George Romero's Son Crowdfunding 'Night of the Living Dead' Prequel
by Ethan Anderton
October 16, 2014
Way back in 1968, filmmaker George A. Romero unleashed a creation that would become a pop culture staple of the horror genre: zombies. Night of the Living Dead was the first film to introduce the concept of dead rising from the graves as mindless, brain-hungry monsters, chasing the living. Since the, Romero hasn't really been able to duplicate the iconic success he achieved decades ago, though he's tried to continue his love of horror with sequels as recent as a few years ago like Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. Now his son is trying to follow in his footsteps with a prequel simply called Origins, but he needs help.
Romero's son Cameron Romero is trying to crowdfund the film on Indiegogo, and here's the pitch:
The film, which is being backed by the horror fanatics at Bloody Disgusting, is described like this:
Origins takes place in the Turmoil of the 1960′s just shortly before “Night of the Living Dead”, and explains how The ‘Original’ Romero Zombie was created.
In 1962, Dr. Ryan Cartwright was on the scientific and altruistic path to find a way for humans to sustain life in the event of M.A.D (Mutual Assured Destruction), a huge topic brought on by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Little did he know that over the course of the next several years of his life, he would take a well-funded and military focused journey to the darkest corners of the world… as he creates the ultimate weapon for the government and a curse that will plague mankind for the rest of days.
Honestly, this sounds like a terrible idea. I can appreciate the young Romero wanting to follow in his father's footsteps, but this sounds like the kind of prequel that just ruins the mystique of the original film. In the same way that Rob Zombie filling in the childhood of Michael Myers in his remake of Halloween ruined what made the slasher so scary, this would take away the terror of what makes Night of the Living Dead a nightmare. In the original film, we don't know why the dead are rising or how it all started, something that Shaun of the Dead also does particularly well. And this film wants to explain it all. That seems stupid.
Still, Romero feels very passionate about the project saying, "I feel carrying on my dad’s legacy is something that I not only want to do, but it’s something I HAVE to do because I, like all my dad’s fans, was raised on his creation.” He also throws around ambitious phrases about how he wants to “take back the zombie genre” but also adds that he wants to give “the definitive answer to your questions about the creatures.” Not everything needs to be explained with an origin story, and I wish some people would realize that. If you just feel compelled to to support this project, you can check out more information at the film's Indiegogo page right here. But there's better things to spend money on, right? What do you think?