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What does George A. Romero think of The Walking Dead?

Nov. 1, 2013by: Kevin Woods

Let's face it: without George A. Romero there wouldn't be "The Walking Dead".

The Godfather of the zombie genre, whose NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD remains one of the greatest horror films of all time and kickstarted the zombie craze, recently sat down with Big Issue to comment on the hit AMC series (as well as take a dig at the Brad Pitt-starring WORLD WAR Z), revealing that he was offered the chance to direct some episodes of the zombie show.

Romero shared...

“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.”

Ya know, the man has a valid point there.

The zombie flick has changed considerably since Romero brought NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD to life in 1968, most notably in their penchant for chasing down their victims at pace. Should zombies be able to run? Romero weighed in...

“I guess Zack Snyder started that with the remake of Dawn of the Dead – fast-moving zombies, but the zombies in World War Z, my God, they’re like army ants! But in all the adverts here they never called it a zombie film."

As far as the term 'zombie' goes, Romero points out that he never referred to the risen dead in his NOTLD by that word.

“No, never did. I never thought they were zombies. To me back then, zombies were those voodoo guys who were given some sort of blowfish cocktail and became slaves.

“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… It goes back to Jesus, doesn’t it?”

What do you think of Romero's statements? Agree? Disagree? Spit back below and give us your thoughts.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think of Romero's thoughts on "The Walking Dead"? We wanna hear your thoughts!
Source: Big Issue

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7:43PM on 11/03/2013
I do agree that The Walking Dead is like a soap opera for men. We have the drama part with the relationship between all the characters, and then we have the gore factor with the zombies. I don't really care how they label it, as long as there's a good balance of both. Romero is the king of the zombie genre, even though I think the first three are the best (they started going down hill after Day of the Dead).
I do agree that The Walking Dead is like a soap opera for men. We have the drama part with the relationship between all the characters, and then we have the gore factor with the zombies. I don't really care how they label it, as long as there's a good balance of both. Romero is the king of the zombie genre, even though I think the first three are the best (they started going down hill after Day of the Dead).
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2:54PM on 11/02/2013

not Zack Snyder

Dan O' Bannon did running zombies in 1985 with Return of the Living Dead. Maybe George is contractually obligated not to discuss that movie, though...
Dan O' Bannon did running zombies in 1985 with Return of the Living Dead. Maybe George is contractually obligated not to discuss that movie, though...
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5:59PM on 11/01/2013

THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT OF...

... the DRAWN TOGETHER movie, where a character tells the others that comedy has to have messages. Or it would be like Neill Blomkamp telling Lee Daniels that he didn't like PRECIOUS because he could've added sci-fi elements to make a poverty allegory like ELYSIUM.

If a story has a message it's better, but that doesn't mean that it's bad without it. Now, him saying that the show is a soap opera is another issue.

Not trying to diminish him. He deserves his icon status because of what he
... the DRAWN TOGETHER movie, where a character tells the others that comedy has to have messages. Or it would be like Neill Blomkamp telling Lee Daniels that he didn't like PRECIOUS because he could've added sci-fi elements to make a poverty allegory like ELYSIUM.

If a story has a message it's better, but that doesn't mean that it's bad without it. Now, him saying that the show is a soap opera is another issue.

Not trying to diminish him. He deserves his icon status because of what he did with the zombie genre. But I'm sure Stanley Donen and Vincente Minelli wouldn't like LES MISERABLES for not being cheerful. And Charlie Chaplin wouldn't like LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL because he didn't like the idea of making a comedy surrounding the Holocaust.
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5:26PM on 11/01/2013

Nope.

Massive respect for the guy but I can't agree with his opinion on TWD... Excluding parts of the second season.
Massive respect for the guy but I can't agree with his opinion on TWD... Excluding parts of the second season.
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3:57PM on 11/01/2013

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While I hold in high regard Mr. Romero's ground-breaking work in the zombie genre, I can't respect his comments here. Why be so dismissive of TWD as a "soap opera"? It's a bit bewildering as well he'd turn down the opportunity to work on the most popular show on tv currently, as well...and in the zombie milieu, no less! His last few movies have been Okay to Bad, I'd say. Wish he'd reconsider and give the show a second chance...
While I hold in high regard Mr. Romero's ground-breaking work in the zombie genre, I can't respect his comments here. Why be so dismissive of TWD as a "soap opera"? It's a bit bewildering as well he'd turn down the opportunity to work on the most popular show on tv currently, as well...and in the zombie milieu, no less! His last few movies have been Okay to Bad, I'd say. Wish he'd reconsider and give the show a second chance...
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2:40PM on 11/01/2013
Agree 100%. The zombie scenes are incredibly effective, but the standard for character work both in the acting dept. and writing dept. is sub-par to say the least. They have been chasing their tails with the non-zombie drama through seasons 2 and 3. 1 set a high bar, and 4 has thus far stepped up to the task, mostly by doing the drama less often. Less is definitely more if they can't stick the landing.
Agree 100%. The zombie scenes are incredibly effective, but the standard for character work both in the acting dept. and writing dept. is sub-par to say the least. They have been chasing their tails with the non-zombie drama through seasons 2 and 3. 1 set a high bar, and 4 has thus far stepped up to the task, mostly by doing the drama less often. Less is definitely more if they can't stick the landing.
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11:54AM on 11/01/2013
I wish they would've asked him what the hell he was thinking with Diary Of The Dead. Jeeeebus, that sucked.
I wish they would've asked him what the hell he was thinking with Diary Of The Dead. Jeeeebus, that sucked.
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8:39AM on 11/01/2013
I love the guy...but the story has to have some sort of social/political bent to be good? Get over yourself, George.
I love the guy...but the story has to have some sort of social/political bent to be good? Get over yourself, George.
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10:54AM on 11/01/2013
While I respect George Romero for being the Godfather of zombies I think the Walking Dead is a really good show with quality acting and pretty good practical zombie effects. Hey being the Godfather of something doesn't mean other people can't recreate something or provide their own take on it whether it be good or bad. They had a SyFy movie called Zombie Night on the other night and this Zombie caught up with this lady and started banging her head against the wall then proceeded to drag her off
While I respect George Romero for being the Godfather of zombies I think the Walking Dead is a really good show with quality acting and pretty good practical zombie effects. Hey being the Godfather of something doesn't mean other people can't recreate something or provide their own take on it whether it be good or bad. They had a SyFy movie called Zombie Night on the other night and this Zombie caught up with this lady and started banging her head against the wall then proceeded to drag her off by her hair. I was like WTF this $#@! is all wrong. Zombies just bite your @$$ on instinct point, blank, period. Now that Mr Romero is disrespecting the Zombie Game [link]!!!!!
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