One of the key elements of this film that struck me was the way that the zombies in it desperately want to return to being human. The genre has long had a problem with this longing – we fear being mindless automatons or animals, the Other in a completely unholy sense, an involuntary relinquishing of what we perceive as our humanity.
As the genre morphs and twists, I’m not sure what this means. One of the reasons why the zombie transformation is so resilient is because it invokes a combination of fear of loss of self that might become a desire for this loss of self – after all, perhaps the desire to unhinge our primal selves becomes a subject of unhealthy longing in a sense.
This is Kristeva territory, of course, and I am far from an expert in connecting her sense of the abject to anything. Still, there seems to be an aspect of the transformation that is Genetian – actively embracing the grossness that is the primal mother in order to remake their own identities.