What can be said about George A. Romero that hasn't already been said? He's the father of the zombie, and created the most impacting franchise in the horror genre history. If it wasn't for this adorable old man in the thick, black glasses, half of the horror films to come out since 1960 wouldn't exist. He may be praised and cited as one of the most influential horror figures of all time, and lately he's been the subject of harsh and what I feel, unnecessary criticism.
Alright, so we can all admit that Survival of the Dead and Diary of the Dead aren't universally accepted to be the best films. Fair enough. I'll even bite the bullet and admit that Land of the Dead and even Day of the Dead have both come under speculation for being less than stellar films. However, why should these films be the reasons that he hangs up the hat? He's the director, yes, but what people need to realize is that there is so much more that goes into a film other than the choices of the director.
Think of it like the court systems. George A. Romero is the Supreme court and Actors are a parking ticket. Do you send the problem with the parking ticket to the Supreme court? Hell no, you complain about the casting director aka the traffic court! Alright that was a stretch, but it works. Anyway, a lot of the problems people have with his movies, have nothing to do with him. Day of the Dead was probably the last zombie movie that was totally of his vision. After that, the big studios got involved. While he oversees it, film makers have to sort of obey what the studios want. Why? THEY PAY THE BILLS. Does George A. Romero have a lot of money? Honestly, not really. NOTLD is a public domain film and I highly doubt he gets royalties from every zombie movie made inspired by him. He doesn't have the money to make a film off his own merit, so he has to do what the studios want. If they want a big budget explosion and CGI vomit out of a mutant zombie without an arm...he has to give them a big budget explosion and CGI vomit out of a mutant zombie without an arm. For some reason, people also like to complain about the social commentary. Have we really become a society where we can't watch a zombie movie with hidden meaning about how much we all suck? We must be, considering how many people complain that they just want to see zombies munching. So we complain and complain about how the zombie movies have fallen behind and that he should just move onto a different project.So he does, and what happens? He's ostracized and told to go back to what he's good at. Wait a minute, I thought we just said he was losing his touch at zombie films? If he stops making zombie films, he's told to get back to what he does best, and when he does go back to the very genre he established, people complain and whine this he's lost his touch. Cut him a friggen' break! No one likes to see Romero zombies being "smart" and using guns, but if he put out a film with the same gore level as NOTLD, people would call it weak. Thanks to films like Hostel and Saw, Romero HAS to add insane amounts of unnecessary gore in order to even keep audiences interested. He just can't win.Whether or not he's lost his touch is irrelevant to me. He's the man who started it all for most of today's horror films, and he deserves the utmost respect. Let's be honest, where else can you really go once you've made two seemingly perfect zombie films in a row?