If ever a
filmmaker proved that you don’t need millions of dollars, big stars and
expensive special effects to pull off a thoughtful, memorable movie, it was
George Andrew Romero. Born in 1940, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon
University in 1960 and subsequently made commercials for The Latent Image, a company he
co-founded with his friends John Russo and Russell Streiner.
By the late
1960s, he’d tired of doing commercials and discussed with his friends the
possibility of making a movie. Drawing on everything from his passion for
Universal’s classic monster movies to Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend and
fired by the politics of the time, he set to work on the tentatively titled
Night Of The Flesh Eaters.
that eventually hit theaters changed the horror genre forever and altered the idea of what a “mere” horror movie could be. In lesser hands, Night Of
The Living Dead would have been an “issue” movie, burdened by its own
self-importance and unaware of its emptiness. For Romero, it was just the
next forty years, he directed some of the most enervating, original,
frustrating and amusing films that ever reached the screen. Here they are,
ranked worst to best.