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George A. Romero 1940-2017
What a sad day this is. Just the other day, I was thinking and hoping that George Romero had one more zombie film in him left. That’s not the case as the Godfather of the zombie genre and one of the best filmmakers in the horror genre has died today at the age of 77 from lung cancer. With the past few years, the zombie genre has infiltrated every form of media. The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, and tons zombie epics have come in the forms of comic books, TV shows, films, and video games. There wouldn’t be any of this, if it weren’t for George Romero who brought us a super small budget film in 1968 called Night of the Flesh Eaters, later changed to Night of the Living Dead, which gave us the zombie we know today.
If you go back and look or listen to any interview with any modern day filmmaker who has made a horror movie or zombie film, they will cite their inspiration of George Romero and his many films. Back before Night of the Living Dead, there really wasn’t a monster known as the zombie that arose from the grave and attacked the living to eat them to stay “undead”. This is what George Romero brought to the world, which was an entertaining and very satirical look at our society. Each zombie film had their share of gruesome kills in it, but there was so much more to it than that. He added social, political, and class themes to each of his movies that made us think, rather than cover our eyes from blood and scares.
He took on race relations, consumerism, the class system, the military, and social media in his movies, all of which added a good and sometimes unfortunate commentary on our nation. Romero also took a ton of chances with his characters and story lines, by not always having a happy ending. In fact, starting with the 1968 Night of the Living Dead, and on, his movie endings are quite rough and might make people upset, but the movies are better for these amazing endings that pushed the bounds and made people thing, rather than be satisfied on a happy level. He was truly ahead of his time and will be missed for sure. He had a great mind and was a super smart and gracious guy. Luckily, we will have a ton of his movies to love forever. Below are a list of his best films, so please take a look and watch some of these. I’m sure you’ll love them.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) Night of the Living Dead is a seminal 1968 black-and-white independent horror film directed by George A. Romero. Early drafts of the script were titled Monster Flick, but it was known as Night of Anubis and Night of the Flesh Eaters during production. The film stars Duane Jones as Ben and Judith O’Dea as Barbra. The plot revolves around the mysterious reanimation of the dead and the efforts of Ben, Barbra and five others to survive the night while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.
‘The Crazies‘ (1973) A biological weapon gone awry is only the start of problems in the little town of Evan’s City, Pennsylvania. Bouts of insanity in the populace are leading to murder and rioting, until the US Army turns up – and things really start going to hell.
‘O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose‘ (1974) An independently produced sports documentary on the career of O.J. Simpson, (32#) the upcoming running back for the Buffalo Bills football team.
‘Dawn of the Dead‘ (1978) Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
‘Knightriders‘ (1981) A travelling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group’s leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior’s rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to LA and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place.
‘Creepshow‘ (1982) Five tales of terror are presented. The first deals with a demented old man returning from the grave to get the Father’s Day cake his murdering daughter never gave him. The second is about a not-too-bright farmer discovering a meteor that turns everything into plant-life. The third is about a vengeful husband burying his wife and her lover up to their necks on the beach. The fourth is about a creature that resides in a crate under the steps of a college. The final story is about an ultra-rich businessman who gets his comeuppance from cockroaches.
‘Day of the Dead‘ (1985) Zombies rule the world, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker in Florida. The scientists are using the undead in gruesome experiments; much to the chagrin of the military. Finally the military finds that their men have been used in the scientists’ experiments, and banish the scientists to the caves that house the Living Dead. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker
‘Monkey Shines‘ (1988) When Allan becomes a quadriplegic he loses all hope for living until he meets Ella – a monkey trained to fetch and carry for him around the house, obeying him in all things. But Ella is part of another experiment, and when she starts responding to Allan’s underlying rage and frustration she has the ability to carry out her master’s darkest wishes.
‘Land of the Dead‘ (2005) Now that zombies have taken over the world, the living have built a walled-in city to keep the dead out. But all’s not well where it’s most safe, as a revolution plans to overthrow the city leadership, and the zombies are turning into more advanced creatures.
‘Diary of the Dead‘ (2007) While filming a horror movie of mummy in a forest, the students and their professor of the University of Pittsburgh hear on the TV the news that the dead are awaking and walking. Ridley and Francine decide to leave the group, while Jason heads to the dormitory of his girlfriend Debra Monahan. She does not succeed in contacting her family and they travel in Mary’s van to the house of Debra’s parents in Scranton, Pennsylvania. While driving her van, Mary sees a car accident and runs over a highway patrolman and three other zombies trying to escape from them. Later the religious Mary is depressed, questioning whether the victims where really dead, and tries to commit suicide, shooting herself with a pistol. Her friends take her to a hospital where they realize that the dead are indeed awaking and walking and they need to fight to survive while traveling to Debra’s parents house.
‘Survival of the Dead‘ (2009) In the Plum Island, off the coast of Delaware, the long feud between the families of the patriarchs Captain Patrick O’Flynn that intends to eliminate the zombies and Seamus Muldoon that intends to keep his undead relatives waiting for a cure culminates with O’Flynn expelled from Plum. Meanwhile in the continent Sarge “Nicotine” Crocket, Chuck, Cisco and Tomboy are plundering and seeking a safe place to stay. When they rescue the young Boy from group of sadistic hunters, Boy decides to join the group and suggests them to head to Plum Island since he had heard a O’Flynn’s broadcast inviting people to move to the island. When Sarge and his team arrive in the island, they are attacked by Muldoon’s men and they see that the place is crowded of undead. Sarge’s friend Chuck is killed and they decide to fight against Muldoon.