POP ART: Episode 74, Warm Bodies/I Walked with a Zombie

Howard Casner • March 24, 2022

POP ART, WHERE I FIND THE POP CULTURE IN ART AND THE ART IN POP CULTURE: LOVE AND DEATH: “Don’t be creepy. Don’t be creepy. Don’t be creepy.” This time round, Pop Art has a very special episode for the holiday. The question? Is love dead? Is romance dead? Is being dead dead? Sounds like it’s time for Episode 74 of Pop Art, the podcast where we find the pop culture in art and the art in pop culture. On Pop Art, my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. Today, I am happy to welcome as my guest, film enthusiast and movie blogger Rishabh Vashishtha, who has chosen as his selection the teen romance living dead film Warm Bodies, while I have chosen the classic Val Lewton/Jaques Tournier classic I Walked with a Zombie, both about love stories revolving around dead people.

And in this episode we address such questions as: What are the source materials for both films? What is important about Val Lewton and Jacque Tournier to horror film history? How did they change the ending of Warm Bodies from the book? Is it Theresa Harris or Teresa Harris? What is the difference between a zombie and the living dead? Who are Frances Dee and Edith Barrett married to? What is a post and post post modern zombie movie? Why don’t the living dead rot away?