The Zombie Film

The Zombie Film

From White Zombie to World War Z

by Alain Silver and James Ursini


After writing about and revisiting the vampire film genre for nearly four decades, Alain Silver and James Ursini have turned their attention to another type of “undead” in the movies: the zombie.

 The Zombie Film (Applause Books, March 18, $29.99) is the most comprehensive examination of the zombie film genre to date. With a detailed filmography of over 400 movies stretching back to the genre’s earliest days, Silver and Ursini begin with such classics as White Zombie (1932), starring Bela Lugosi, but also examine lesser-known films, such as The Ghoul (1933), with Boris Karloff, and the exploitation film Ouanga (1936).

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The book then moves through the hybrid science fiction zombie films of the 1950s, including Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), and then slashes through bloody Euro classics by filmmakers like Lucio Fulci and Amando de Ossorio.

The Zombie Film details the revisionist work of director-writer George Romero, who revamped the genre beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968), and the zombie film’s blossoming in the new millennium with mainstream works like Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002), the comic Shaun of the Dead (2004), the popular TV series The Walking Dead, which first aired in 2010, and the summer blockbuster World War Z (2013).  Also given their due are thoughtful low-budget zombie movies, like Zombies Anonymous (2006) and The Dead Outside (2008).

The Zombie Film features over 500 illustrations and entertaining sidebars on such subjects as zombie literature, zombie myth and history, zombie comics, and literary sources, such as H. P. Lovecraft and Richard Matheson.

March 18, 2014
336 pages
8” x 10”
color photographs throughout
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard 


Alain Silver is the author of The Samurai Film and The Noir Style. With James Ursini, he co-edited Film Noir: The Encyclopedia and seven readers on film noir and the horror and gangster genres, all published by Limelight Editions, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation. His produced screenplays include the Showtime feature Time at the Top.  He lives in Santa Monica, Calif.

James Ursini is co-author, with Alain Silver, of The Vampire Film, published by Limelight Editions, and Film Noir Graphics.  His other books include Femme Fatale, Cinema of Obsession, and Directors on the Edge.  Together, Silver and Ursini have contributed audio-video commentaries for more than two dozen noir DVD releases.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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