In this ultra-hyper, super special episode of the Savage Hippie podcast, David Cole and I eschew the boring politics to talk about the films of George A. Romero, the legendary film director, who passed away on July 16, 2017. Ann Sterzinger sat this one out ’cause, ya know, gurlz.
First we talk about all six of Romero’s “living dead” pictures. Then we leave a sliver of time in the last quarter of the episode to discuss the other films he did. The listener might be surprised to discover just how varied Romero’s films are. Aside from his genre-defining zombie films and other horror pictures, Romero attempted to make an experimental art film, two dramas and a weird, psychological character study. He’s also done a few stinkers, but what director hasn’t?
We also discuss other directors like David Cronenberg, Dario Argento, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, the often hotly debated “auteur theory” as it applies to Romero and David’s political video, in which he uses the Goblin song “Pie in the Face” to criticize the hypocrisy of the media.
For Sounds of Marshabaloosh, we violate all copyright laws by playing three songs by the Italian progressive group Goblin from the Dawn of the Dead soundtrack album. In case you’re wondering, Goblin also did the soundtrack for the Dario Argento films Deep Red, Suspiria and Phenomena, along with a number of other films.
And David did the masterful artwork.