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Wed, Jul 19, 2017 11:44 PM

Live Poll: George A. Romero - Father of the Zombie Genre

George A. Romero (1940–2017) was a horror pioneer, iconic film-making legend and the father of the modern zombie horror sub-genre. He leaves his mark as a writer, director, producer and editor, in each of the past six decades, with his groundbreaking work in the horror genre. Romero's films satirize bigotry, racial prejudice, consumerism and make bold social-political statements. Today's hit TV series and movie franchises, like The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Shaun of the Dead and Resident Evil, all owe a debt to Romero's work that both influenced filmmakers and popularized the genre.

Which George A. Romero credited movie or TV horror project is your favorite?

Also, rank George A. Romero among the All-Time Greatest Horror Genre Directors here.

See the partial list of George A. Romero's horror projects here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068992419

Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/SRSL4d_Olko/

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The original Night of the Living Dead. 'Nice memorial poll with a good intro. 

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How are my comma and tense? George A. Romero's favorite was Day of the Dead (1985).

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I suggest a small change:
Romero's films satirize bigotry and consumerism, and make bold social-political statements. 

No need to say list both bigotry and racial prejudice separately. One or the other will do it.

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I thought they were the same too, but I looked into it and they have different meanings.

bigotry: obstinate or intolerant devotion to one's own opinions and prejudices :  the state of mind of a bigot overcoming his own bigotry

racial prejudice: an irrational attitude of hostility directed against a race or their supposed characteristics

racial prejudice is specific to a race, whereas bigotry is more general an could be applied to sexism, classism, nationalism, ethnic hatred, the uneducated, people who wear suits and so
on.

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From these definitions, it seems that racial prejudice is a subset of bigotry, which is why I suggested you keep bigotry and dump racial prejudice. But whatever you want to do, you do.

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Good point. I probably need to either make both more specific or use the more general term. Thanks, for the observations, it does need to be clearer.
Some of Romero's movies have deeper themes, satirizing bigotry, excessive consumerism and other social-political issues.

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I think the 1968 classic will probably grab the majority of votes, maybe it would be wise to admit this is the obvious winner and ask the question with "apart from the classic-that-started-it-all..."

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I agree it is a top contender, but I am not sure it wins with IMDb's younger demographic. It is fourth in votes and second in rating and obviously his breakthrough film. Also, It might be his best known work too, but I think there are couple titles that could make that claim. I think its low production value combined with the fact that it is fifty years old might hold it back.

I will give your suggestion some thought, as your point makes sense. But, I think removing it might be ill-advised and there might be a better solution. In the meantime, I flipped the #1 spot Night of the Living Dead (1968) with the #5 spot Dawn of the Dead (1978) to level the playing field a bit. I have no idea how this will shake out, but think all the titles in the top seven could contend.

Image of Dawn of the Dead
1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)   7/10 

Image of Tales from the Darkside
2. Tales from the Darkside (1983 TV Series)     7.7/10 

Image of Day of the Dead
3. Day of the Dead (1985)     7.2/10 

Image of Creepshow
4. Creepshow (1982)   6/10 

Image of Night of the Living Dead
5. Night of the Living Dead (1968)   7/10   

Image of The Crazies
6. The Crazies (2010)   7/10 
 
Image of Dawn of the Dead
7. Dawn of the Dead (2004)   7/10  

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Thanks El, I appreciate the suggestion, I made me re-think the poll. I think removing Night of the Living Dead from the top spot made a difference and swung a percentage of the vote.

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Thanks

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