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    Default Why do artists enjoy zombie movies so much?

    As far as I'm concerned, an ideal artist enjoys variety. So why do they enjoy zombie movies? They are literally all the same.

    I mean, James Bond movies have a lot more variety -- they revolve around the same formula, but each movie has various ways of mixing the formula. Zombie movies have the same way of telling the same story with the same formula.

    Maybe the true artist is one who enjoys mainstream film?

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    I've always wondered how anyone decides just what constitutes an artist/good art/etc. and what doesn't. It all seems rather subjective to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    I've always wondered how anyone decides just what constitutes an artist/good art/etc. and what doesn't. It all seems rather subjective to me.
    I wholeheartedly agree, actually. Now if I can only convince everyone that high culture is only the expression of insecure snobbery.

    People seem to favor either low-culture (exploitation or porn flicks) or high-culture media (boring Oscar movies) but are intensely critical of mainstream media. I think all it has to do with is money.

    But the differences in terms of mainstream cinema and "high-cultured" media such as stage, dance, and sculpture are superficial and subtle, and therefore unimportant.

    I am personally not above enjoying Bay/Bruckheimer summer blockbusters (Transformers is the best movie of the year, thus far).

    These "hidden messages" in the so-called higher art films are really little more than advertising.

    And I must say that product placement in mainstream cinema is often quite clever.

    If culture is more about appreciating the beauty of the performance, then what makes elaborate f/x sequences in blockbusters any less of beautiful performance?

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    Maybe it stems from people wanting to appear to be different/better than others by talking down on mainstream media and playing up their appreciation for other films. In reality, mainstream media wouldn't be mainstream if most people didn't like it.
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    what's wrong with zombie movies?!? zombie movies are hillarious! as someone who is always hoping to see bodily harm inflicted on people in movies I'd think that there would be some more appreciation of a genre in which people get torn to bits and eaten!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, an ideal artist enjoys variety. So why do they enjoy zombie movies? They are literally all the same.

    I mean, James Bond movies have a lot more variety -- they revolve around the same formula, but each movie has various ways of mixing the formula. Zombie movies have the same way of telling the same story with the same formula.

    Maybe the true artist is one who enjoys mainstream film?
    I know what you mean. I don't like zombie movies because they're so predictable. The first few I watched were interesting/scary, but subsequent ones got old rather quickly.

    So why don't we just say that artists who watch/write zombie movies aren't ideal artists, or are boring/unimaginative artists?

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    Zombies play into post-holocaust fantasies very popular in this day and age. End of civilization as we know it, all normal rules rendered meaningless, freedom to loot, survivalism, weapons, and doing as much harm as you please to ordinary people with a clear conscience. No more wondering which college major suits you, no more thinking about how much you hate your job and what you can do about it, no more mortgage concerns. All of your priorities have been reduced to those of simple survival. Moral ambiguities have disappeared. Your cause is clear. Your enemy is clear. In fact, all ambiguities have passed. You don't find anything attractive in that idea? Sure, a lot of zombie movies are repetitive, but it's a killer genre.

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    I agree that zombie movies seem to have gathered a large base of hardcore fans for a genre that is basically the same every time out. However, I do think a little bit of originality and a fresh take on an old tired formula can make for a good movie. For instance, I really enjoyed the remake of Dawn Of The Dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FMWarner View Post
    I agree that zombie movies seem to have gathered a large base of hardcore fans for a genre that is basically the same every time out. However, I do think a little bit of originality and a fresh take on an old tired formula can make for a good movie. For instance, I really enjoyed the remake of Dawn Of The Dead.
    Dawn of the Dead was okay because of the Richard Cheese soundtrack.

    30 Days of Night, a zombified vampire movie, was pretty dreadful, on the other hand.

    I have to say though, that when it comes to zombie media, the game Half-Life is the exception. It's in intelligent game because it dares to use a physics term for its title.

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    I think one of the things that I ( an artist ) enjoy about zombie movies is watching the pampered "gated communities" get breached. Not sure how that constitutes being "elitist".
    "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
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