George A. Romero to receive the Grand Honorary Award
A director that has known how to gauge the fears that have been built up over the 70's, the 80's and the 90's, the great George A. Romero will collect the Time Machine honorary award given to him by the Sitges-International Film Festival of Catalonia, in honor of a lifetime career dedicated to horror movies, during a special gala next Saturday including the premiere of his latest film, Diary of the Dead.
The zombie genre owes a lot to the great George A. Romero. Born in New York, Romero took his first professional steps in the audiovisual world as a commercial director; in the 60's, with a group of friends, he would soon found the modest production company Image Ten Productions in New York, with which he obtained the necessary financing to direct his first feature film: Night of the Living Dead (1968). This film would mark a decisive moment in modern horror movies, becoming an important cult classic, the influence of which is duly present in ant subsequent production revolving around the zombie theme.
Tom Savini updated Romero's original work shooting a remake in the 90's that Romero himself co-wrote, at a time when he was already considered a true master in this genre.
His movies have been interpreted as studies on the monstrous in art, loaded with a committed discourse revolving around the limits of the corruptibility of the flesh and its metaphoric representation as a criticism of capitalism and consumer society. Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), Monkey Shines (1988) or the Tide segment from the big screen adaptation of stories from the popular magazine Creepshow, are just some of the examples.