The zombie genre wouldn’t exist without Dawn of the Dead creator George Romero laying post-apocalyptic track, so leave it to those darn spiritual descendants to muck it all up. Romero claims his Road of the Dead has had a difficult … uh, path, given the ubiquity of The Walking Dead these days.
George A. Romero has fully laid claim to the dominion of all things Dead — whether that’s Night of the Living, Dawn of the, Day of the, Land of the, Diary of the, or Survival of the. The elder statesman of horror cinema has no intention of resting on his laurels, however. Perhaps riding the wave of renewed interest in Night of the Living Dead that accompanied its gorgeous restoration last year, Romero has announced plans for a new addition to the ever-expanding of the Dead universe. And it looks like his new breed of zombies have a need for speed.
It’s one of the most famous and important horror movies of all time: Night of the Living Dead. But did you know that wasn’t always the title? The film was originally going to be called Night of the Flesh Eaters, until it was discovered that a movie called The Flesh Eaters already existed. Director George A. Romero preferred the title Night of Anubis, in reference to the Egyptian god of embalming, but with so few people knowing who Anubis was (much less praying to him), the title was eventually changed to the one that became synonymous with movie zombies. That’s just one of the facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Film may still be barely alive, but zombies are dead, according to resident undead authority George A. Romero. (That is, authority on the undead. Romero’s fine.) He singlehandedly brought the zombie genre back to life in 1968 with the now-classic Night of the Living Dead, whose rotting subjects have been a horror staple to this day. But the director doesn’t much care for how they’ve evolved, and claims they’re a lot less scarier than they used to be.
Robert Kirkman began The Walking Dead under curiosity of life in the zombie apocalypse after most movies roll credits, but horror icon John Carpenter isn’t impressed with the creator cribbing from George Romero. The Thing and Halloween director believes The Walking Dead has been “milking” its zombie forefathers, and isn’t worth our time
Increased interest in zombie properties is nothing new with The Walking Dead in its sixth season, as we saw in May with news that George Romero comic Empire of the Dead had entered TV development. Now, one of the artists claims that The Walking Dead’s own home AMC has won rights to the zombie-vampire hybrid thriller.