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(SlashFilm)   George Romero says he won't direct or write an episode of The Walking Dead because it focuses too much on humanity, the collapse of society, and character development and not enough on zombies   (slashfilm.com) divider line 70
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2013-11-14 08:36:11 PM  
Who?  WTF does this noob know about zombies??
 
2013-11-14 08:37:23 PM  
Yeah, if I was only good at one thing and then somebody else started doing that thing but was way more successful at it, I guess I'd be butthurt, too.

Not that TWD is all that great, but Romero's movies weren't really that great either.
 
2013-11-14 08:41:21 PM  
After the last couple Of The Dead movies, good.  I still love the original trilogy but his recent zombie work has gone from mediocre to farcical.
 
2013-11-14 08:50:05 PM  
Did someone even ask him to? Dream on, you old fart. Most popular show on tv vs. your one trick pony act. fark. You.
 
2013-11-14 08:52:33 PM  
He kind of had a point in the seventies and eighties, about the homogenization of culture brought on by the strip-mall mentality and the loss of individuality that results. He also had a point about how trying to shoot your way out of every problem just results in disaster, and that one asshole can tear the whole thing apart in a matter of minutes.

What the fark is he trying to say now? Zombie gas station? What?!
 
2013-11-14 08:53:41 PM  
Walking Dead's Flu = Daenarys' Sim City

Valid concerns in the real world, sure.

Boring as hell on the screen, though.
 
2013-11-14 08:54:00 PM  
Amen.
 
2013-11-14 08:54:43 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Did someone even ask him to? Dream on, you old fart. Most popular show on tv vs. your one trick pony act. fark. You.


The Walking Dead is boring. In their time, the Romero films were groundbreaking. It's just another example of the 'Phantom Menace Effect' that's turned him into an embarrassment to film over the last eight years.
 
2013-11-14 08:56:17 PM  
Dude has got a point. The last zombie horror I cared for was Shaun of the Dead. It captured the playful elements of the subject while offering an entertaining premise.
 
2013-11-14 08:57:57 PM  
Het Failmitter, maybe read some of the comic books. If you did you might realize that is what it is about.
 
2013-11-14 09:07:06 PM  
i prefer dan o' bannon version of zombies

/ you got zombie midgets Link plus tarman man was pretty sweet effects for the eighties.
 
2013-11-14 09:08:17 PM  
 
2013-11-14 09:25:10 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Dream on, you old fart. Most popular show on tv vs. your one trick pony act. fark. You.


Yeah it's not like he single-handily invented the genre or anything...
 
2013-11-14 09:25:22 PM  
return of the living dead part 3 was pretty good. Mindy Clarke acted the fark out of that movie.
 
2013-11-14 09:28:20 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: After the last couple Of The Dead movies, good.  I still love the original trilogy but his recent zombie work has gone from mediocre to farcical.


So much THIS.
They were like watching a fan film put on Youtube.
Just awful.
 
2013-11-14 09:36:25 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Did someone even ask him to? Dream on, you old fart. Most popular show on tv vs. your one trick pony act. fark. You.


Um, that show *is* Romero's "one-trick-pony act."
 
2013-11-14 09:38:07 PM  

Kaybeck: Yeah it's not like he single-handily invented the genre or anything...


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2013-11-14 09:44:31 PM  
Once they bleed out of pop culture I'll be able to go back and do them again. I don't want to touch them now. Gosh, they are all over the place. The Walking Dead is the number one television series in the States, World War Z, games, commercials... Ugh! It's too much!

So he is a Zombie hipster?
 
2013-11-14 09:52:35 PM  

LandOfChocolate: Once they bleed out of pop culture I'll be able to go back and do them again. I don't want to touch them now. Gosh, they are all over the place. The Walking Dead is the number one television series in the States, World War Z, games, commercials... Ugh! It's too much!

So he is a Zombie hipster?


I was a fan before they were even dead.
 
2013-11-14 09:52:46 PM  
LandOfChocolate:  Zombie hipster?
 
2013-11-14 09:53:44 PM  

Kaybeck: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Dream on, you old fart. Most popular show on tv vs. your one trick pony act. fark. You.

Yeah it's not like he single-handily invented the genre or anything...


These are not mutually exclusive arguments.
 
2013-11-14 09:57:59 PM  

Zombie DJ: Lumbar Puncture: After the last couple Of The Dead movies, good.  I still love the original trilogy but his recent zombie work has gone from mediocre to farcical.

So much THIS.
They were like watching a fan film put on Youtube.
Just awful.


Ya.  It's pretty bad when the Dawn of the Dead remake was better than the last three movies he's done.
 
2013-11-14 10:05:50 PM  
He's right on some level though.

TWD is a soap opera that has a zombie backdrop more than a "zombie feature".

George has used the zombies to discuss big picture issues. (racism, sexism, corporatism..)
TWD is much more tightly focused on the interpersonal relationships of that group.

They both can be good, but they are separate entities. WWZ is closer to Romero in it's social issue parallels.
 
2013-11-14 10:06:27 PM  
The trouble with both of these lines of thinking from what Romero presumes Walking Dead is doing and what he himself wants to do with zombies is that both are at best banal observations on society that are best left to reasonably bright high school dope smokers.
 
2013-11-14 10:08:45 PM  

Doc Batarang: The trouble with both of these lines of thinking from what Romero presumes Walking Dead is doing and what he himself wants to do with zombies is that both are at best banal observations on society that are best left to reasonably bright high school dope smokers.


Banal now, yeah.

Think of them in the context of their times. George was making a brave statement. I think it's a good thing that society has advanced enough to had made his work seem quaint.
 
2013-11-14 10:33:45 PM  
Reeeeeeeee..........peat
 
2013-11-14 10:40:01 PM  

Zygar: Reeeeeeeee..........peat


I guess you could say this story...rose from the dead!
 
2013-11-14 10:40:09 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Did someone even ask him to? Dream on, you old fart. Most popular show on tv vs. your one trick pony act. fark. You.


Evidently, yes, they did ask him.
 
2013-11-14 10:40:32 PM  
Romero doesn't do drama very well.  I think his most dramatic movie was "Martin" and that was a very long time ago and not too good.
Yeah, having zombies locked in a barn by a group of people that think they can still save them is too slow on "The Walking Dead" but EXACTLY what happens in "Survival of the Dead".
Still, he should do one for the fans of his, the show, and the genre.  Imagine the ratings, AMC!
 
2013-11-14 11:01:45 PM  
"Basically it's just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally."

If you keep a loose definition of 'zombie' from this statement, it pretty much describes all of television.
 
2013-11-14 11:52:23 PM  
Zombies are a joke. The drama is the only feasible part of any zombie flick.

/That and gore.
 
2013-11-15 12:18:02 AM  
I was bored by WWZ.  That is all.
 
2013-11-15 12:26:12 AM  

blacksharpiemarker: Dude has got a point. The last zombie horror I cared for was Shaun of the Dead. It captured the playful elements of the subject while offering an entertaining premise.


You should check out Juan of the Dead, Doghouse, and if you haven't seen it, Zombieland.  Those were all fun takes on the zombie theme.  Pontypool isn't playful but that's a good one.  Dead Snow is playful, but I didn't dig that one as much.  The Signal is good but it's super dark comedy.  Tokyo Zombie is quirky but enjoyable.  Fido is fantastic.

There are good zombie movies being made still, but Romero just isn't behind any of them.

I haven't seen much of the show, but I read most of TWD trades and it just felt pointless.  I was rooting for the zombies.
 
2013-11-15 12:29:58 AM  
If Romero does another zombie flick, I hope it revisits the "no more room in Hell" motif, instead of this supervirus crap we've been inundated with in the new century. I'm all about a somewhat-believable premise but that dead horse has been well tenderized.
 
2013-11-15 12:55:05 AM  
I would really like to see a Zombie movie from the perspective of how the military would handle it. It would be really interesting to see how the military would handle the issue at first, and then how the ranks breakdown once they realize that the dead and near dead that they let behind brought behind their lines are turning and attacking them.
 
2013-11-15 12:57:19 AM  
He kind of has a point... Not a strong point, but a position not nonetheless. I'm behind on the show thanks to a dead DR in the middle of last fall's season, but that farming sitting at the farmhouse crap got real old...
 
2013-11-15 01:08:24 AM  

LandOfChocolate: Once they bleed out of pop culture I'll be able to go back and do them again. I don't want to touch them now. Gosh, they are all over the place. The Walking Dead is the number one television series in the States, World War Z, games, commercials... Ugh! It's too much!

So he is a Zombie hipster?


He liked zombies before zombies were cool.
 
2013-11-15 02:44:08 AM  

Lumbar Puncture: his recent zombie work has gone from mediocre to farcical.


Have you even seen Dawn of the Dead? Zombie/Biker pie fight.
 
2013-11-15 06:46:06 AM  

I Like Bread: If Romero does another zombie flick, I hope it revisits the "no more room in Hell" motif, instead of this supervirus crap we've been inundated with in the new century. I'm all about a somewhat-believable premise but that dead horse has been well tenderized.


All his flicks were "no more room in hell". No virus in sight. Didn't stop the last three from sucking gigantic balls though. I want to see Romero do ANYTHING besides zombies. He's got some good stuff left in him, but zombies ain't it.
 
2013-11-15 06:54:00 AM  
Romero needs to get over himself and fanboys need to accept the fact that Romero is a hack that hasn't done done anything original or noteworthy in decades. Even then he stole the idea for NOTLD from Richard Matheson.
 
2013-11-15 07:28:30 AM  
I'm not sure if George has seen "NIght of the Living Dead" because it's pretty much ONLY humanity, the collapse of society, and character development.  There are a handful of zombies outside the house but they're certainly not the focus!

Wait, is this a joke?
 
2013-11-15 08:00:38 AM  

karmaceutical: Who?  WTF does this noob know about zombies??


Given the quality of the last few zombie films he made, not much any more.
 
2013-11-15 08:03:01 AM  

omnibus_necanda_sunt: return of the living dead part 3 was pretty good. Mindy Clarke acted the fark out of that movie.


I keep hearing that; I need to check it out.
 
2013-11-15 08:28:09 AM  
Virtual Pariah:

George has used the zombies to discuss big picture issues. (racism, sexism, corporatism..)
TWD is much more tightly focused on the interpersonal relationships of that group.


And he did it with all the creativity and subtlety of a communinty college student film maker.
 
2013-11-15 08:47:42 AM  
The show can't keep focusing on zombies, that's ridiculous.  The TV show has begun to suck because there's only so much creative license you can take to make mindless slow moving enemies with no weapons and poor motor skills threatening. In real life we'd be more threatened by one rabid chimpanzee than by a hundred zombies.

To keep the focus on the zombies you have to force the characters to make ridiculously poor decisions over and over or introduce various other
deux es machinae to make zombies a real threat.

The focus of the show has to shift to the characters interacting with realistic threats, like the flu or other humans.
 
2013-11-15 09:07:36 AM  
The comic doesn't deal with zombies much. It goes issues at a time without even incorporating them into the story.

Fanboys want TWD to be an outlet for them to indulge their zombie survivalist wet dreams, most normal people couldn't care less about that. It's got a nice balance between human stories, action and horror. That's why it's attracted a good cross section of viewers. If it was just blood and gore it would only be watched by obese losers jerking off to it in their parents basements.

Romero is just pissed because more people have watched TWD than all of his piece of shiate movies put together.
 
2013-11-15 09:51:45 AM  
This just in: zombies are boring. They do one thing, and one thing only -- look for something to eat. What's interesting about the zombie genre isn't what the zombies do, it's what the remaining humans do.

Romero knew that once. Now he's just jealous because  Walking Dead is far more popular and lauded than anything he ever did.
 
2013-11-15 10:52:32 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: omnibus_necanda_sunt: return of the living dead part 3 was pretty good. Mindy Clarke acted the fark out of that movie.

I keep hearing that; I need to check it out.


honestly if you haven't seen it by now, there really isn't much point.  The ONLY really good thing about the film IS Mindy's performance (she is EXCELLENT), but the rest of the movie is pretty much 80's bullcrap - poorly acted, no real drama, mostly poor effects (Mindy is pretty much the only zombie in the film other than a few here and there at the end and one at the beginning of the film).  Also, finding the uncut version is like pulling hen's teeth - almost impossible.  I personally have a copy that I bought on VHS long ago and transferred to digital, but most of the DVD's of the film are cut.

Anyway. Return of the Living Dead (the original) is a better film and holds up better to repeat viewings.  ROTLD 2 is like Evil Dead 2 - more a remake of the original and not so much a sequel - totally skippable, and ROTLD 3 is only good for Mindy's performance.
 
2013-11-15 11:36:50 AM  
What the hell is a zombie?  Do you guys mean "Walkers"?
 
2013-11-15 11:58:07 AM  
Good. George Romero is a hack.
 
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