Tuesday, 31 October 2017


“My zombies will never take over the world because I need the humans. The humans are the ones I dislike the most, and they're where the trouble really lies.”

When George A. Romero died on the 16th of July earlier this year, there was an outpouring of grief among the horror/film community for a man who pretty much resurrected the maligned, ghoulish zombie, along with the co-writer for Night of the Living Dead John A. Russo. The zombies became more than the depersonalised victims of 1936's White Zombie and evolved more into ways to discuss socio-political issues, without the heavy handed lecturing. Indeed, his interpretation of the undead proved to be so popular that this genre saw more and more films each year. So many in fact, that by 2013, and the release of the lamentable World War Z, film studios declared that they were not in market to make any more zombie films

The irony of this is that it stopped the "Father of the Zombie Film" being able to make zombie films himself. In an interview with Vanity Fair, released eleven days before he died, Romero talks of his resentment towards these big budget undead shows: “I used to be the only guy on the zombie playground, and unfortunately Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead have made it Hollywood-ized. I was ready to do another one, a $2-3 million one, and nobody will finance a zombie film now.” Three days before he died, the poster for this small budget project Road of the Dead was released, described as "The Fast and the Furious with zombies". As of yet, the film's future hangs in the air. 

Of course, Romero did other films, including Martin, The Crazies and Knightriders, and sometimes worried that he was pigeonholed, but to transform the idea of the zombie, and to transform horror as a whole, takes talent and intelligence, something Romero had by the bucketful. Romero's zombie films transcend their genre because they embody their time period through scathing satire, and through each decade he made his films, he used the zombies as his puppet to interoperate his fears and hopes for society.

We dedicated an extra podcast each week to watching the first four of Romero's zombie movies. You can listen to them here: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and Land of the Dead.

Leigh, as per usual, took an eclectic bunch of films as their starting point to discuss, especially seen as horror isn't especially a genre she enjoys much: The Return of the Living Dead, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Psycho II, and Cabin Fever: Das Dumme Filmvirus.

Richee and I took to the blog to review some horror's too, and far out did me this month by the looks of it: I Drink Your Blood, The Belko Experiment, Hell and Back, Society, The Rezort, and 1922

We hope you enjoy our special George A. Romero dedicated podcasts and the extra reviews on the blog this October, and let us know which Romero directed zombie film is your favourite in the comments, on the Twitters, or on the Facebooks. Enjoy your Halloween, folks!

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