AMC Fearfest brings classic Zombie movies back from the dead

Just another short post today.

I was looking at shows “On Demand” on AMC through Time Warner Cable and I saw some real zombie movie gems (yes… I actually have cable, that’s another story altogether).

In addition to previously more readily available and more famous films like White Zombie (1932) and King of the Zombies (1941), they also have Revolt of the Zombies (1936) — a second zombie effort by the Halperin brothers, creators of White Zombie — and Teenage Zombies (1959) — a film where a scientist creates a horde of zombies via nerve gas.

Just a year ago, these films were not that easy to find — I checked about 1.5 years ago and just didn’t want to pay $15 or $20 for a really poor quality copy — now they are On Demand and airing on AMC AND streaming on amazon prime.

On one hand, this is an awesome demonstration of digitization and media democratization at its best, on the other hand it speaks to the utter popularity and proftiability of zombies and zombie films: that it could be profitable for companies to show 60 – 80 year old zombie movies that were unpopular and critically unfavored is staggering. 

Nonetheless, I’m not judging, just observing. I’ll be watching the Halperin brothers bumble their way through another awful movie — featuring some intense orientalism this time — and checking out the (ab)use of stock footage in Jerry Warren’s Teenage Zombies.

Happy Halloween, Happy Watching.

Bio-Politics in 1911!

Bio-Politics in 1911!

So, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for research that might make its way into my dissertation revisions or my first monograph and I noticed this little gem in a footnote of Marius Turda’s Modernism and Eugenics

I’ve been under the impression that Rudolf Kjellén had coined the term, but I’m happy to see that the conceptual history of biopolitics (as a discourse) is longer and more convoluted than that.

So in this issue of The New Age, you’ll see “Bio-Politics” by G.W. Harris. This short diatribe is a (rather frightening by today’s standards) diatribe about enacting eugenic policies at the state level. It really drives home the very real relation between eugenics and biopolitics that is so often referred to without being discussed in contemporary literature. 

To me, this also reinforces the importance of considering race (and ethnicity and nationalism) when one evokes the discourse of biopolitics.

Read it and let me know what you think.