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It took 20 years for Romero to decide on a new zombie film.  In this film?  Set well after the zombie apocalypse, we are introduced to a small city that has grown, fortified against the dead.  The culture is divided between the haves and the have-nots.  Those with riches live in comfort in a high-rise apartment complex.  Everyone else lives alone, where life is a day to day struggle. In this world,… Read More

Day of the Dead begins with the films heroes landing a helicopter at the edge of a city. They are calling out as the camera explores a desolate empty world seemingly only occupied by animals.  But then we see a shadow and the camera pans up to the mutilated face of a zombie. Day of the Dead shows us a world over run by zombies.  There are few members of the living. … Read More

It took about ten years for Romero to find something new to explore with zombies.  It was the Dawn of the Shopping Mall, with large insular buildings housing a variety of stores.  At the time, this encapsulated the concerns of modern life and consumerism.  George Romero looked at the shopping mall and thought “What a terrifying place!” The film opens amidst a frenzied newsroom trying to make sense of what is happening. … Read More

1968 was a time of real social upheaval in the United States of America.  Out of this turmoil was born a tale of people desperate to survive in a situation they cannot hope to make sense of. George Romero and his friend John Russo put together a film that would challenge the norms of film-making in America.  Horror monsters had always been distinct creatures.  Vampires, werewolves and so on.  But Night of… Read More