First Look: Zombies from George Romero's Island of the Dead
It might not officially be titled Island of the Dead just yet, but it is our official first look at a zombie from the film. I wish we had something a bit more exciting to show everyone today than a few random zombie photos, but the entire country is focused on the upcoming election. Thanks to both USA Today and Bloody Disgusting, we've got the first photos and more information about Romero's next zombie lick. Like his last disaster, Diary of the Dead, this one will have a political undertone - tribalism. But Romero insists that this one will be a lot more like his own Dawn of the Dead from 1978, but "with a lot of action." I hope so…
"It's this whole idea of tribalism, that we can't pull it together," Romero tells USA Today. "News reports about the presidential race still bring up religious topics or racism. That's pretty much the central theme." We previously brought you two updates about what Island of the Dead is about - essentially, zombies on an island. Romero clarifies the idea a bit further: the story unfolds on a small island a couple of weeks after the original outbreak in 1968's Night of the Living Dead. "There are two factions. It's the idea that even when faced with a crisis, tribal concerns about power control people's motives," Romero explains.
So what happens next? When the deceased relatives of those living on the island start to come alive, one side wants to kill them off, while the other side would rather wait to see if there is a cure. I'd say that's a lost cause, wouldn't you? This concept sounds like another extension of Romero's tried-and-true zombie equation, but nothing new. They look like the same old zombies we've seen since 1968. Although Island of the Dead definitely is getting a lot more early buzz than Diary of the Dead, though I really hope it turns out better. Take a look at the newest photo below and let us know what you think of this concept so far.