George Romero is a major figure in the horror genre and his franchise of Dead films will forever put him at the top of the heap of most influential horror filmmakers. That said in recent years it seems that some hard fans have turned against the talented and legendary horror director.
George Romero first came to fame with Night of the Living dead which to this day is one of the 10 best horror films of all time. Night of the Living Dead has not only spawned an official remake with Tom Savini Directing but has become fodder for wanna bee filmmakers looking to make a name for themselves.
George Romero did what few else have and hit gold not once, not twice but three times with three of the most influential zombie films of our time. You simply can not say the words ‘zombie genre’ and not think of George Romero as the father of the genre or at least one of the most significant contributors.
George Romero is also a super nice guy who has endeared himself to his fans. Where some genre icons have built infamous reputations for being blow hards, and a**holes George Romero has earned the admiration and love of his fans with his passion for film and his love of the genre and the fans who have made him famous.
So why is it that some horror fans suddenly like to hate on George Romero?
It seems that every time we announce a new Romero project some die hard horror fans get really upset. Unlike with Uwe Boll though fans do so with respect always identifying that they love George Romero but really wish he would just stop already.
Our recent announcement that George Romero has completed the script for his newest film was no different.
George Romero has put the finishing touches on the Zombie Autopsies a book by Steven C Scholtzman that Romero owns the rights to and fans responded with courteous animosity and timid excitement. My guess is that some of this stems from his last three films Diary of the Dead, Land of the Dead and Survival of the Dead which may not have been what fans wanted or expected.
Does this polite animosity towards Romero come from the fact that he is doing new things? Or do you really think he has lost his touch?
Or could it be that fans just need to realize as much as we want more of the Dead Trilogy George Romero is trying hard to breath imagination and originality into the genre he made famous.
Take a minute and you tell me. Are you a fan of George Romero’s? Are you a fan that loves his new films Survival of the Dead, Diary and Land? Why do you think some fans are politely turning up their noses at George Romero? Hit the comments below and lets start a dialogue.