Let's get one thing straight: George A. Romero isn't particularly thrilled with the zombie renaissance in general.
“I don't get it,” he responded when asked during a Q&A at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. “I honestly don't. First of all, I'm a little pissed off because I used to be the only guy and now everybody's in my playground.”
Often called the “godfather (sometimes grandfather) of the zombies,” the director ushered in not only the modern zombie film but the modern horror film with his 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead,” which he followed up with five sequels (and counting?). So what does he think of all the movies (and TV show[s]) he influenced with his low-budget B&W masterpiece?
With Romero's recent lambasting of AMC's “The Walking Dead” and the Brad Pitt vehicle “World War Z” making making the rounds, we thought it was time to collect his opinions on a number of other undead flicks of recent years, from “Resident Evil” to Zack Snyder's high-octane “Dawn of the Dead” remake. (Note: “28 Days Later” may seem like a glaring omission, but as far as I can tell his opinion on the film hasn't gotten much past “Zombies shouldn't be fast!” If I come across his opinions on more movies, I will update the list accordingly.)
Let's not stall on this any longer:
“Resident Evil” (2002)
“I wrote a screenplay for the first 'Resident Evil' film. We thought it was a shoo-in. I though Capcom loved it, everybody loved the script. But the guy that runs [film production company] Constantin, it just wasn”t the way he wanted to go. I don”t think he knew anything about video games, or anything else. This is the guy that made 'House of the Spirits' and 'Das Boot' and I don”t think he knew the spirit of the video game was meant to be. Frankly, and of course I have an axe to grind there, but I really didn”t like the movies.” – November 2012 interview with The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse
“Dawn of the Dead” remake (2004)
“Q: You”ve said somewhere that you felt Zack Snyder”s 'Dawn of the Dead' remake was a bit like a video game in itself?