âI think that was largely what made the film noticeable,â he said.
Mr. Romero went on to add installments to the âDeadâ series, including âDawn of the Deadâ (1979) and âDay of the Deadâ (1985). The film critic Roger Ebert called âDawn of the Deadâ âone of the best horror films ever made.ââ
Mr. Romeroâs âLand of the Deadâ in 2005 was his largest-budget studio-backed film, and became one of his biggest box-office successes.
Mr. Romero returned to independent filmmaking with âDiary of the Deadâ (2008), and he described it as one that âcomes from my heart.â
âItâs not a sequel or a remake. Itâs a whole new beginning for the dead,â Mr. Romero said, according to a biography provided by Peter Grunwald, a film producer who worked on several of Mr. Romeroâs movies.
âI have a soft spot in my heart for the zombies,â he told NPR. âThey are multipurpose, you canât really get angry at them, they have no hidden agendas, they are what they are. I sympathize with them.â
Most recently, Mr. Romero tried his hand at comic books, creating âThe Empire of the Deadâ series starting in 2014, published by Marvel, which combines zombies and vampires.
âIâm dabbling a little bit, mixing genres and metaphors,â he said, adding that he likes to incorporate political satire in his works, and that it is a bigger part of the comic.
About adding vampires to his repertoire, Mr. Romero said that he has always seen them as quite villainous.
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