Romero sat down for an extended chat with Wrong Turn 2 director and G4 correspondent Joe Lynch, and the two filmmakers waxed poetic about all things zombie -- including a segment wherein Romero watches footage from Valve's Left 4 Dead 2 and offers up his own commentary concerning the onscreen action. Even though Romero isn't a gamer (he states that he prefers traditional narratives to anything that requires him to use a controller because he's "too slow") he does have an appreciation for how games have taken the idea of the walking dead featured in his films and made them into something familiar but also unique.
In perhaps the most interesting part of the conversation, Romero says he thinks the current boom in zombie popularity is largely attributable to video games. The director feels games have brought the archetypal monsters back into the mainstream in a way that films couldn't. It's good to see a filmmaker acknowledge the power of the medium -- particularly in the wake of critic Roger Ebert's repeated criticism of the field.
The conversation does eventually shift to Romero's films, particularly Survival of the Dead. The director shares that the film was inspired by William Wyler's western, The Big Country, and that while he's pleased it's debuting through Xbox Live and VOD services, it's a film that really should be seen on a big screen for the full effect.
Those are just a few of the things Romero and Lynch discuss in this two-part, thirty-five-minute interview. I'll leave the rest for you to discover on your own. If you love zombies and George Romero, you definitely won't want to miss this. Also be sure to check out our own Jeffrey Anderson's interview with the director over here.