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‘Extinction of the Dead’ Concludes George A. Romero’s Zombie Series


Update: This is our April Fool’s Day joke for 2017

After battling zombies for a half century, George A. Romero is hanging up the shotgun.

With 2018 marking the 50th anniversary of Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead, the 77-year-old filmmaker will conclude the franchise next year with the release of Extinction of the Dead, which will be directed from his own screenplay. Last we heard, Romero couldn’t find funding for his zombie noir film, which was secretly this project, says the Maple Beat.

The site says Extinction is “about mankind’s last stand where a couple finds themselves back at the house where it all began in 1968. There, they must stave off a horde of zombies who are rotting so badly that their limbs are falling off. Who will make their last stand and avoid extinction?

Extinction of the Dead marks Romero’s seventh and final foray into the zombie world, following Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and lastly, Survival of the Dead.

AMC has also been developing the television series, “Empire of the Dead”, which was first reported on back in 2015.

Ironically, Romero has been very vocal about his disdain for AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, which is the main reason for Extinction of the Dead.

“The younger generation of zombie fans need to know how it all started,” said Romero, further adding, “and I’m going to be the one to end it. Entertainment like ‘The Walking Dead’ lack sophistication and relatable social situations, making it empty calorie viewing. I want to show the world one last time what zombies are really all about.”

Shooting commences on Monday with a release slated for April 1, 2018.

Romero, we salute you!



  • Saturn

    Oh F$*K OFF!!!

  • Munchie

    The biggest April Fool of all is the BD staff for not being able to get their shit together!

    • J Jett

      Munchie, so true! the intrusive ads on this site are fucking ridiculous.

  • The Dark One

    I stopped paying attention after land of the dead, after that they started to get kinda shitty.

  • Aaron King

    I wish he’d do one more, but this is likely the annual April Fool’s joke.

  • I hope it isn’t a April Fool’s joke, because I really wanna see that movie.

  • Wil McMullen

    Romero just might be a little salty at the success Walking Dead has garnered. I can see no certifiable reason other then that, which is a shame. I like a portion of Romero’s portfolio, in regards to his dead films (and in my opinion), the last really good one was Day of the Dead. I saw the ones after and i suppose there were certain elements to those installments that were just, ok. I love the Walking Dead- enough said.
    I hope like hell he doesnt get too lost in his dedication to having a film with some underlined social commentary about the times we are living in, only to forget to give us a good zombie horror film.

  • So sad. I was excited for a minute and then I realized what day it was. Lol

  • Tiger Quinn

    The guy who made the genre popular has most often been the worst at representing it.

    • wedellbudwhite

      what a fucking stupid comment. He’s made six zombie films three of them all time classics of the genre( night day dawn) one that is fun and far superior than most zombie films(land) and two which are shit( diary, survival). So no not most often been the worst at representing it. Also he didn’t popularise it he created it with John russo

      • Saturn

        The first 3 are definitely true classic, Land was pretty good (and seems to be finding it’s feet now years after the fact – just like Day did), I actually like Diary but Survival was definitely a letdown.

        • wedellbudwhite

          Yeah land gets a bad rep. Couldn’t get into diary or survival myself might give em ago again one day….maybe haha

          • Saturn

            I think (I could be wrong) that a lot of the stick about Diary came about because it was released pretty near the same time as (REC) which dealt with a similar thing, but did it a helluva LOT better, alongside also the British movie The Zombie Diaries, so it seem Romero was riding on others’ coat-tails, so to speak.

  • diapers

    Miska! Hands off Romero for april fools fodder! You had me celebrating for a minute until I saw the release date of April fools day, 2018.

  • That’s just mean.


    great news. do u heard the other news ? Robert will be back as freddy for another 10 years, 13 more Fridays will be made in next 13 years chucky will be human again in next movie doug will be back as pinhead and finally we will get that freddy vs Jason vs ash movie next year as well as the long rumored freddy prequel movie.

    • Saturn

      Christ on a pogo stick – it’s going to be a good few years for us horror fans!

  • Sean Robert Hart

    Looking for a top ten zombie movies list and a top 5 new horror movies list anyone have any reccomendations for what i should watch first?

    • Vesuvian Villain

      It’s hard to do this kind of thing without knowing your taste. It’s all subjective. Narrowing it down in the first place is almost impossible for me. And I’m a purist so I favor slow zombies over runners. I’ll shut up and try it tho.

      1) Dawn of the Dead 78
      2) Day of the Dead 85
      3) Night of the Living Dead
      4) Return of the Living Dead
      5) Dead Set (Netflix, English, Awesome)
      6) 28 Days Later (Yeah yeah, infected, stfu)
      7) Shaun of the Dead
      8) Zombieland (Bill Murray)
      9) Night of the Living Dead 90
      10) Rec

      1) Martyrs (French Version)
      2) It Follows
      3) Zombeavers (Fucking Hilarious, Netflix)
      4) Red State
      5) Green Room

      • Saturn

        ANOTHER 10 zombie movies to add to VV’s list : (not all traditional zombie movies per se, but in the same ball-park)

        Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (aka The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue)
        Zombi 2 (aka Zombie aka Zombie Flesh Eaters)
        Dawn Of The Dead (remake)
        Night Of The Comet
        Plague Of The Zombies
        Dead Snow 1 + 2
        Dellamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man)

        • Brian

          -Burial Ground
          -Dead and Buried
          -Exit Humanity
          -Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things

          • Saturn

            Yup, all (subjectivley) good stuff – the best being Dead And Buried, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how good Exit Humanity is and feel it doesn’t get the love it deserves.

            28 Weeks Later was a worthy follow up to 28 Days Later (or as I call it 28 Dawns Later) with another one to add to the list : Braindead (aka Dead Alive).

            This 10 zombie thing has moved up to 28 so far!

          • Brian

            Yeah i think Exit Humanity is underrated. It had a 5.4 on IMBD. I thought it was way better than that score. A few of those i mentioned some newcomers might think those are cheesy. I like those old school, pre-CGI effects on zombies.

            Did anyone mention The Dead (2010)

          • Saturn

            I’ve seen both The Dead movies (first in India, second in Africa iirc) but wasn’t that wowed by them to be honest – although they do seem to have a fan base clamouring for a third movie.

      • J Jett

        Vesuvian, great list! DEAD SET is extra great!

      • Sean Robert Hart

        Awesome thanks ill have a go at your list. I was running short on movies to watch. Not anymore

  • Alanmac

    Love the original trilogy and Creepshow along with lots of Tales from the Darkside episodes but that’s about it. I think he should’ve hung it up a looooong time ago. This sound like an interesting premise and I LOVE that it’s gonna take us back to the original house but I’m definitely staying reserved about it since he’s constantly disappointed fans over the last couple of decades. Hope if this ISN”T an April Fools joke he hits it out of the park with this one tho since it’ll be his last.

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Hypothetically, if he did make this and take it back to the original house, that would then add to the canon of Night of the Living Dead, which means if he made a shitty movie, of which George Romero is only capable of making now, he messes up the original for me too. So then when I watch Night and see the house, my mind has to be cluttered with all the ways he fucked it up later.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      Knightriders, son. Watch it.

      • Alanmac

        Hahaha! Don’t know if you’re being serious or sarcastic but I’ve seen it which is why I left it off my list of Romero’s successes.

  • Sky Commander

    April Fools it’s like the entire world becomes trolls for a day

  • zombie84_41

    Ahhh good one Brad. Almost believe it before I checked that little last bit of info on the bottom. This would of actually been a nice thing but the last few movies were garbage.

    • Grimphantom

      Honestly you knew when you see Brad’s name……you can’t take that guy seriously anymore.

  • Wil McMullen

    Lol! Holy shit! I laughed so goddamn hard reading this because i truly get where you are coming from (i still love walking dead tho). Thankfully I waited to purchase Diary straight from the sales bin at Blockbuster. I remembered laughing so hard at its unintentional nonsense. I.e. i believe there had been a tree in that movie that had covered half of the goddamn road- somebody yelled out “oh no” as if they were incapable of birthing around the fallen limb. Or how bout in Land, when dude decides to put on headphones while skating inside the darken warehouse, where moments earlier he heard some sound. Of course he was unable to steer clear of the hoard of zombies whom were inexplicably silent. Smh!

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Jesus Christ yes.. to all of this. I would much rather be laughing with you about all the awesomeness that could have been those movies than how horrible they were but we leftover Dead fans take what we can get. Haha.

      • Wil McMullen

        Aye speaking of Dead fans… I happen to bing watch a BBC show on Netflix called ‘Dead Set’, which wasnt too bad. If you get the chance you should check it out if you havent seen it already.

        • Vesuvian Villain

          Haha actually someone on this thread asked earlier for a zombie movie top 10 and I have Dead Set on my list. I saw it about 10 years ago on a visit to England. I couldn’t believe they were showing everything on TV, all the blood, all the cursing, on prime time TV. I was in love, I felt like somebody finally got it. And I HATED Big Brother so it made the idea of people involved in that show dying so fulfilling. If anybody else is reading this and likes zombies, look up Dead Set on Netflix, you won’t be sorry.

  • Daniel Anderson

    I WAS excited…

  • J Jett

    even though i don’t really care for TWD these days i was all about to defend it at what Romero had allegedly said above! lol. i just woke up and am not quite awake and just realized it’s April 1st. 🙂
    tbh, despite my not liking the last couple of Romero zombie films, i actually liked the sound of this EXTINCTION OF THE DEAD fake storyline (especially with the zombies being so rotted).

    p.s. does Romero really hate TWD? I never read/heard that before.

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Looks like he resents it.

      “Because of World War Z and The Walking Dead, I can’t pitch a modest little zombie film, which is meant to be sociopolitical. I used to be able to pitch them on the basis of the zombie action, and I could hide the message inside that. Now, you can’t. The moment you mention the word “zombie,” it’s got to be, ‘Hey, Brad Pitt paid $400 million to do that.’”

      I would totally be on board with him if he was at all self-aware at what a vile collection of shitstains he put out his last three times. He was given ample opportunity to reclaim the throne and the sad fact is that he’s just not that capable. Walking Dead follows all his rules and guidelines and they simply out-Romero’d Romero. And now no one cares. I have no sympathy left. Fuck you and your glasses, G.

      • Weresmurf

        I’m still washing away the shitstain taste of Diary and Survival… Land I could tolerate, wow, those two… damn.

        • Vesuvian Villain

          Exactly, I remember when I thought Land was going to be the shitty one. And that was all about falling so far under expectation. Proved me wrong af.

          • J Jett

            i actually liked LAND and was hoping (way back when) that the sequel (with that LAND cast) was coming. DIARY (i unfortunately spent money on this crap film in theaters) as bad as it is, has some decent creepy atmosphere/visuals but everything else about it is bad. SURVIVAL….what an abomination. lol.

          • Raziel_cz

            I enjoyed Land as well. The funny thing about Diary and Survival is, you can still see the sociopolitical commentary in it. Too bad everything else is so bad. I’d like some production company to give Romero last shot though.

        • Raziel_cz

          If Diary is a shitstain, I wonder what you would call Survival.

          • Weresmurf

            I lack the words for what I would call Survival. I remember watching that, and honestly, every bit of love I had for the original trilogy was challenged by it. It ignored all the rules Romero had even set out for his own series. A horrible, shitstain upon a pus stain of a tepid flatulent corpse of a movie…

          • Vesuvian Villain

            On a horse…

          • Weresmurf

            On a goddamn horse.

      • J Jett

        Vesuvian, word for word i agree w/ you! 🙂

      • Kristoffer Groves

        Romero has always been one of my heroes, and it breaks my heart that he’s become such a hater in recent years.

  • Doctor Pretzels

    Whatever happened to his son’s zombie movie that was successfully crowd funded,years ago?

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Oh shit.. didn’t know about that. Just googled it. Hopefully that never comes to light. His idea is a god damn prequel to Night called “Origins” that explains how the whole thing started. Part of the beauty of the trilogy is that the reasons are never explained. They gloss over the possibility of some space radiation but nothing is confirmed. Because it doesn’t need to be explained. Because it’s not the point. Filling out every single little detail of a backstory leaves nothing to the imagination. Even worse, starting it with no explanation leaves it up to the imagination of the audience, so then coming back 5, 10, 50 years later to explain it is never going to be as good as what your audience had in mind because it’s now going to be narrowed down to one person’s interpretation. I sincerely hope it never gets off the ground.

      • Doctor Pretzels

        I agree with you 100% about the idea of the film itself. But part of me hopes it does get off the ground because a lot of people put faith & money into it,only for the makers to go completely silent across all social media platforms.

      • Raziel_cz

        Well, it was somewhat explained in The Return of the Living Dead.

        • Vesuvian Villain

          Yeah but those are a completely different kind of zombie, it’s not the same universe. That writer wanted to make a parody of Romero’s zombies. That’s where you got running, talking zombies, who say “BRAIIIIIINS!!”

          They set up the plot to their own film as a joke with the “Do you remember that movie Night of the Living Dead?”

          Not saying Return isn’t awesome, it’s top 5 zombie movies for me, it’s just not Living Dead canon.

          • Raziel_cz

            I’m aware of that, but John Russo participated on both the Night and The Return, and the latter is also based on his novel, so I take its, if comedic, explanation any time.

          • Vesuvian Villain

            I guess, if it’s not an explanation for how Romero zombies came to be. If it’s an explanation on a parody, ok. Otherwise it’s like using an origin story in Spaceballs to explain Vader. Doesn’t matter if the guy helped on the original, they agreed to make it a separate property, so one doesn’t affect the other. But to each their own.

  • Judge Satchmo

    I f@$king hate April fools day.

    • DJV1985

      Same here. I was shopping today, spent about forty quid on food and drink for the next couple days (live alone, kinda cheap) and after adding up my shopping and me handing the money to pay the guy behind the counter said “Don’t worry it’s been paid for” so I replied: “Really?” and he said “Yep by a lady, her name was April…” it took me a second to get it I was royally peed off.

      (But I’ll admit that if it happened to someone else, I might’ve laughed lol)

      • Kristoffer Groves

        40 squid? Has the uk been reduced to going back to the barter system? Wow, brexit really did number on your economy. Cheerios, matey.

        • DJV1985

          Just me being me lol I thought everyone knew what “squid” meant lol maybe not.

      • Saturn

        You should have just walked off with the food.

        • DJV1985

          didn’t think of that lol although if they gave chase, I wouldn’t last long lol

  • Evan3

    Oh how I love April Fools. That said, I really and truly wish Romero got a chance to make a true close to the Night series.

  • James Allard
  • Abandoned_Being

    Uh huh.

  • Vicente Garcia

    I’m a lifelong horror fan and I think he’s the most overrated director out there. He has one great film: Night. Dawn is overrated (it’s gore effects are the best part), Day descends into dumbness, and Land, Diary, and Survival all compound on the dumbness. Seriously, Romero’s scripts seem to get less intelligent with each new movie — Survival had lesbian jokes and several gross-out jokes. Just awful, awful writing. And ya’ll wanted this guy to direct Resident Evil?! (His RE script, by the way, is one of the worst scripts I’ve ever read….)

    • Vesuvian Villain

      There are two big moments for me in Dawn and Day that push them beyond just childhood love. I could say overall that acting was shit in both but there were different standards back then. It’s more to do with themes and meaningful scenes for me.

      In Dawn there’s a scene where Fran sits down with this zombie in a baseball outfit with a wall of shopping center security glass between them and they have this moment where the zombie isn’t interested in attacking her because he knows he can’t. He’s just generally curious like a toddler, and he stares at her. He’s got this innocence to him and you feel kind of sorry for him like she does. Like he doesn’t know why he’s doing what he’s doing. That’s just a great scene regardless of being in a generally silly movie.

      In Day there’s a long stretch of conversation between Sarah and John where John is explaining the futility of all her record keeping to her, and his theory that this is all happening because God was maybe tired of us trying to “figure his shit out”. Even in his thick island accent, it’s a solid piece of dialogue and acting. And Howard Sherman’s Bub is solid. He may be going “full retard” but his expressions are worthy of the praise.

      I’m not saying these scenes would be enough for most people to take these movies seriously but moments like those give me a respect for them. I can’t completely shit on them.

      • Vicente Garcia

        Vesuvian: you know what? Those ARE great scenes, and great examples — I personally feel like they don’t add up to make their films worth re-watching more than once (not in the way I can always re-watch Night), but I honestly haven’t seen either in years and had forgotten about those scenes. Might just go give them both another shot and see if I like them more now!

        • Vesuvian Villain

          I think that’s why we fell in love with them in the beginning. It was the underlying themes and social commentary holding them together.

          Night, for me, is about the futility of pride. Ben and Cooper were both right and both wrong in their own ways, but it was a refusal to compromise on both their parts that got everybody killed, which is very relevant to the divisiveness we have going on right now in our country.

          Dawn, of course, is about consumerism, and the fact that it doesn’t matter how awesome the novelty of basically owning a mall is, it’s a phony salvation. Like people who win the lottery, they just run out of shit to waste money on and find another excuse to be miserable.

          Day is about militarization and the destruction of hope. The dead completely outnumber the living and they’re all struggling to find anything left of humanity worth holding on to.

          I also will always have respect for the idea that the problems were never solved from one movie to the next. Most movies end with a solution and the sequel finds a new way to restart the problem. Dawn starts in chaos with the problem much further out of control, and anarchy. I absolutely love the first 15 minutes of Dawn in the television station. Day takes it even further.

          So yeah a lot of the acting is over the top and maybe Romero got pretty lucky, it’s definitely hard for me not to consider him a hack after the last three, but I agree you owe it to yourself to give it one more shot on the basis of themes.

    • Hack Snyder

      Day is fantastic and Dawn is way better than Night. Also, George A. Romero directed Creepshow and Martin and both of those films are incredible. Romero has more misses than hits but he has made a few masterpieces.

    • Hack Snyder

      I hate it when people act like Romero has only made zombie films. Creepshow is one of the greatest horror anthology films of all time, Martin is one of the greatest vampire films of all time, Knightriders is a pretty good drama that’s criminally underrated, The Crazies has a ton of flaws but it’s an interesting social commentary horror film.

      • Vicente Garcia

        Hack: Creepshow and Martin have good moments but are mediocre to me. The remake of the Crazies is far superior to Romero’s version too. Land, Diary, and Survival then confirmed to me that he’s overrated.

        • Hack Snyder

          ur the hack!!!!!!!!111 Anyway, I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree. If you haven’t watched Creepshow in a long time I would suggest giving it another shot. Romero lost his mind a long time but I think he used to have a lot of talent.

  • Vicente Garcia

    Sounds like Romero almost hates the Walking Dead as much as Brad does!

  • marklola12 .

    his last good movie was day of the dead after that he lost ALL his talent

    • Hack Snyder

      Monkey Shines and Two Evil Eyes weren’t bad, The Dark Half could’ve been pretty good if Orion Pictures hadn’t collapsed in the middle of production, Land of the Dead was mediocre but it had some glimmers of his old talent.
      Diary of the Dead was when he officially became a total hack, he should’ve retired right after Hollywood rejected his Resident Evil script. However, I want him to make another film because Survival of the Dead was incredibly bad and I don’t want it to be the end of his legacy.

      • Definitely agree, though I did enjoy Diary, Survival was laughably bad and an insult to the name

  • Dr. Acula


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  • This is the first April Fool I fell for in years, and I was genuinely gutted when the joke sunk in

  • Travis_Bickle

    Looks as good as walking dead

  • Alan Hernández

    Ive read on several pages about this… Too bad they havent read the update. Jajajaja.

  • Applemask

    Not much of a joke.

  • shawn lawson

    So wait………I never read the update until now. Did Brad make up the synopsis about bringing people back to the original house and shit? Really bummed because I think that is such a fun idea. Oh well…,at least It Stains the Sands Red is a reality. I find one good zombie movie every 10 years. Fuckin Miska

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