As the witching season approaches us, I tend to reflect on my childhood and relish how fortunate I am to have grown up during the greatest (in my opinion) eras in pop-culture and horror cinema: the 70’s and 80’s. These two decades brought us seen man-eating great white sharks, masked killers and of course hordes of zombies.
Now when I hear the word zombies there is only one name that pops into my noggin and that is the Godfather of modern zombie films. That name is George A. Romero.
George left us over a year ago, but gave us his body of work to reminisce and share with a new generation of genre fans.
Speaking of George, it brings back my fondest horror related memory and that is seeing Romero’s Dawn of The Dead for the very first time.
I was 5 and it was late summer in 79′. My dad took me to the Sunset Drive-Inn to see it. I remember him putting me on his lap as we sat in a lawn chair brought from home.
Funny thing about that is he didn’t sit me on his lap to comfort me from the scares. He sat me on his lap to shield himself from all the jump scares and gore. I guess it was a good thing to have a strong constitution for theatrical blood and guts at such a tender age.
Who knew it would have a profound affect and cultivate me into the indie horror director I am today?
I have George and Dad to thank for that.
Michael S. Rodriguez is a feature filmmaker and writer based in Fresno, CA. He has directed the films Lamb Feed (2014), Night of the Sea Monkey: A Disturbing Tale (2013) and Last American Horror Show (2018) among others. His forthcoming film Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake is currently in post-production with a late 2018 release on, DVD and Blu-ray.