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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

The Horror Flick With a Symbolic Backbone

This paper provides a brief semiological analysis of several cultural themes found in George Romero's horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. While modern horror fils are often regarded as plotless and driven by shock value with symbolic backbone. Romero has commented that he made the film with no intentions of creating a statement regarding humanity or the stormy cultural climate of the late sixties. However,it is difficult to ignore Ben, the film's main character, as a symbol for the plight of the African-American community.

Presenter: Carol Benovic (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 208 Holmes
Time: 11:05 am (Session II)