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One of the few times I changed from a journalist into a fangirl was when I talked to George A. Romero, born this day in 1940. This was, after all, the man who changed how people thought of monster movies in general, and zombies in particular, single-handedly taking a niche creature and turning it into a barometer of the zeitgeist. The film we spoke about was 2010’s SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, but even the limited time I had with him, there was no way I was not going to ask Mr. Romero about his early days of bringing the undead to life. Specifically the props he used for the gore. Let’s just say there was a reason they looked so authentic.
Courtly, warm, and with a wonderful glint in his eye, Romero was everything I hoped he would be. If he could tell I was a starry-eyed fangirl, he was nice enough to not let on.
Click here to listen to the interview (9:33) SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD — George A. Romero talks about his latest zombie flick..