This book is a pocket guide to all things George A. Romero. The authors cover Romeroâ€™s movies from â€śNight of the Living Deadâ€ť to â€śDiary of the Deadâ€ť. Each movie is given a brief synopsis, behind the scenes information, reviews of the time and the social climate. They clearly understand that Romeroâ€™s films must be viewed through the eyes of the time period, and that each element plays off each other. â€śNight of the Living Deadâ€ť is a mirror to the social unrest of the time. Each section on each film is brief and to the point. The write-ups seem to be fair and not raving fan-boy like on every film Romero made. The writers give reasons why a film is successful or not a successful one. â€śThere is always Vanillaâ€ť the movie the filmmaker made that is clearly not a gene piece is a not a favorite of anyoneâ€™s but does show some growth in Romero that comes to a head later. The authors are very hard on â€śMonkeyshinesâ€ť and â€śThe Dark Halfâ€ť as being compromised work from his Hollywood period. Lost films of Romero and films that grew from Romeroâ€™s work are covered as well. â€śZombieâ€ť, â€ś28 Days Laterâ€ť and â€śShaun of the Dead are among those to be found in the chapter called â€śChildren of the Living Deadâ€ť
The big question is can the writers give the reader enough information on George A Romero for the work to be called essential and the answer is a big yes. The authors get to the point and make their case with the fewest words possible. The book is a quick read page wise but information wise there is a lot to take in which make the book one you will want to turn to again and again. Tom Fallows and Curtis Owen know their facts and love the films.
If you are a George A. Romero fan you will want a copy of â€śThe Pocket Essential George A. Romeroâ€ť for your very own, you canâ€™t have mine I am looking something up thank you very much.