From Romero To ‘Walking Dead’: ‘Doc of the Dead’ Looks To Be Definitive Examination Of Zombie Culture

In 1968, George A. Romero kicked off a phenomenon that no one realized would not only still be going strong, but would become part of mainstream pop culture consciousness. The modern, shambling, flesh eating zombie. Thanks to – in no small part – “The Walking Dead” comics and TV show, zombies have burst out of the horror fringe and into the living room of regular folks. The, admittedly surprising zomb-culture has exploded in ways no one could have forseen – in t-shirts, online mash-ups, zombie walks, a zombie-themed 5k run, toys and even into real-life zombie apocalypse preparation kits and classes. Well now, Exhibit A Pictures, the gang behind “The People Vs. George Lucas” are looking to make the definitive doc on zombie culture with “Doc of the Dead” and they need your help getting it done.

Here’s the pitch vid:

From the Kickstarter page:

Without a doubt, Zombie Culture has now reached a tipping point. It has literally clawed itself into our braaaaains (!), successfully infiltrated mainstream consciousness, and asserted itself as one of the most important, wildly entertaining, and participatory pop cultural trends of the new century. As a direct result of this unprecedented social explosion, the Zombie Apocalypse seems to be on everybody’s lips these days. Should we categorize it as fiction, dismiss it as far-fetched paranoia, or speculate about it as a plausible scenario..? We, at Exhibit A Pictures, believe there’s never been a better time to release an epic, comprehensive, and contemporary cinematic celebration of Zombie Culture. And a look at our previous films (trailers provided below) will tell you why we’re the right team to tackle this enormous task!

The doc already features/will feature interviews with Simon Pegg, George A. Romero, Alex Cox, Max Brooks, Charlie Adlard, Matt Mogk (Head of the Zombie Research Society), and Thea Munster (Creator of the Toronto Zombie Walk).

Exhibit A has picked the perfect time to get an in-depth documentary off the ground, as – to reiterate their point – zombie culture is reaching its tipping point. Will it still be around 5 years from now? Well, it’ll always be around, but will it still be as prevalent and relevant? Not sure. But right now zombies are bigger than ever and I, for one would love to find out more about the movement. Back it if you can.