Salt Lake Comic Con 2014: George Romero Panel

Posted September 7, 2014 in
George Romero
Sean Hoade, John Steiner and Danille Uber Alles joined together to talk about the life of George Romero. Photo: Megan Kennedy
The panel on the work of George Romero was stationed by longtime and dedicated fans, as well as creative in the world of zombies:  author Sean Hoade of Las Vegas, local writer/musician Craig Nybo, and local novelist/graphic novelist Carter Reid. They were joined by local geek authorities Danielle Uber Alles of the Hello, Sweetie! Podcast, and Charles Prows, owner of the Nerd Store in Valley Fair Mall, and moderated by Sean Smithson, who has been involved in horror for decades and is a contributing writer to legendary Fangoria Magazine. The group began by discussing their own work, and introducing how they all were introduced to the work of Romero, which included some very hilarious childhood stories about being scarred for life by the grub-eating zombie of in Night Of The Living Dead.

Discussion turned to the strengths and weaknesses of Romero’s various films, with general consensus being that high-budget “Land of the Dead” was by far the weakest of his canon, which Reid in particular attributed to Romero having, for the first time, big Hollywood resources that thinned out the typically raw nature of his past indie works. Hoade discussed the underlying allegorical themes of Romero’s work, how the affected his work, and how they made the fear of a zombie uprising more powerful. For Smithson the fear was in “the inevitability” not only of death, but undeath—in the Romero world, even dying of a heart attack means you will return as a zombie if you’re brain’s not destroyed, which leaves survivors in Romero’s movies in an existentially dark place. Overall this was a panel of appreciation for the work of a director who has influenced far, far more than other filmmakers, and whose legacy is as permanently cemented in geek and horror culture as is possible.

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