So, my friend Jayson Densman sends me a cryptic mail that says: "Who is The King of Zombies?"
Being a windbag, I reply:
"Do you mean: who's the King of Zombie Film-making?
"Well, for sheer utter consistency and brilliance and duty to gore-making and creating endless new zombie-fuelled narative subtexts...
"It has to be George Romero !!!"
So, Jay mails me back and says "That's the correct answer!"
And he sends me this:
At this point, I fall off my chair.
Mr. George Romero is The King. King of the Zombies.
He's the fucking Gov'nor.
I can still remember seeing "Night of The Living Dead" at a comic-con in the mid-70s like it was yesterday. I can remember exactly where I was when I saw all his Zombie flicks. And "The Crazies" too; I loove "The Crazies". There's not many films you can say that about; that they leave an indelible mark on your mind, stay with you down thru the years.
Being a director himself, Jayson kept all of George R's fluff-takes lol. He said: "I woulda got you Carpenter too, but the queue was too long" lol.
George might be the King of Zombies, but Jayson is the King of The Dudes.