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PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 115: Zombies and Vampires and … Where is this headed?

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Zombies. Classic, but overplayed.

We’re getting a little tired of vampires and zombies. Well, I am. Holly likes vampires (but not in a Cullen way) and is getting a little desensitized to the zombie gore. We do wonder what’s coming next, though. Today’s episode: our theories.

  • Also, werewolves.
  • Consumerism and interconnectivity in all this zombie junk
  • Vampires as today’s prostitute with a heart of gold trope
  • Ensouled vampires in “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
  • Cabin in the Woods” and monster tropes
  • Dark Shadows
  • Restrained sexuality in vampire and werewolf fiction and the golden age of classic horror in the ‘30s
  • Today’s divided society in the U.S. as part of the us/them in the zombie and vampire stories
  • Zombie disasters as escapism, because we put differences aside and pull together
  • Cold war nuclear radiation monsters
  • Cold war alien and oceanic invader monsters
  • The ‘60s and ‘70s counterculture and the evil children movies
  • The ‘80s and ‘90s slasher movies ripping up promiscuous teenagers and the AIDS epidemic
  • Theories for today: things that consume and things that infect
  • A Holly theory: fairies, and not just because “True Blood”
  • Trash Couture
  • Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
  • Important events at the end of “The Dollhouse”
  • Ghosts
  • Mama
  • The Woman in Black
  • Evil/haunted houses
  • “Doctor Who” and that time when the Cybermen invaded after people thought they were ghosts
  • Some more on the awkward death conversations in “ParaNorman” (and also “Frankenweenie”) (and “Lion King”)
  • Science phobia and accidental awakening of horrible things (I also meant to say “Frankenstein’s monsters” here.)
  • Portals to evil!
  • 28 Days Later
  • The “Zombies Run” app
  • John Hodgman’s “That Is All,” all animals vs. all humans, and the dogstorm
  • Evil cats! Because Internet.
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • World War I and II and returning soldiers influencing films of the ‘40s, and whether today’s armed conflicts may have the same influence
  • Happy Halloween!
  • Listener mail: A Facebook message from Roy, who writes about clowns.
  • How Zombies Work, How Vampires Work and How Werewolves Work
  • Episode link: Zombies and Vampires and … Where is this headed?

My research:

  • “Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film.” Director Andrew Monument. 2009
  • Tragos, Peter. “Monster Masculinity: Honey, I’ll Be In The Garage Reasserting My Manhood.” The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2009.
  • Trends In Horror
  • Westrum, Ronald. “A Note on Monsters.” Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 8, Issue 4. 1975.

Holly’s research:

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