The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living
Dead is the first in-depth study in English of the career of
this foremost auteur working at the margins of the Hollywood
mainstream in the horror genre. In placing Romero's oeuvre in the
context of literary naturalism, the book explores the relevance of
the director's films within American cultural traditions and thus
explains the potency of such work beyond 'splatter movie' models.
The author explores the roots of naturalism in the work of Emile
Zola and traces this through to the EC Comics of the 1950s and on
to the work of Stephen King. In so doing, the book illuminates the
importance of seminal Romero texts such as Night of the Living
Dead (1968), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines
(1988), The Dark Half (1992). This study also includes
full coverage of Romero's latest feature, Bruiser (2000),
as well as his screenplays and teleplays.
Subjects: Film Studies
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