It’s been almost 50 years since George A. Romero helped cement zombies in the minds of entertainment viewers and we can thank him for the craze we are enduring today. Zombie has officially replaced vampires as the most commonly known horror character and that has a lot to do with Romero’s breakthrough film Night of the Living Dead.
But while Romero is the godfather of the zombie genre, one thing he’s not too fond of is the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, something he called a soap opera that occasionally as zombies in it. Romero made his comments when talking to The Big Issue on Halloween.
“They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Romero told The Big Issue. “Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”
That’s a pretty aggressive slam by someone pretty well respected in the horror world, but it’s not like Romero’s words are going to turn anyone off to The Walking Dead. The show is currently a ratings monster for AMC and is one of it’s two flagship shows now that Breaking Bad has gone off the air.
Still, Romero isn’t one of those fans and you can probably bet that he’s watching something else on Sunday nights.