When debating the merits of various types of zombies in film, traditionalists often say, “I like Romero zombies.” or, “Romero zombies are the only true zombies.” But what exactly is a Romero zombie, and would anyone making that argument continue to do so if they really knew?
Night of the Living Dead (1968) – Zombies don’t moan, but are instead deathly silent. They can run short distances, open car doors, and a child zombie even kills her mother by stabbing her with a garden tool, not biting.
Day of the Dead (1985) – Zombies can be trained to do simple tasks, listen to and enjoy music, and a domesticated zombie even picks up and uses a firearm against an evil human.
Going further, Romero’s more recent films show zombies communicating with one another, working as a team, developing advanced combat strategies, and using the cover of night to silently attack their target.
So the next time someone tells you they only like Romero zombies, find out if they actually mean a creature that can think, evolve, learn, use weapons, live in peace, enjoy sophisticated pleasures, make no sound at all, and have excellent fine motor skills. Chances are it isn’t.