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This essay addresses recent Russian scholarship on zombies and the experience of watching zombie films by Soviet and post-Soviet viewers. A part of the essay is based on a series of in-depth interviews with fans of zombie films and on the work of film critics and academics. Informed in part by Pierre Bourdieu's account of taste as the practical affirmation of difference justified by the refusal of other tastes, the author shows how Russian interpretations of zombie films refuse to use social and political frames popular in the United States and base them instead on the essential "Americanness" of the living dead subgenre. As we will see, the only moment when Russian interpretations align with those written in English is in zombie films' critique of new media and of the consequences of misusing them.