George Romero Says 'The Walking Dead' and 'World War Z' Ruined the Zombie Movie
The zombie apocalypse is a fascination that modern audiences have seemingly not worn down on just yet, and despite its small screen success, films like World War Z have shown they can still be winners on the big screen.
And yet, George A. Romero sees it as damaging to smaller zombie films, like the ones he's done (like the famously claustrophobic Night of the Living Dead). Romero states that "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."
He's not wrong, and the zombie concept has been whittled down to imagery that solely exists to paint humans as a counter to them, or to signify a world in which people allowed civilities to no longer exist. Whereas Romero found a way to represent some genuine meaning through his own zombie tales.