Romero to Return to Zombies with Schlozman’s The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse
I don’t think I need to write up an introduction on George Romero or the impact he’s had on the modern zombie film. I mean you are reading a website titled Anything Horror!! We all know how important Romero’s Dead Trilogy has been in the history of horror/zombie films. Sure he stumbled big time with LAND OF THE DEAD, but I thought he recovered nicely with DIARY OF THE DEAD and had a semi-successful run with SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD. Romero, though, is far from being through with the living dead. His next project, according to Adf.ly, won’t be one he wrote:
For those of you not familiar with ZOMBIES AUTOPSIES: SECRET NOTEBOOKS FROM THE APOCALYPSE, written by Steven C. Schlozman, here’s the description found on amazon.com:
Presented as the journal kept by a neuroscientist investigating the medical causes of zombiism, Schlozman’s clever debut shows that there’s still life left in the overworked horror theme of the living dead. Dr. Stanley Blum is already infected (as is two-thirds of humankind) with ataxic neurodegenerative satiety deficiency syndrome (ANSD)—the virus that makes flesh-eating zombies lurch and lunch—when he decamps to Bassas da India, an island overseen by the U.N., to vivisect captive zombies in the hope of isolating the pathogen before he succumbs to it. Schlozman makes the science both accessible and plausible. In lieu of a meaty plot, he provides a grim vision of zombie apocalypse and a surprise explanation for the virus’s origin. Printed as a handwritten diary and illustrated in gory glory with clinical drawings by Andrea Sparacio, this book is sure to be scarfed up by ravenous zombiephiles.
It sounds like an interesting approach to the zombie story, and the whole Dr. Blum vivisecting “captive zombies” makes me think of Dr. Logan in DAY OF THE DEAD. And how does Romero feel about telling someone else’s story?
This is Steve’s story, not mine. It’s more like The Andromeda Strain. It’s very tense and very medically correct. This guy’s a doctor, it’s all about being medically correct. I think about it like the first Hammer Frankenstein film, which was all about very graphic scenes of brains floating in blood and things like that. I want it to be perfectly accurate, almost shockingly so.
I like this. This almost sounds like Romero is taking on someone else’s story, who he respects, in order to maybe expand upon his own views of the living dead. We might see a new original story from Romero as a result of taking on this ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES project. I’m looking forward to this one!! See io9.com’s full interview with Romero here, but be forewarned that there’s some spoilers about the book, ZOMBIE AUTOPSIES, that you may not wanna know about!!
Viva la Romero.