The great American director George A. Romero, best known for defining the modern genre of all things zombie, has died at the age of 77. We’ll be a little less scared going to the movies now—but, worse, we’ll be a little more certain stepping to the cinema’s darkness that our own world, our society and politics, will no longer be challenged and questioned so astutely.
As Ignatiy Vishnevetsky observed in our review of Romero’s Survival of the Dead (2009):
But of course "us" was always the problem, and the moral of Romero’s zombie films remains: horrific situations are not as dangerous as desperate people, and desperation comes from a need to either regain or establish order. Meaning: the rules that give people a sense of security are the same ones that will destroy them. Meaning: the only inevitable factor is that society, as it exists, sets humanity up to fail.