Romero is unquestionably the father of zombie films and TV series, paving the way for filmmakers like Zack Snyder (whose first film was a remake of Dawn of the Dead
), Sam Raimi (who called Night of the Living Dead a "giant influence" on his debut feature Evil Dead), and Edgar Wright
(the title Shaun of the Dead speaks for itself). But the zombie genre also made room for plenty of missteps, and Romero was never shy about his true feelings on what the genre became in his wake. The director of Night of the Living Dead, Season of the Witch, Dawn of the Dead
, and Day of the Dead said in a 2013 interview : "I was using the idea for satire." Distinguishing Day of the Dead from the films and popular TV series that came after it, Romero added: "My film needed to be done right when it was done, because that sort of shopping mall was completely new. It was the first one in Pennsylvania that we had ever seen. The heart of the story is based in that." Romero was adamant that genre film never lose sight of good storyte ...