George A. Romero

Geroge A. RomeroMy commentary on horror

I knew as soon as I saw Night of the Living Dead, I was hooked. Zombies are so cool. There's nothing creeper than a cemetery at night populated with the walking dead searching for the substance of human flesh .And the man most directly responsible for this phenomena is none other than George Romero.

Night of the Living Dead was the first film of  Romero's that I saw. Man, was I hooked.  Slowly I have worked through the whole catalog. There have been some really weird ones like  Season of the Witch. There have been some that were alright like The Crazies , The Dark Half and Creepshow 2. And of course some that are classics like Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead which is my least favorite of his "living dead" movie, but still a great zombie film. I am even a big fan of Monkey Shines, Martin, Creepshow, and Knightriders.

 Later, with  Dawn Romero took his vision one step further and focused ongar2.jpg (18228 bytes) the human dilemma of survival, rather that traditional gore aspects of the genre. He re-established use of the storyline in horror and developed characters that we could really cared about and other we didn't. Rarely, do you see such substance in horror films. Romero definitely was ahead of his time.

Then with Day of the Dead, Romero wanted and need to go farther, and produce a "zombie epic". The world he created need to be destroy by the true zombies...man.  He vision was constrained by the machine that is Hollywood. They would never spend the kind of money Romero need to realize his dream. Unfortunately for us, we received a very watered down version of Romero's original concept for this film.

Recently, there has been talk of a fourth "Living Dead" movie. Romero wasn't able to make Day the movie he envisions and really wants to complete the series. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Night. A Special Edition, of which Romero has vigorously denied any involvement, is said to be released with new footage. Let's also not overlook that this year marks the 20th anniversary of Dawn. Let's all rejoice in the majesty of these films and the joy they have brought over the years and pray that George Romero can make the next "Living Dead" movie his best ever.

NEW FLASH---Here is some sad news. Capcom Producer Yoshiki Okamoto told the editors of "Electronic Gaming Monthly" that  "His (Romero) script wasn't good, so Romero was fired". Email Capcom and tell them how pissed you are at megamail@capcom.com.

Also Romero has just finished a film called "Bruiser". I was able to see the film at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Watch the House for my exclusive review of George Romero's newest film, but in the meantime checkout the movies official website at http://www.brusier.com from more details. 

Again, as always, if you have anything you can add to help improve this page or if you have any comments, criticisms, and suggestions, please e-mail me.

 

Romero at Weekend of Horror 98


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