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Podcast Episode 59: The Self-Aware Zombie

From Bub to ‘iZombie’s‘ Dr. Liv Moore: They’re dead and they know it

Howard Sherman as Bub in George A. Romero's

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Above: Howard Sherman as Bub in George A. Romero's "Day of the Dead." The film introduced audiences to the most memorable self-aware zombie.

Episode 59: The Self-Aware Zombie

Doctor of the Dead Arnold T. Blumberg discusses the self-aware zombie from Bub to Dr. Liv Moore.

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With "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" reanimating on screens this weekend, the time seems ripe to speak with Doctor of the Dead Arnold T. Blumberg about a recent strain of the undead — the self-aware zombie.

Blumberg has written about zombies ("Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For") as well as taught courses about zombies, science fiction, comic books, and superheroes (including the world’s first course in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) at the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Blumberg has been fascinated by zombies ever since he caught his first glimpse of George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" playing on a TV in a scene from "Halloween II." Romero also created "Day of the Dead," which may not be able to boast the first self-aware zombie but certainly he served up the most memorable one in Bub (played by Howard Sherman).

Blumberg has been especially interested in the self-aware zombie and jokes that these re-animated corpses are "dead and they know it." He notes that this particular type of undead has grown in popularity with films like "Warm Bodies," and TV shows such as "In the Flesh" and "iZombie," and what its increased popularity says about us and what we are currently scared of.

You can find Blumberg on Twitter and iTunes where you can subscribe to the Doctor of the Dead podcast he does with Scott A. Woodard.

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