George A. Romero's zombie movies

Personal DVD collection (plus book)

Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

The night zombie movies as we know them today were born. Inspired by "The Last Man On Earth" (1964), "The Killer Shrews" (1959), and others, "Night of the Living Dead" is the mother of all modern zombie films. George A. Romero was a thinking man, and this is not your average black-and-white horror flick. Audiences at the time expected a popcorn movie with some screamers - and got a dead serious shocker that speaks volumes about society. Or in other words: about us.

Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Night has ended, dawn is here. "Dawn of the Dead" hits you like a punch in the face, and when you realize what's happened you start thinking. To many, it's the best of Romero's zombie films, and rightfully so. It takes everything from "Night...", but scales it up quite a bit, and puts in right there in front of you, in broad daylight.

Day Of The Dead (1985)

Perhaps the most spectacular of Romero's early zombie films, in "Day of the Dead" all hell breaks loose. Humankind on the brink of extinction, it's the most apocalyptic of the first three. "Day of the Dead" probably is the closest to Romero's initial ideas, inspired by gruesome 1950s EC comics, with the zombies looking exceptionally wild, and some outrageously gory scenes.

Night Of The Living Dead (remake 1990, written by G. A. Romero)

An updated remake of the first "Night of the Living Dead", directed by Tom Savini, the guy that created the gory special effects for "Dawn of the Dead". Again, what sets the film apart from your average zombie flick is the clever writing by Romero, which is most apparent in the drastically changed character of Barbara.

Land Of The Dead (2005)

Humankind has survived "Day of the Dead" and learned to live with the threat. But where comfort is, decadence rears its ugly head. Will you be worthy enough to survive? "Land of the Dead" is the only major production in the "...of the Dead" series, featuring Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Simon Baker, and John Leguizamo. With such a cast and production value it looks different to Romero's other zombie movies, but it still carries his handwriting, and is a surprisingly tight tie-in with its 1985 predecessor.

Diary Of The Dead (2007)

Yet another look at how the outbreak began - only about 40 years later. A highly interesting interpretation of the original idea, with strong references to social media and millenial culture, as always Romero's writing puts it miles above many other low- or hi-budget zombie films.

Survival Of The Dead (2009)

Family is stronger than death - at least to some. "Survival..." is Romero's last zombie movie, and by far his least successful. But with its ideas about ignorance and de-enlightenment it might have the same prophetic qualities as "Night..." had about half a century before.

Twilight of the Dead (unknown, written by G. A. Romero)

Possible, unconfirmed. Script by G. A. Romero for a final zombie movie, might get produced.

Update 2023-09-15: We have news about "Twilight of the Dead"!

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