2010. These items are shared as they become available daily on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Paul Trailer Simon Pegg and Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead are ready to return to the big screen and bring a touch of […]

The Mummy (1959): Banning (Cushing) Ridicules Egyptian Religion

I recently ordered a few items for Christmas from my Amazon.com wishlist which included a DVD of Hammer’s The Mummy (1959). My completed order included a free video on demand rental for the film, I suppose to hold me over until my DVD arrives. I hadn’t seen this film since I was a teenager, and […]

James Siburt: Zombies, Semiotics, and Dollhouse

In a previous post I mentioned in that in my research on zombies as symbols in culture I came across the research of James Siburt on the topic. Siburt is a doctoral student at Alvernia University, Reading PA, in the Leadership Studies Ph.D. Program. His research is interdisciplinary, examining the intersection of popular culture media, […]

News of the Fantastic – December 11, 2010

Following are news items from around the Internet for the week prior to December 11, 2010: http://thevaultofhorror.blogspot.com/2010/12/little-boy-and-monsters-who-are-saving.html The inspiring story of a monster kid. http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2034975,00.html Hammer Films rises from the dead. http://torontoist.com/2010/12/doug_trumbulls_space_odysseys.php A look back at 2001: A Space Odyssey through an interview with special effects technician Doug Trumbull. http://www.examiner.com/tv-in-national/the-walking-dead-has-army-of-viewers-for-season-finale The Walking Dead attracted even […]

Religion Dispatches: Toward a Zombie Theology

My latest entry at Religion Dispatches, this time for their blog, is now available. In includes some thoughts related to the final episode of the AMC series The Walking Dead, in a post titled “Toward a Zombie Theology.” The piece connects zombies, theology, and neuroscience. After discussing the episode titled “TS-19,” and mentioning its Christian […]

The Art of Hammer: Horror, Beauty, and a Vanishing Art Form

In the contemporary period films are marketed through the various media that intertwines with our lives on a daily basis. We watch trailers for forthcoming films in the theater, they are shown on television, and the Internet plays a major part in promoting films through websites and various social media. But before most of these […]

Modern Life as Zombie: Metaphor and Symbol

With the popularity of the AMC television program The Walking Dead, which unfortunately aired its final episode last night for the first season, there has been a rise in the discussion of zombies in the media. A good example of this comes in the form of a recent article in the New York Times titled […]

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