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Cultural notebook: days of the undead

Our fascination with horror films reflects the anxiety of the middle classes—caught between proletariat zombies and vampire toffs

By Sam Leith   December 2009

Zombieland: the prole undead have strength in numbers

Which would you rather be bitten by: a vampire or a zombie? I only ask because we are up to our necks in the undead these days and both fates seem preferable to reading a column on—or, worse, watching—Strictly Come Dancing or the The X-Factor.

Zombieland is triumphing (deservedly) at the box office. Not far into the past lurk the films I Am Legend, 28 Weeks Later and Dawn of the Dead. With Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the undead are colonising literary history. Charlie Higson’s…

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