It's no wonder that legendary film director George A. Romero was nicknamed the Grandfather of the zombie movie, considering that he practically invented the genre. Romero created some of the most seminal zombie films of all-time including Night of the Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead and The Crazies, just to name a few. After taking a break from making zombie films, Romero returned to the genre in 2005 with George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, which is the highest budgeted and highest grossing film of his career to date. Following that picture, the director decided to go back to his roots and in 2007 made the low-budget film Diary of the Dead. While it was his fifth zombie movie, Romero has previously stated that it was not a continuation of his "Dead" series of films and in fact should serve as the jumping off point for an entire new series of zombie movies. That new series continues with the new film George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, which opens on May 28th. We recently had a chance to sit down with George A. Romero and the legendary filmmaker spoke candidly with us about his new film, his legacy, Hollywood remakes of his previous work and his opinion of the current state of zombie movies. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.
Like its predecessor, Diary of the Dead, George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead takes place in a desperate, nightmarish world where the dead walk the earth, relentlessly attacking the living. Off the coast of Delaware sits the cozy Plum Island where two families are locked in a struggle for power, as it has been for generations. Patrick O'Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) is the patriarch of the O'Flynn family and they approach the zombie plague with a shoot-to-kill attitude. The Muldoons, headed by Shamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick), feel that the zombies should be quarantined and kept alive in hopes that a solution will someday be found. The O'Flynns, who are clearly outnumbered, are forced to exile Patrick by boat to the mainland where he meets up with a band of soldiers, headed by Sarge "Nicotine" Crockett (Alan Van Sprang). They join forces and return to the island to find that the zombie plague has fully gripped the divided community. As the battle between humans and zombies escalates, the master filmmaker continues to reinvent the modern horror genre with wicked humor and pointed social commentary.