Suddenly, it all becomes clear. Zombie movies are Westerns. Zombies are politically corrrect Indians. George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is The Great Train Robbery (or, to tighten the metaphor, 1903’s Kit Carson, the oldest “cowboys and Indians” picture I know of). Resident Evil is Fort Apache. Milla Jovovich is John Wayne (impossibly tall, slender, good-looking foreign-born female action hero—cool; impossibly tall, slender, good-looking native-born male action hero—un-cool). Sean of the Dead is The Paleface.
CGI is a stand-in for cinematography and Monument Valley.
The Walking Dead is Wagon Train.
Has it always been this obvious?
Where oh where are John Ford and Howard Hawks when you really need them?