Thursday, June 23, 2005

More Zombies as Social Commentary

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Zombies are George Romero's specialty, and he's about to unleash them for the first time in 20 years. Interview with George Romero:
[...] His zombie sagas, which also include the critically lauded 1979 masterpiece “Dawn of the Dead” (the remake of which was a hit last year), are splatter-happy and sweat-inducing survival dramas, but, as Romero says modestly, he likes “to throw in some observations about what's going on in the world.”

“Night” evoked Vietnam-era bloodshed and, with its black male lead trapped in a farmhouse, echoed civil rights hysteria. “Dawn” poked fun at soul-deadening consumerism. And “Day” addressed ethics in science. With “Land,” Romero tackles issues of safety and boundaries, showing a community fortifying itself against a murderous horde while its wealthiest keep alive class divisions separating them from the powerless.

“It's the folly of saying, 'Everything's OK, don't worry about it,' ” says Romero, who wrote “Land” before the events of Sept. 11. Its focus then was about “ignoring social ills, setting up a synthetic sense of comfort.”

He says he didn't have to tweak it much to reflect new fears of terrorism. When told that it's hard not to think of Iraq watching an armored car of trigger-happy humans roll through a zombiefied suburb shooting anything they see, Romero smiles. “That's one of the things I put in there afterward.” [...]
Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain. You can download or stream it here.

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