always been a freak," says George Romero, whose $70,000 Night
of the Living Dead gave a gigantic boost to both the horror
genre and independent filmmaking in 1968. "Give me four lights,
a couple of dark rooms, and I'll scare you." This week, the
American Museum of the Moving Image presents George A. Romero,
a complete retrospective of the Bronx-born storyteller's career.
"My zombie films are very bloody, but they're the only ones,"
says Romero, who, in classic genre-director fashion, likes to talk
up his little-seen art films, like Knightriders (1981), which
stars a young Ed Harris as the King Arthur-influenced leader of
a motorcycle gang. "I just hope people can tell that some thought
goes into the processI don't just throw a guy in a hockey
mask and have him kill young people having sex. My other films aren't
horror at all, although only four people ever went to see them."
But even Romero knows what his audience adores: He'll be shooting
a fourth spatter flick this spring.
Opens January 11
& tickets (movietickets.com)