Very rarely does a filmmaker go out on top. So rare, in fact, that I cannot think of any instances off the top of my head. But one thing gets established from the very outset of this podcast, the third of a four part series looking at the Living Dead series. George A Romero cannot count himself amongst that core group.
Today, me and my esteemed colleague Mik Duffy look at solid proof of that last paragraph in the forms of two films, 2007’s Diary of the Dead and 2010’s Survival of the Dead. With these two films, Romero made a duo of films obviously done to capitalize on his status as the innovator of the current zombie craze.
After the financial success of 2005’s Land of the Dead, Romero felt he needed a stripped down approach to bring his zombies back to life. The reasons why are explored by both Duffy and I, as for the life of us, we cannot explain what he was thinking.
And don’t even get us started on Survival. But we do it, for the pure entertainment of you people.
This was the most painful part of the retrospective for us, as we are seeing a filmmaker plummet to depths only a buried living deadsman could fathom. So join us, as we explore why it happened, how it happened, and give far too many M Night Shyamalan references.
Diary of the Dead (2007) (?/?, ?/?)
Survival of the Dead (2010) (?/?, ?/?)
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