June 28, 2013
The zombie flick got the summer blockbuster treatment with "World War Z," an expensive, expansive, action-horror thriller starring Brad Pitt. So given its big budget and star power, how does the apocalyptic flick stand up to the canon of zombie film and literature? U.S. News asked three zombie experts how "World War Z" fits in – or strays from – the classics. (Note: "World War Z" spoilers lie ahead)
"Now the zombie has become a metaphor for the fear of disease," says Rob Weiner, a librarian at Texas Tech University who will be teaching a course on zombies this fall. The Center for Disease Control even released a plan – albeit tongue in cheek – for zombie preparedness.