Zombies have certainly taken over pop culture, the living dead are appearing on popular TV shows and movies. With AMC’s The Walking Dead dominating ratings and World War Z becoming a hit at the box office, it doesn’t appear that this trend is going to die down anytime soon.
George Romero (Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead) was recently talking about these new trends and how it’s moving away from the original zombie horror roots. Romero even called out a few properties in particular that have caused this decline in the genre, in his opinion. The main offenders being Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead.
“Because of World War Z and The Walking Dead, I can’t pitch a modest little zombie film, which is meant to be socio-political…The moment you mention the word zombie, it’s got to be, ‘hey, Brad Pitt paid $400 million to do that’ … It had to be a zombie film with just zombies wreaking havoc. That’s not what I’m about.”
Romero has released three zombie-focused films since 2000; Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. None of which have caught on at the box office or with mainstream audiences.
Do you think that shows like The Walking Dead or movies like World War Z are changing the zombie genre? Do you agree with Romero or are you more interested in seeing what Negan does next week on The Walking Dead? Comment below and let’s chat!
Read Heroic Hollywood’s recap of The Walking Dead here.
‘The Walking Dead’ airs on AMC Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.