October 1, 2009

Romero: Videogames kept the zombie movie genre alive

In a recent interview with Shocktillyoudrop.com, George Romero mentions that he feels videogames rather than other zombie movies have kept the zombie film genre alive.

Suggesting that zombie films have not made the big money that other horror films such as the Friday the 13th remake bring in, Romero credits zombie videogames in general and, presumably, videogame movie franchises like Resident Evil for keeping interest alive.

He doesn't expand on this idea, but I wonder if this means he feels even games that rip him off, like Dead Rising, are ultimately beneficial.

It will also be interesting to see how Zombieland preforms when it opens this week. Is Zombieland too running on popularity fueled by videogames or will it be successful enough to make film the primary engine of zombie popularity again (according to Romero).