Top Quotes from George A. Romero

For a Catholic kid in parochial school, the only way to survive the beatings – by classmates, not the nuns – was to be the funny guy.

George A. Romero

One thing about a film production is that it must run efficiently; there is no room for dead wood. So somebody that hangs around by the coffee wagon won’t get hired again, but somebody who is dedicated and works hard and really puts out will get noticed by the people that matter around there and will get asked to come back again.

George A. Romero

Some directors work from day to day. I work from moment to moment.

George A. Romero

My stuff is my stuff. I do it for my own reasons, using my own peculiar set of guidelines.

George A. Romero

I remember when John Cameron Swayze over the television told me personally that the Russians now had the atomic bomb; then I knew that we were goners.

George A. Romero

Horror films are the anchovies of the cinema. Either you like them, or you don’t.

George A. Romero

As movie monsters go, zombies are the most human. They were human at one time. So we are confronted with ourselves in a way, which is much more frightening and disturbing.

George A. Romero

Nursery rhymes were political when they were first written! To me, that’s what it’s about: it’s about using it to say something more than just what the story is.

George A. Romero

If I fail, the film industry writes me off as another statistic. If I succeed, they pay me a million bucks to fly out to Hollywood and fart.

George A. Romero

The horror films that I’ve made have been satirical in one way or another or political, and I really think that’s the purpose of horror. I don’t see that happening very often.

George A. Romero

A zombie film is not fun without a bunch of stupid people running around and observing how they fail to handle the situation.

George A. Romero

I expect a zombie to show up on ‘Sesame Street’ soon, teaching kids to count.

George A. Romero

I’m like my zombies. I won’t stay dead!

George A. Romero

The hardest thing when you’re making a zombie movie is, ‘How am I going to kill these zombies? I need a clever way to knock these guys off.’

George A. Romero

If I go to a movie and it’s particularly violent, and people are leaving the theatre ready to vomit, we’re sitting there with our popcorn just chuckling.

George A. Romero

People called ’28 Days’ and ’28 Weeks’ zombie movies, and they’re not! It’s some sort of virus; they’re not dead.

George A. Romero

Nothing’s ever real until it’s real.

George A. Romero

I have a soft spot in my heart for the zombies.

George A. Romero

For me, tribalism and religion are basically the big reasons we’re in trouble. Patriotism, tribalism, and religion.

George A. Romero

I always thought of the zombies as being about revolution, one generation consuming the next.

George A. Romero

On the other side of that coin, and far outweighing it, is the fact that I’ve been able to use genre of Fantasy/Horror and express my opinion, talk a little about society, do a little bit of satire and that’s been great, man. A lot of people don’t have that platform.

George A. Romero

Zombies to me don’t represent anything in particular. They are a global disaster that people don’t know how to deal with.

George A. Romero

There is something about the sameness people like. And what I’ve tried to do with all the zombie films is purposely make them different. That may be part of why it takes so long for people to see what it’s intended to be.

George A. Romero

I like to use horror as allegory.

George A. Romero

I’ve made six zombie films; I’ve tried consciously to make each one different from the next.

George A. Romero

A lot of my friends are people who do horror films: Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Stephen King.

George A. Romero

I have a very quiet life. There’s nothing weird.

George A. Romero

My film collection is all oldies.

George A. Romero

I want ‘Dawn’ to play like a cowboys and Indians movie.

George A. Romero

My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly. I’m pointing the finger at us, not at the zombies. I try to respect and sympathize with the zombies as much as possible.

George A. Romero

I don’t think you need to spend $40 million to be creepy. The best horror films are the ones that are much less endowed.

George A. Romero

I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us. Zombies are the blue-collar monsters.

George A. Romero

I keep a little notebook of things that I can do to the zombies that might be silly and fun.

George A. Romero

I like guys who are understandable and good guys who are flawed.

George A. Romero

I’ll never get sick of zombies. I just get sick of producers.

George A. Romero

I sympathize with the zombies and am not even sure they are villains. To me they are this earth-changing thing. God or the devil changed the rules, and dead people are not staying dead.

George A. Romero

I grew up on EC comic books and ‘Tales From the Crypt,’ which were all loaded with humor, bad jokes, and puns. I can have that kind of fun and make these comic book movies but, at the same time, talk about things I want to talk about – whether it’s consumerism or the Bush administration or war.

George A. Romero

With ‘Dawn,’ I wanted the slick look; I wanted to bring out the nature of the shopping center, the retail displays, the mannequins. There are times when maybe you reflect that the mannequins are more attractive but less real – less sympathetic, even – than the zombies. Put those kinds of images side by side, and you raise all sorts of questions.

George A. Romero

Is Michael Moore an honest documentarian? Honestly? I don’t think he is… The real discussion gets left behind the entertainment value.

George A. Romero

I sit around listening to classical music. I don’t play video games. I love to go to dinner, go on picnics, travel.

George A. Romero

I won’t say I’m uncompromising, but I won’t compromise just for the hell of it.

George A. Romero

If one horror film hits, everyone says, ‘Let’s go make a horror film.’ It’s the genre that never dies.

George A. Romero

There are so many factors when you think of your own films. You think of the people you worked on it with, and somehow forget the movie. You can’t forgive the movie for a long time. It takes a few years to look at it with any objectivity and forgive its flaws.

George A. Romero

As great as Ed is, the wisdom out here is that he can’t carry a movie. They’ll pay him $3 million to be the second banana in Julia Roberts things. But they won’t put up $3 million for an Ed Harris movie.

George A. Romero

As a filmmaker you get typecast just as much as an actor does, so I’m trapped in a genre that I love, but I’m trapped in it!

George A. Romero

I thought Godzilla was a mess, the monster had no character and the humans didn’t either. They forgot to make the movie that went along with all these wonderful effects.

George A. Romero

I think you’re only free if you’re working on very low or huge money.

George A. Romero

The most realistic blood I’ve seen is when Marlon Brando gets beat up in On The Waterfront.

George A. Romero

I really believe that you could do horror very inexpensively. I don’t think it has anything to do with the effects, the effects are not the most important parts.

George A. Romero

The guy that made me wanna make movies… and this is off the wall-is a guy named Michael Pal, the British director.

George A. Romero

Zombies are always moving fast in video games. It makes sense if you think about it. Those games are all about hand-eye coordination and how quickly can you get them before they get you.

George A. Romero

I really liked the helicopter pilot in ‘Dawn of the Dead’, when he gets bitten and comes out of the elevator. That guy was amazing. He did this incredible walk that we didn’t even know about until we started shooting.

George A. Romero