The godfather of zombie movies, George Romero, had some unflattering words to say about The Walking Dead series in a recent interview with The Big Issue.
Romero said, “They asked me to do a couple of episodes of ‘The Walking Dead,’ but I didn’t want to be a part of it. 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.”
That’s quite a blow to a TV series whose entire saga is practically one giant love letter to the early Romero films. Romero’s zombie films were cult favorites in the 70s and 80s but The Walking Dead has completely taken the zombie genre into the zeitgeist. It’s also one of the most watched TV shows ever.
Romero also went on to discuss the evolution of the fast zombie. “I guess Zack Snyder started that with the remake of Dawn of the Dead, fast-moving zombies,” Romero said. “But the zombies in World War Z, my God, they’re like army ants! But in all the advertisements here they never called it a zombie film.”
It sounds to us like Romero is sore that he’s getting left behind in a genre that he helped invent. Sure the early Romero films were groundbreaking but he hasn’t made a decent zombie movie in almost 25 years. We not only love The Walking Dead but we also think some of the more modern zombie movies are way scarier then anything Romero ever produced. Still, it’s fun to think about what an episode of The Walking Dead would look like being directed by one of the great masters of zombie movies.
What do you think?