The Cinema of George A. Romero

Knight of the Living Dead, second edition

Tony Williams

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of George A. Romero

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The Cinema of George A. Romero

Knight of the Living Dead, second edition

Tony Williams

Wallflower Press

In this comprehensive portrait of horror's definitive director, Tony Williams ties George A. Romero's films to the development of literary naturalism and American culture, expanding the artist's creative footprint beyond his mastery of the "splatter movie" genre. Williams locates Romero's influences in the work of Emile Zola, the Entertainment Comics of the 1950s, and the novels of Stephen King, revealing the interdisciplinary depth of his seminal films Night of the Living Dead (1968), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), and The Dark Half (1992). For this second edition, Williams reads Romero's Bruiser (2000) against his more recent Land of the Dead (2005) and takes a fresh look at Diary of the Dead (2007) and Survival of the Dead (2009), two overlooked films that feature Romero's greatest achievements yet.
One can look to Tony Williams' indispensable book for an abundance of enlightening observations about this important American director. Film Quarterly
[A] fascinating book. New York Times
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
1. A Director and His Traditions
2. Night of the Living Dead
3. There's Always Vanilla
4. Jack's Wife
5. The Crazies
6. Martin
7. Dawn of the Dead
8. Knightriders
9. Creepshow
10. Day of the Dead
11. Monkey Shines
12. One Evil Eye and The Dark Half
13. From Bruiser to Land of the Dead
14. Diary of the Dead
15. Survival of the Dead
Epilogue
Appendix One: The Romero Screenplays and Teleplays
Appendix Two: Chronology
Notes
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Tony Williams is professor and Area Head of Film Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has published widely in the areas of horror and American independent cinema, including the book Hearths of Darkness: The Family in the American Horror Film.