Written by John Edward Betancourt
The living dead are everywhere. They rule television with The Walking Dead. They ruled the box office with the smash hit World War Z. Yet there was a time it was never like this. The zombie was once reserved for VHS and late night television, loved only by a few.
Somewhere the tide turned and now you can find a Superman action figure positioned right next to Rick Grimes or the Governor at your local toy store. It is an incredible paradigm shift, and thankfully there is one film out there to finally take a solid look at the living dead phenomenon sweeping our nation, Doc of the Dead.
In fact, this is hands down the most thorough documentary on the zombie that I've ever seen. You get the who's who of the zombie biz, talking about these fascinating monsters, including Romero, Savini, Pegg, Nicotero, Kirkman and Bruce Campbell, but it is the information included in this wonderful documentary that makes it world class.
This is an epic history lesson on the living dead. In fact, I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable when it comes to zombies and this film managed to school me. I actually learned a few things about zombies in film history and quite frankly some of the original origins of the monster in human history that I never knew existed.
But in addition to the worthwhile history lesson, you are also treated to a look at the present, as the documentary explores why the zombie has latched on to every facet of popular culture while looking at the future of the zombie in our lives and it even takes the time to explore the one true worry on every zombie fan's mind...could an outbreak of the living dead happen?
If you haven't seen this fascinating piece of film, hop on Netflix and check it out now because it is completely and utterly worth it. There's no boring segment of this documentary, just moments of joy as the greatest legends in the genre, speak to the wonder and staying power of one of the greatest monsters in film history.