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History Channel Airs Zombie Special

The History Channel has jumped aboard the Zombie bandwagon!

Survival: Review: Zombies: A Living History

The History Channel
Premiere Date: 8/25/2011
120 minutes, HD
Documentary/ TV-PG

4 "Zs" - Zombtac.com

It's official. Zombie is the new black.

October 2011. The Walking Dead is the highest-rated basic cable drama ever. A commercial ammo manufacturer markets zombie ammo, and even Disney is creating a zombie show for kids. Now the History Channel, a once serious eductional bastion of cable TV, has aired a two-hour documentary style special focusing (somewhat seriously) on the Zombie Apocalypse.(see video trailer below)

The History Channel premiered Zombies: A Living History, October 25, 2011, at 8pm.
Reairs: Saturday, October 29 at 9 pm.

The Draugr is an undead monstrosity from old Norse legend. The reanimated corpses of fearsome Viking warriors, Draugr are unimaginably powerful and virtually indestructible.©History Channel

The two-hour documentary will explore the origins of zombie myths and lore, from the Viking Age to the Black Death in Europe, both of which spawned legends of the dead walking the earth, and all the way up to the present day fears of a zombie apocalypse.

Featured will be many authors of zombie fiction including Max Brooks, J.L. Bourne, Jonathan Maberry and Roger Ma, as well as Daniel W. Dreznor, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Dr. Steven Schlozman, psychiatrist on the faculty of at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and author of the fiction book The Zombie Autopsies.

The documentary explores many aspects of Zombie lore, from real world mythology in different cultures dealing with the undead, to realistic outbreak scenarios and survival situations (they refrence the CDC May 2011 release about preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse).

Zombies: A Living History
is a well-done special, both visually and in terms of information. It has fun and practical "how to fight a zombie" tips before each commercial break, and interviews with zombie experts, as well as originally filmed scenarios/CGI visuals. The interviews get the metaphor and allegory across well. The historic background is interesting and the survival tips are sound. The History Channel is very much in line with Zombtac, in the philosophy that the Zombie Apocalypse is (a metaphor) already here.


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