George A. Romero knows what scares you. He also knows what your insides look like, and since 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, he’s been putting both on display in what’s now an epic six film zombie series.
The first three films in the hexalogy, widely regarded as classics of the horror genre, were released over the course of nearly twenty years. But the new millennium has already seen three additional entries, 2005’s Land of the Dead, 2007’s Diary of the Dead, and the upcoming Survival of the Dead, a sort of zombie western that takes place on a blood-soaked Delaware island.
But despite the often graphic violence, Romero’s work is always rich with subtext, commenting on everything from consumerism to the military-industrial complex. I had the opportunity to sit down with the affable director to talk zombies, allegories, and how to waste a day exploding a head. Listen below, and be sure to read my review of the film here.