Father of the Zombie Movie, George Romero Says “the Walking Dead Is a Soap Opera with an Occasional Zombie”
Each and every Halloween for the last ten years, it has been tradition to watch horror flicks. The first movie every year in the Blue-ray player is non other than Night of the Living Dead. The man, George Romero is a legend in the film industry. In 1968 he directed and co-wrote the film. The man’s vision is still widely used in today’s zombie films. Every zombie movie shoots them in the head. They are flesh hungery monster back from the dead. Though, some have moved away from the slow, ever persistent moving zombies to the marathon running kind. The snatch and grab. The rip your guts out, chewy kind.
The most popular zombie cable show out there today, The Walking Dead. Ranking with the highest returning audience for a cable series in history. I have to say I am a big fan, as well. Sunday night has become family zombie night in our home. I was not shocked when I heard they had asked Mr. Romero to direct a couple of episodes for this growing popular show. I was surprised at what Mr. Romero had commented about it.
“They had asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead, but I don’t want to be apart of it.” Mr. Romero told Britain’s The Big Issue.“Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”
Mr. Romero believes his idea for a zombie is as a slave in a trance like state in which the living can control them. Saying “I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.” Though, Mr. Romero has never really used the word zombie to describe his flesh eating, slow moving creatures, but he is quoted as saying “And they weren’t dead so I thought I was doing a brand new thing by raising the dead. Not that the dead haven’t been risen before.” His high standards for what he thinks zombies should be and what they have become in today’s views are completely different. He’s like a disapproving father with his eldest son. Scolding him for everything that he has done since he sent him out into the world.
George Romero is turning his sights to a new screenplay that he has written the adaptation of the book, which he had bought the rights to about two years ago. A new film called Romero’s Zombie Autopties. Should be exciting to see him get back into the director’s chair with this new venture. To witness his vision of what the zombie should be in his eyes. Even the father has to let his children run free and make their own version of their nightmare of zombies. Each to their own. More power to those who reach for the dead flesh and chomp down into the gore. Maybe one day the father of zombies will direct the eldest son of zombies in how to make a his vision of a zombie flick and maybe not.
By Zondra Mae