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Road Trips, Globalisation, and the War on Terror
Kyle William Bishop

American zombie Gothic films have changed markedly in their tone, style, and structure since September 11, an evolution that expands the Gothic mode to include the mobility of the narratives protagonists, a popularisation of the movies, and an increased engagement with a multi-ethnic international community. To remain timely, relevant, and commercially viable, such alterations must occur, and these shifts in particular can best be explained by the changing cinematic marketplace, the influence of videogames, and the policies and anxieties resulting from the (inter)national trauma of 9/11 and the War on Terror. This essay examines the film version of World War Z as a key text for exploring the current transition from a localised siege narrative to an international kind of road trip movie, a shift largely tied to the popularity of zombie-themed videogames.

Gothic Studies
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Zombies and the spectre of cultural decline
Matthew Pangborn

warnings with fantasy. The zombie thus demonstrates a conflicted desire to warn of an end to the model of limitless growth underlying Western modernity while yet preserving a narrative of progress. The final line of the Brad Pitt vehicle World War Z (2013) is instructive in the way it expresses this contradiction, as the fearful possibility of a reversal of American history

in The Gothic and death
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Chris Beasley and Heather Brook

matter for some concern. Order films have been dominated since the 1980s by largely conservative, patriotic, war films which offer virtually no criticism of the social order. More recently, however, some limited signs of critique of nation, authority, and leadership seem to be appearing in apocalyptic narratives (see for example, Children of Men, 2006; Elysium, 2013; World War Z, 2013; for discussion, see Faludi, 2007; Kellner, 2016). Elements of social critique, or spaces in which such critiques might arise, are neither routine nor prevalent in security films

in The cultural politics of contemporary Hollywood film