George Romero

Oct. 24, 2012 | 12:20 p.m.

George Romero: Walk of Fame star for zombie godfather?

George Romero in Los Angeles in 2010. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
The Village People have one. Lassie has one, and she’s a fictional dog. Mickey Mouse has one, and he’s an animated mouse. Mary-Kate and Ashley have one, and they’re … well, Mary-Kate and Ashley. Kim Kardashian thinks she deserves one. And more than 2,400 other people have them, most of whom you’ve never heard of. But do you know who doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? George Romero. Now, a group of dedicated zombie lovers is trying to change that, launching a campaign to land George A. Romero, director of the landmark 1968 horror film “Night of the Living Dead,” its 1978 follow-up “Dawn of the Dead” and a long list of other horror films, his own star on the Walk of Fame. “It is the rare director who changes the face of an entire genre […]
April 30, 2012 | 8:58 a.m.

‘Dead’ heads: Zack Snyder, Robert Kirkman lead L.A. zombie summit

"The Walking Dead" (AMC)
2012 HERO COMPLEX FILM FESTIVAL The zombie business isn’t for the meek. Just ask Zack Snyder, who ran in the face of genre tradition with his daring “Dawn of the Dead” remake, or Robert Kirkman, who shattered core assumptions about marketplace and medium with “The Walking Dead,” which began as a comic book epic (the Image Comics series is now closing in on its 100th issue) and found second life on television (last month’s second-season finale drew 9 million viewers, making it the most-watched basic cable drama telecast in history). Snyder and Kirkman will take the stage together on May 18 at the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival to discuss, celebrate and debate zombies and a horror subgenre that seems to possess an undying appeal. The pair also will share their Hollywood survival tales and share tidbits about their upcoming projects — including Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” which arrives in theaters next […]
Sept. 02, 2010 | 12:33 p.m.

George Romero meets Gene Roddenberry in ‘Night of the Living Trekkies’

Trekkie zombies
For “Night of the Living Trekkies” authors Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall, the worlds of Gene Roddenberry and George A. Romero were a match made in Omicron Ceti III. The new sci-fi zombie adventure novel from Quirk Books — the publisher responsible for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — tells the story of a disillusioned Afghanistan veteran turned hotel manager who leads a ragtag crew of Trek convention attendees in a battle against hordes of undead Klingons and Ferengi. Hero Complex contributor Noelene Clark caught up with the authors, whose book just hit shelves. NC: How did you come up with the idea to merge these two very different genres? KA: I love the zombie genre — it’s one of my favorite horror subgenres — but I never really wanted to write anything in that genre other than a […]
Oct. 07, 2008 | 2:44 p.m.

Greg Nicotero talks about the masters of movie mayhem and ‘malicious hysteria’

Hero Complex brought you an exclusive, in-depth piece yesterday on the future of Stan Winston Effects, the storied special-effects house founded by the late, great wizard of Hollywood. Now Gina McIntyre, who writes about horror for the H.C., brings us a chat with Greg Nicotero, another master of movie mayhem and the executive producer of a new documentary about the artistry of horror that airs tonight on Starz. If your DVD library contains multiple copies of the “Evil Dead” films, this one’s for you. The documentary “Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh” features interviews with the makeup artists responsible for creating some of the most gruesome moments in horror cinema: Dick Smith, Tom Savini, Rick Baker, Rob Bottin and Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero of KNB EFX, the Van Nuys-based shop that, during its 20 years in business, has amassed a lengthy […]
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