The undead live on through George Romero

Mon May 24, 2010 1:34am EDT
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By Martin A. Grove

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The nice thing about summer moviegoing is there's no need to apologize for enjoying escapist entertainment.

Moviegoers will be turning up, for instance, for the guilty pleasure of watching George A. Romero's new zombie slaughter fest "Survival of the Dead," opening Friday in New York and L.A. via Magnolia Pictures.

It's Romero's sixth zombie film since he redefined the horror genre in 1968 with "Night of the Living Dead." While it might be hard to find moviegoers willing to admit a passion for the undead, Romero's success with "Dawn of the Dead" (1979), "Day of the Dead" (1985), "Land of the Dead" (2005) and "Diary of the Dead" (2007) certainly suggests somebody's been buying tickets.

"When we made the first one I never thought I'd still be around doing these, but that's the way it goes," Romero said.

Although Romero's regarded as the father of zombie movies, he never used the term in "Night."

"I called them 'flesh eaters' or 'ghouls,'" he recalled.

So who came up with the name zombies? "I think the French did," he replied, adding he believes the magazine Cahiers du Cinema was the first to refer to them as zombies.

In any case, by the time Romero made "Dawn of the Dead," the word zombies had caught on and that's what he called them.   Continued...