The film that launched the undying zombie hordes remains a terrifying, socially conscious classic a half-century after its release.
Frequently dubbed "zombie king" or "the knight of the living dead", George A Romero was also a prophet of Hollywood's doom. "Hollywood is dead," Romero told the Filmmakers Newsletter Magazine in 1972, in an interview posthumously published. What the father of the modern zombie meant, was that Hollywood was being taken over by an army of flesh-eating ghouls who would eventually destroy the film industry.
The godfather of the modern zombie movie will co-write and produce new movie, featuring... zombie race car drivers?!
Despite his legendary status as the creator of the zombie movie, writer-director George A Romero says he has been unable to secure funding for any new movies today. Romero’s original ‘Dead’ trilogy - groundbreaking 1968 horror ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ its equally influential 1979 sequel ‘Dawn of the Dead,’ and 1985’s marginally less revered but still hugely impressive third film ‘Day of the Dead’ – are universally acknowledged as the cornerstones of the zombie genre, without which the likes of ‘World War Z’ and TV’s ‘The Walking Dead’ would not exist.
Word has gotten out that filmmaker George A Romero has found a long-since lost 16mm work print of his classic 1968 movie ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ which boasts 9 minutes of previously unseen footage. Romero broke the news at US horror convention Monster Mania, which subsequently was announced online via the forum at Blu-Ray.com. It has also been claimed on another forum that Martin Scorcese is overlooking a restoration of Romero’s movie, including this lost footage, for a Blu-ray release, although there doesn’t seem to be anything to verify this at present.