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Why Do Fans Hate On George Romero?

Herner Klenthur 64 Comments

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.

Why Do Fans Hate On George Romero?

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.

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      1. Michaek K October 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        Are you a fan of George Romero’s? YES!!!!

        Are you a fan that loves his new films Survival of the Dead, Diary and Land? My quick assessment of Land, Survival, and Dairy… Land was alright / decent enough follow-up to Day. Survival – I was soooo looking forward to. Maybe that was the problem though? My expectations were built up, and after seeing Zombieland (which rocked! – in spite of it not being a Romero zombie film). Survival was kinda a let down – perhaps (I’m just guessing here) some fans thought George was attempting to compete with Zombieland and saw it as a ‘low blow’ to the Zombie genre? That maybe they thought that Survival was not original enough…coming from a Master of Horror like George Romero? Had the humor elements of Survival been taken out, I think I would’ve liked it more, I just wasn’t expecting humor from Romero and it kinda caught me off guard.

        Diary… I cannot love this movie enough!! Going back and doing a prequel of Dawn (I presume) was amazing! I’d love to see a prequel to Night! Any one else ever thought of that? So many zombie movies show the initial onset and ‘tell you how it happened’ as well as the aftermath of zombies, but off hand, I cannot think of any prequel zombie movies that really go in depth as to what caused and how things really got started. Yeah there are some that go into some detail, or give you bit and pieces throughout the film, but to REALLY GO IN DEPTH as to what and how it all started – without negating the horror / zombie action. Though I could be wrong…

        Why do you think some fans are politely turning up their noses at George Romero? Like myself, I think fans turned there noses up after Survival. They ought to give Diary a shot – the movie rocked! Too, certain fans just took ‘their’ expectations of what they wanted / were hoping to see from Romero. I think that’s the single biggest mistake you can take into ANY movie…going in with super high expectations.

        That and I think a lot of fans all want another Dawn, or another Night, or whatever… Fans are ‘chasing the dragon’ on this… Or in this case, chasing a zombie film. ;-) Everyone keeps wanting more, and a better and better ‘rush’ from another great zombie movie.

      2. Julica Da Costa José October 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        Hate? I <3 him! He is an icon!

      3. Aaron Mitchell October 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        because they have no respect for the king of zombies!!! Romero is the man nobody else compares!!

      4. Matthew Adam Alton October 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        They do? News to me…

      5. Alex Ricknblocher Babineaux October 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        Jealousy??

      6. Adam Myles October 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        I personally adore the man and have the utmost respect for him. I think he is a great director and if continuing to make films is what he wants to do I applaud and support the man. In my opinion you cannot be a fan or truly admire someone if you want them to stop what made you a fan of theirs to begin with.

      7. Vee Angel October 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        Stupidity?

      8. Mark Comeau October 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        Land was ok tho took the “evolving” thing too far when they started showing continuous emotion. Diary was cool cuz it flashed back to the beginning. Survival was awful. Not sure what Mr Romero was thinking there.

      9. Luna Winchester October 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        I don’t know anyone that hates Romero. If they do then they aren’t a true horror fan. They are most likely misinformed people on what is what. It drives me crazy when someone goes oh have you seen the movie Halloween and they think that the one Zombie did was the only one made.

      10. Kirtina Perry October 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        how can u hate a person who practically invented the zombie genre?

      11. Mike Mendoza October 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        If they hate George Romero, then they don’t know good cinema! They should just play their games. Leave the good stuff to the intelligent people.

      12. Michelle Lambert Binley October 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        I love his movies!

      13. Levi October 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm

        I don’t think anyone hates the guy, he’s awesome, but I’d like to see him do other stuff than just zombies. Sure, he’ll always be the king of zombies, but come on, isn’t it enough now? Also, the “If people hate him, they aren’t a true horror fan.” comment is hilarious.

      14. Ralphy Pinder October 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        His only fuck up was Survival. Aside from that, his legend status is assured.

      15. strathconagroup October 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        Like his stuff but the last 2 zombie movies were high school level film class garbage, acting terrible, dialoge bad and story predictable.. would expect that from a kid with a hand held not Romero…

      16. Larry Brown October 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        What idiot hates Romero? If you’re a horror fan then how can you? I mean real horror not paranormal activity

      17. David Jayme Powers October 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        People don’t like Romero?

        • Matthew Webb
          Matthew Webb October 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          I don’t dislike Romero just most of his movies. There are a few good ones, but mostly crap.

        • Nicholas Wolfwood
          Nicholas Wolfwood October 7, 2013 at 8:45 am

          I enjoyed almost all his movies, including Diary of the Dead. Not sure why that gets allot of fan hatred… ok i am but i am not going into it. But yeah Survival was a stinker and Land was at least as good as Day. Still, all of it is better than at least 90% of the other movies in the genre.

      18. Efrain Rodriguez Jr. October 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        George Romero the best director was the one that started the zombie movies!

      19. Chris Cooney October 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        Never heard of anyone hating on Romero. He seems like the nicest guy.

      20. Demuri Aclisha Moreno October 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        Who doesnt like Romero?

      21. Bradley Johnson October 6, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        I seriously doubt that Anyone hates him. Survival was a bit dissapointing, but his status as the godfather of gore is solid gold. I’m about to start a “Romero-thon” right now. All of his “dead” series and The Crazies and Bruiser. It is October after all….

      22. Jay Vanden Bos October 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        I liked his earlier movies better than his more recent stuff. The subtlety in his themes seemed to be lost as time went on, though:

        Night of the Living Dead – Isolationism will get you killed. Learn to work together with others.

        Dawn of the Dead – Materialism is a beautiful trap. Possessions can keep you from achieving your goals.

        Day of the Dead – Neither science nor the military can keep you safe by themselves. Balance in life is important.

        Land of the Dead – Rich people are mean. Poor people are noble. George Bush is icky.

        Wait, what?

      23. Belinda Martinez October 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        John Zombo

      24. Mike Buckendorf October 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        I don’t hate on George Romero. He is the king, bar none. But….the quality on some of the work has been spotty. I thoroughly enjoyed Diary, but Survival was crap, with only the occasional flash of the ol’ brilliance.

      25. Rabid Rich October 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        I think the man has lost his touch a bit. But we shouldn’t put the man aside and give him a scowl because he wants to advance his popular and mega imitated idea of the modern zombie genre. It’s just that people don’t want to see him fail. And he has been doing that on a regular basis. I hate saying that, but it is a fact. I always have given George the benefit of the doubt, and I always will. He’s earned at least that much.

        • Dale Burden
          Dale Burden October 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

          He is going to have the same problem the Nintendo 64 has today. Sure its great and plays som cool games but people today are so dazzled by CGI that they hate anything low budget and that is Romero’s stomping grounds. They will go see more R.E. crap made just to show off CGI all day long but something simple with a good story? Nah not shiny evough.

      26. idleprimate October 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        I’d like to see him helm some anthology films. Imagine if every year we got a Romero’s Creepshow featuring new directors and young masters. He could produce and direct one of the stories. If it rocked we would cheer and if it flopped no one would care because there’d be the other stories and the whole project is his. I’d love this. And nosequel numbering. Title them by year to make them an event.

        I don’t blame people for feeling embarassed about zombie projects. You kinda nailed it with these last few. You can be a fan and not want to see your idol flounder about. It makes no sense to cheer for the emperor’s new clothes

      27. Praise Connor Lee October 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        I agree that “Diary” and “Survival Of The Dead” weren’t that great, but I thought “Land Of The Dead” was pretty good. I’d put it in a dead heat with “Day Of The Dead”. I am liking the idea of the “Zombie Autopsies” book adaptation. I’ll always consider him to be one of the greatest horror directors of all time. You’ll always have the critics out there who love to hate everything. That’s why you call them critics I guess, but all of Romero’s films are good to me. Some are better than others, but all are of the highest quality to me.

      28. Aaron Whitsell October 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

        I love his work up to Day Of The Dead!! I think that was really his last great film. Didn’t care for Land Of The Dead or any of the others to follow!!!!

      29. Steven Michael Kirkpatrick October 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        The man is and will always be an icon who started the zombie genre but in reality he just needs to do something new. Maybe team up with Danny boyle and make a new type of monster movie.

      30. Justin Hershey October 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        George Romero rules
        People r just assholes that need to walk into on coming traffic

      31. James October 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        George Romero is a legend in horror films. His original Dead Trilogy is what nightmares are made of. The Crazies is a masterful political thriller disguised as a horror film and Monkey Shines has a killer monkey in it, how can you hate that?

        Land of the Dead was a very well thought out, albeit not perfectly executed, look at how life would flourish in a zombie apocalypse. Even Bruiser was interesting. I will always get excited for his next film, but Diary of the Dead was poor/mediocre at best. It had some impressive visuals, but the story was very weak, and the premise of “having to document” everything failed spectacularly. Survival of the Dead is one of the worst, hackneyed, films made. Shoehorning in a “Hatfield vs McCoy” plot in the movie was awful.

      32. Gavin Lawley October 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        I love George

      33. John Young October 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        Land is my favorite by him and Martian the only movie I’ve seen that I hated was Survival of the dead, unbelievably corny and stupid…he has a lot of movies I haven’t seen though so I can’t be a judge of his body of work…didn’t know anyone hated him to be honest.

      34. Brian Bundy October 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        People who hate on romero were never fans when his movies were (pretty much) the only zombie movies there were. No Romero no Savini, no pussy ass piece of shit zombie love stories, no cute little zombie comedies or Brad Pitt multi million dollar garbage that gets eaten up by the masses. I spent a lot of my life hoping for more zombie movies to get popular I never imagined the level of douchebag wanna be poser ass bitch boy “fans” that come along with it. Hating on George Romero, GET A FUCKING CLUE.

        • Anthony Zarco
          Anthony Zarco October 7, 2013 at 4:55 am

          Hahaha homie I like your style. I feel the same way.

        • Tim Lyons
          Tim Lyons October 7, 2013 at 5:10 am

          Romero rules

        • Nick Jensen
          Nick Jensen October 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

          Get this man a fuckin’ cigar!♠

      35. Will Robertson October 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        Hating on George Romero? He’s a nice guy. He makes fun movies. He breaks stereotypes in his stories. And he tells the stories ~he~ wants to tell. That’s danged cool, says I. Danged cool.

        Hate George Romero? May you be eaten alive by zombie rabbits.

      36. Idle Primate October 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        It’s not a dichotomy between absolute adoration and asshole/idiot. That’s utterly childish. Carpenter is one of my favorite directors and I was sorely disappointed in The Ward. Love Wes Craven too and loved My Soul To Take though I may be alone there. They’re both still masters of horror.

        Romero has done great stuff and not just zombie movies, but his last few movies were pretty lame to me. I walked out of his last one. I’m neither an idiot or an asshole. And the directors I like are not deities, just fallible film makers. I would look more askance at worshipful fans who can’t differentiate one film from another or worse are defensive about the very notion.

      37. Patrick Lubben October 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        becausen everything after Day of the Dead sucked so bad

        • Michael Woods
          Michael Woods October 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

          I don’t hate him, but the above comment is spot-on. Tainted his legacy with the shit that was Land, Diary, and the other one where the zombie rode a horse. I forgot it’s name, because I’ve managed to burn it from my memory.

        • Patrick Lubben
          Patrick Lubben October 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm

          well I don’t hate Romero himself just everything after Day…

      38. D.C. Moon October 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        No one of any worth would hate on Romero. He’s the best. They’ll still be in awe of “Night of the Living Dead” hundreds of years from now. I will always want to see what he comes up with next.

      39. Jake Stubbs October 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

        I liked Land and Diary, not so much Survival, but I also love his other contributions to horror, The Crazies, Creepshow

      40. Rick Monroe October 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        I am a life long hard core fan of George A Romero . So much so that I named my son Romero Savini . I first saw the dead series as a child and fell in love with them . I still watch them and the rest of his dead films to this day . And even though I am not a huge fan of the newer movies I still own and watch them all . My only really big problem with his films now is all the cgi and I don’t like zombies that keep getting smarter and faster . His movies should be done the OLD SCHOOL way with loads of violence and gore and NO CGI ever ! He needs to go back to what made him and his films great . I will always be a die hard fan and I will always watch buy and display any and all George Romero items I can get my hands on, But I will never approve of cgi that is running rampit today in films .

      41. Tiago October 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        George Romero is the greatest independent filmmaker ever. Anyone with no respect for that, has no idea what he’s talking about. The man is an icon.

      42. Jason Russell October 7, 2013 at 12:40 am

        It is amazing he created a film like that on such a limited budget and for some reason it became a cultural icon even today. He is one of the best filmmakers ever and certainly one of the most successful of all time. As for zombie films they have been done to death now. They need to give it a rest. the best one of recent years is Pontypool it is an awesome and unusual film. Romeros originals are great, but the newer ones are eh…been there done that. With the exception of all of the Evil Dead films of course.

      43. Corinne Valdez Colan October 7, 2013 at 1:38 am

        Night of The Living Dead ” there coming to get you Barbara”

      44. Fu Man Chu Chu October 7, 2013 at 2:14 am

        actually the very first dead movie is a land mark and pretty much start the whole zombie thing,but it was a pretty cheesy movie,my parents saw it when they were younger in the drive in and said it was one of the scariest movies ever i saw it and was like r u kidding me,lol

      45. Roy Munet October 7, 2013 at 2:19 am

        who hate romero should be hang and shot like asshole they are romero is the best in what he does with zombies now coming out with another one people are going to see it

      46. Kris Lugosi October 7, 2013 at 3:48 am

        Who the hell is hatin on the Father of ZOmbies, The Sultan of Zombies, The King of Zombies?!!?!?

      47. Salvador Díaz October 7, 2013 at 6:34 am

        I can’t believe zombie-haters exist.

      48. Calvin Morie McCarthy October 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

        because people only watch his zombie films. Pick up a copy of “Martin” you fakes!

      49. SkinCarVer Mike October 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        george is a good guy but i think he has gotten a little soft since his time away from the zombie genre between day and land.diary of the dead was the best out of his recent three in terms of writing and dialogue (land uses money as commerce and survival had comical moments and neither seemed right for the material).I will never hate on the man but i still do wish he would find that core in himself that makes scenes like the end dismemberment of day of the dead.It seems nowadays his movies could be more pg and the original trilogy could be r rated

      50. SteveB October 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        I really liked ‘Land’. It was also the perfect pilot for a TV show, but ahead of it’s time. It could’ve been what the ‘The Walking Dead’ became a decade later!

      51. Justin David Slattery October 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        GAR is great. I loved ‘Bruiser’ immediately. It took me time to warm up to ‘Land’, but now it sits highly in my opinion. ‘Martin’ is an under-appreciated gem….ditto for ‘Knight Riders’…..I don’t think I need to preface the original Zombie trilogy, that stuff speaks for itself.
        I honestly think people don’t get (or don’t want to get) his politics…..the dude is almost a political radical and has a way with shining a light on our more egregious behavior. People either lose the subtext (or worse) don’t want to acknowledge it.

      52. Dale Burden October 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        People are so stuck on effects these days they can’t tell a good story when they hear one. Zombieland had a huge budget compared to most anything Romero has ever done and that’s his big draw, telling low budget stories. Land of the Dead is the biggest budget for a zombie movie he ever did and according to him he hated the constraints put on him by the Studio.

      53. Jason Welzin October 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        I don’t hate him, but Diary and Survival were horrible.

      54. Cody Southwind October 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        because they wish they were him!

      55. Jesse Allen October 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        I love all of his movies. Sure, I do like the original “Dead” trilogy more than the newer ones, but the new ones are awesome too. What I would like to see, though, is some new George Romero films that are NOT zombie flicks (he does do them occasionally). Monkey Shines was awesome, I thought Martin was pretty cool, his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Half was decent, and Creepshow is one of my all-time favorite movies in ANY genre. So I would like to see him branch out and do more horror movies like that instead of just focussing on the zombie genre. He did pretty much invent and perfect the zombie genre and he’s pretty much head and shoulders above anyone else when it comes to that niche; but he can make other types of horror movies that are equally as great.

      56. SergioH October 13, 2013 at 4:54 am

        As horror fans, I think it’s important for us to differentiate between hating George Romero and hating the last few movies he’s put out. We know GAR has put his heart and soul into his movies and has given us zombie/horror fans a lot to be thankful for. He’s always been generous to us, his fans. There’s no reason for anyone to be hating him, George, the person.
        Having said that, it’s true his last couple movies haven’t been what we wanted them to be. In my opinion, Land was a good movie, it was a welcome return from George, having been away from the genre for so long (and especially after having his involvement in the Resident Evil movies fall through). Diary was interesting as it went back to “the night it all started”, and although I do like that movie, I cant help but cringe at some of the dialogue. And Survival…was simply a let down for a me. The writing, the acting, the plot…I dont wanna speak for anyone else, but its pretty clear from this thread that a lot of other people were just as disappointed.
        And why were we disappointed? Because we love George. We love his films and that hes so devoted to them and to his fans. That he’s given us the Holy Trinity of zombie films. We’re the people who go out to see midnight showings of his movies. I know I’ll still go see The Zombie Autopsies when it comes out. Do I have high hopes? Not really. Am I expecting another Night/Dawn/Day quality picture? No. But I’ll still be first in line for a ticket.