George A. Romero (1940–2017)
Born: February 4, 1940 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 16, 2017 (age 77)
My zombie films have been so far apart that I’ve been able to reflect the socio-political climates of the different decades. I have this conceit that they’re a little bit of a chronicle, a cinematic diary of what’s going on.
I’ll never live long enough to arrive at some sort of peaceful co-existence of some kind. That’s probably the only way you could end it on a note of promise, which would mean the zombies would learn how to eat Spam or chicken livers, instead of your liver. But I’ll never get to that point.
Yeah, I’m seen by the studios as a genre guy. I’ve made several non-genre films, but nobody went to see them. I guess I’ll never be a member of that club.
I’ll never get sick of zombies. I just get sick of producers.
Just because I’m showing somebody being disemboweled doesn’t mean I have to get heavy and put a message round it.
I don’t try to answer any questions or preach. My personality and my opinions come through in the satire of the films, but I think of them as a snapshot of the time. I have this device, or conceit, where something happens in the world and I can say, ‘Ooo, I’ll talk about that, and I can throw zombies in it! And get it made!’ You know, it’s kind of my ticket to ride.
I guess in my pictures you’re either doomed or you’ve got yourself a hell of a job.
I don’t think you need to spend $40 million to be creepy. The best horror films are the ones that are much less endowed.