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We lost filmmaker George A. Romero a week ago today. He was the zombie man, a figure of influence that cannot possibly be overstated. Millions tune in for The Walking Dead every week and only a small portion know or are willing to acknowledge that the show would not exist had it not been for Romero’s earlier creations. When Romero passed away, I saw an outpouring of love and support for him online and in horror circles. It warmed the heart. He scared us, amused us, and changed us, and we loved him for it.
Me, personally, it was not Romero’s zombie movies that influenced me the most (though Dawn of the Dead is his best film, in my eyes), it was a comparatively lesser known horror movie called The Crazies. The film told the story about a deadly contagion released in Small Town America that turns our neighbors into crazy killers. It’s nasty horror visited upon a neighborhood I felt like I knew. And it inspired me to write my first published original work, Brain Mold, which was also about a contagion that changes our friends and families into madmen. Romero’s Crazies and his other work in body horror were a big influence on me. I don’t know—maybe—but I doubt I ever properly mentioned how The Crazies and Romero served as an influence on my work in fiction. And that’s something I mean to change.
I don’t want to just write about an influential figure in my life after they’ve passed on. From now on, you’re going to see some posts about the artists in fiction, film, art, etc. who’ve directly influenced my work or made a difference in my life just whenever they’re on my mind. I’m too late to share how much George A. Romero meant to me on this website of mine but I hope he knew how much fans loved him. The man was a giant in the horror community and I will miss him.
I don’t normally go to conventions. But a convention devoted entirely to giant monster movies? Sign me up!
I spent the past weekend at G-Fest in Rosemont, IL, a fan convention devoted to Godzilla and all his monster buddies. This was the second time that I’d been to G-Fest and the first where I actually got a room at the hotel and spent more than an afternoon there. In general, I had a blast. It’s cool to surround yourself with the imagery and atmosphere of a theme you’re passionate about. Hmm, makes me think I gotta look up a nearby writer’s convention! I met many cool people there—including Shin Godzilla co-director Shinji Higuchi and artists Bob Eggleton, Matt Frank, Jeff Zornow, and Dope Pope—I only wish I’d taken more photos and had more time and money to spend! When not at a panel or an artist’s table, I walked the halls running into people with similar interests and always on the lookout for a familiar face. That’s a different feeling for me, because I rarely ever run into anybody I know back at home. One of the highlights was listening to Shinji Higuchi’s panel, which really could’ve gone on for another hour or more and he still would’ve had more things to share. Film composer Michiru Oshima also gave an informative and breezy panel. It was a lot of fun for this kaiju nerd.
One thought that kept coming back to me as I walked past the authors and artists is that I can’t wait to release my kaiju novel, In the Shadow of Extinction, and maybe get myself a table at a future G-Fest. It’d be great to sit beside these fellow creative minds that’ve turned their passion for kaiju into art of their own. One day!
You may (or may not?) recall that in addition to writing fiction I also write about film over at CityOnFire.com. In the interest of driving more attention to that film site… and in the interest in giving this here blog more content… I’m going to be dropping a few film review links here over time. I also plan to share more film recommendations in general more often.
Today we’re talking about Joon-ho Bong’s superpig epic, OKJA.
The film is now streaming on Netflix. According to director Bong, Netflix gave him complete creative freedom. And it shows. You’d be hard-pressed to find a stranger, angrier, goofier, more thought-provoking modern genre movie than Bong’s film about superpigs. The shifts in tone will put some people off, and others simply won’t want to acknowledge what Okja has to say. But for those who can handle a movie that goes in all directions and talks about some ugly truths, Okja is pretty dang special.
Read my full review at City On Fire.
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of fiction and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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