July 23, 2017

George A. Romero (1940-2017)

[Posted by Ted H]

So George Romero died last week.
Contrary to what I've posted before, I'm a huge fan of his work, with the Dead Trilogy being the focal point of my respect and admiration. Hell, the reason I rag on his lesser 2 (I refuse to watch the other one) Dead movies was because of how awesome the first 3 were. I hated Land and Diary out of love. What we lose from Romero is another Dead movie (maybe it's for the best since he described it as "Fast and the Furious with zombies") as well as a previously cancelled zombie video game.
What I will never get over is how he was originally slated to write and direct the Resident Evil film. His script was rejected in favor of Paul Andersons...Now I actually got to read part of Romero's script, and I can't for the life of me see what was so wrong about it compared to what Anderson ended up with.

I was raised on movies like Romero's growing up. I still have an old beat up VHS of the '68 classic (though now I obviously rock a DVD) and I still remember when my parents came home one day with Dawn of the Dead as a surprise. Personally, I can't wait to raise kids of my own so I can raise them with Romero movies instead of Disney. My kids'll be more badass than yours.

The modern zombie lost its creator, folks, and the world will never be the same.
And now I'm really never gonna bother with Survival of the Dead...

....And if something happens to Sam Raimi at this point, I swear to God...

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