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History Channel Zombies A Living History: Most people believe zombies are a recent phenomenon that grew out of comic books, movies and TV The truth is very different. This two-hour special explores the real story of zombies beginning at the dawn of civilization and continuing right through to today. The first written reference to zombies can be found in the Epic of Gilgamesh, mankind’s oldest work of literature. A look at both the old and new testaments of The Bible reveal numerous stories of the undead. We’ll detail how Europe’s Black Plague became one of the most prolific periods for myths and legends about zombies. Find out why Viking legends believed zombies were nearly indestructible except by decapitation or immolation. Examine other zombie legends from around the world, including secret stories of China’s Terra Cotta Warriors and the voodoo rituals of Haiti. See how modern science added a whole new twist on zombies beginning with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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Ratings: IMDB: 6.7/10 Metascore: N/A RT: N/A
Released: October 25, 2011
Runtime: 97 mins
Genres: Documentary
Countries: USA
Actors: Ali Khan Peter Outerbridge

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Posted by Satyran 6 years, 1 month ago
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I really enjoyed this doc, but alot of the information is misleading, they're trying to make certain legends and myths fit into the definition of a zombie (in the same way they used to try and make them fit the definition of a vampyre) These are unique stories that while they have some zombie traits, they also have many traits that don't fit in at all with zombies. Like with the legend of the Wendigo, yes, they ate people, but it's more in line with lycanthropy than zombies. Speaking of zombies, History Channel has cannibalized about twelve older documentaries to put this thing together. lol All in all, a good fun watch with enough new material to make it it's own experience.

Posted by roperman 6 years, 1 month ago
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really good informative documentary. well worth a watch even if you're only a little bit interested in zombies. 9/10

Posted by Tahngarth69 6 years, 1 month ago
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Great documentary, very informative, and I love how they tie in things that have already occurred. 9/10

Posted by Junkeyardog 10 months ago ( Edited 10 months ago )
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It would be more credible if someone beside horror authors were the "go to experts". And perhaps if the intermittent "Zombie Combat" flashes weren't handled like a Laurel & Hardy slapstick comedy. So I guess I'll start taking my "real news" from the rags, like "Men In Black". Or better yet, Facebook. 1/5

Posted by megalinda 3 years, 1 month ago
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7.6/10 This is an interesting attempt to explore mankind's persistent preoccupation with the reanimation of the dead. Although it abounds in pop culture it began in ancient times. Manifestations may be found in all human cultures. Well done. Good for a somewhat lengthy, one-time viewing.

Posted by raven13 5 years, 2 months ago
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This was an interesting watch.

Posted by lunatik 5 years, 6 months ago
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This is an entertaining doc on zombies,if your into the zombie genre,then give this one a watch, 9/10

Posted by parksuyoung 6 years, 1 month ago
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@ yowwwwie: Actually they did talk about why the zombies of lore preyed upon the living alone. b/c a zombie is angry and jealous of the living for having what it does not: life. They make a distinction between mythos and reality. A mythological zombie will attack the living out of spite or vengeance. A person who exhibits symptoms characteristic of a "zombie" virus, such as dementia, limited functionality, etc., may attack anything if provoked; not necessarily just the living. And I, for one, liked the jolly fellow. He brought levity to a doc about ancient myths & superstitions, devastating pandemics, and useful survival skills. 10/10

Posted by yowwwwie 6 years, 1 month ago
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In between bits about zombies, plagues, prions, there's a jolly fellow showing ways, both ancient and modern, of killing them. My question is: why don't zombies eat themselves or other zombies? This was never answered in this, somewhat fascitious documentary. 2/5

Posted by CarinaAlexis 6 years, 1 month ago
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Love it: D lives up to expectations: D

Posted by snowhawk989 6 years, 1 month ago
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that was pretty blood awesome and made some really good points in how we as a community can fall apart.

Posted by Suzicueball 6 years, 1 month ago
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Loved how they told the story of the Donner party. Native American Windego. Filled with information..like crazy..Ewwww....Great Documentary though. Should I be gettn ready for a Zombie attack too? No. really? 5/5

Posted by widowmaker420 6 years, 1 month ago
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just seeing how this works

Posted by Subhuman 6 years, 1 month ago
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they have a point, if the Z apocalypse would happen our own egos and attitudes wouldn't allow the human race to make a comeback

Posted by DappaDon 6 years, 1 month ago
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Great documentary!!!!!

Posted by cruiserville68 6 years, 1 month ago ( Edited 6 years, 1 month ago )
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An everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask Documentary about Zombies and Survival Situations.Legends of Zombies have been around since the dawn of time but its George A.Romero that gave them bite back in 1968 and since 2000 there have been scores of films made on the subject.4/5.Even the government has hopped on the train with a survival contingency planned just in case a zombie like plague ,outbreak, occured.Fascinating stuff!

Posted by canilive4life 6 years, 1 month ago
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i like this doc, because it speaks the truth of what could happen. come on there are trillion people across the world. it would be survival of the fittest. the way the world is we depend on to many convenience. we need to go back to basics growing are own and maintaining are own money and property.

Posted by multijasper5 6 years, 1 month ago
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quite a good doc, i did notice there was a lot of footage from other documentries in there, but still not bad. max brooks book "zombie survival guide" good read, & cant wait for "world war z" to be released

Posted by dontpanic1980 6 years, 1 month ago
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Despite it's flaws, I loved it. I was especially excited to see that The History Channel decided to expand upon their field of experts. No disrespect meant towards Romero but, how refreshing was it to see see great authors who also possess extraordinary skills like Maberry(an 8th degree blackbelt who has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall Of Fame,and has helped train P.A. officers in self defense) , and my all time favorite J.L. Bourne (an active duty Naval Pilot and expert marksman, as well as the Father of the Bug-Out Kit) , brought into the discussion? Even if you aren't a fan of the genre, you should still check this out. If nothing else you may learn a thing or two about surviving in a post-appocalyptic world(or a natural disaster).

Posted by Babypowder 6 years, 1 month ago
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ZOMBIES!! I LOVE EM! However this is a nice documentary

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