Book Review – Zombies on Film by Ozzy Inguanzo

Zombies on Film: The Definitive Story of Undead Cinema
by Ozzy Inguanzo
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Rizzoli Publishing

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Any fan of zombie flicks can tell you there are hundreds, if not thousands, of zombie movies out there from which to choose. Some are great, yet some are so bad they can’t be resurrected by anything. How do you tell the good from the bad? If you’re a stranger to the living dead in cinema, I would recommend getting a guide. ZOMBIES ON FILM: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF UNDEAD CINEMA is an excellent place to start. Author Ozzy Inguanzo has compiled a very impressive look at zombies in the movies, and the result is an excellent guide even the heartiest of dead-fans will want to own.

If you are not familiar with ZOMBIES ON FILM, here is the book’s synopsis courtesy of Rizzoli:

ZOMBIES ON FILM chronicles popular culture’s greatest and most terrifyingly intriguing monsters in the very medium their shuffling, rotting, flesh-eating characteristics were shaped—at the movies! Spanning nearly a century, the zombie genre has been built by a creative and cultural transfer of influences from generation to generation of storytellers, filmmakers, and artists. This book tells the remarkable true story behind the creative and independent-spirit that shaped a legacy, from its cinematic inception and evolution to its ultimate rise to pop culture prominence, covering the most popular, most influential, most overlooked—and of course, the most gory and terrifying—films featuring zombies.

Author Ozzy Inguanzo’s insightful, witty, and informative text is complemented by more than 300 photographs, movie posters, and behind-the-scenes images spanning nine decades of classic films including Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie (1932), George Romero’s landmark Night of the Living Dead (1968), and Lucio Fulci’s cult classic Zombie (1979), as well as offerings from blockbuster directors such as Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (1990), Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead (2004), and more recent entries like the breakthrough series The Walking Dead (2010) and the international sensation World War Z (2013).

Expertly curated and filled with images spanning the breadth of cinematic history, ZOMBIES ON FILM is ideal for film fans, students, and pop culture junkies.

I’ve reviewed many zombie film companions over the years, but this is by far one of the best. Chocked full of pictures (some of which are full spreads that cover two pages), you will be hard-pressed to find a more revealing book than this one.

ZOMBIES ON FILM is at times witty, however it is always informative. I like how Inguanzo gives a brief discussion of each film as he mentions it. Some of his views are a bit different than mine, however I find he hits the mark most of the time.

But the snapshots are the best part of this book. Some are simple shots of the movie posters used to promote the films, while others are huge HD images taken straight from the movies themselves. This alone is a good enough reason to buy this guide.

ZOMBIES ON FILM is a big win for me, and I recommend any movie-lover or zombie-fan to snatch this one up immediately. The book will also make an excellent Christmas gift for the living-dead-lover in your life. It is available now, so make a note.

Here is the book’s official trailer (it is amazing!):

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