- Anvilicious: The political messages behind the films are not exactly subtle and, particularly in the post-2000s entries to the official sextet, often attract criticism.
- Averted with Night of the Living Dead, however, as Romero himself confirmed that he wasnt going for any political message in that film.
- Contested Sequel: Every sequel that doesnt have Dawn in the title is bound to suffer this in one way shape or form, though Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead tend to come up most as to whether or not theyre worthy successors to the past films.
- To be more specific, with Land, fans either see it as a grand return for Romeros directing career with great gore and suspense, a So Okay, It's Average zombie flick that doesnt do anything particularly new for the genre, or a bad follow up to Day of the Dead (1985) with a heavy handed message on the social classes and truly unlikable characters making it hard to be entertaining.
- With Diary, its whether or not the Found Footage style filming was a unique approach to the genre, or a poorly executed way of incorporating a gimmick that took away from the what made the rest of the series beloved in the first place.
- Even Better Sequel: Night of the Living Dead (1968) is considered a groundbreaking masterpiece that helped invent the modern horror and zombie genre we see today, but its sequel, Dawn of the Dead (1978), is most beloved by fans and critics who love it for its strong character development and interactions, impressive gore effects, and its overall fun feel while still maintaining a serious attitude throughout.
- Survival of the Dead is often ridiculed as the lowest point of the series, and the worst film in Romeros filmography in general. Points of criticism go towards its lack of any interesting or likable characters to root for and the Humans Are the Real Monsters message being even more blatantly ham-fisted to the audience than ever before.
- Day of the Dead 2: Contagium was made without Romeros involvement and features unbelievably poor acting and effects and it shows.
- Children of the Living Dead by John Russo note is also frequently mocked for its poor, murky cinematography and lack of connections to any of the established lore of the past films. The fact that its also a direct sequel to the universally despised 30th Anniversary Edition of Night of the Living Dead only adds to its bad reputation.
- Squick: Its a series about the living dead devouring human flesh in morbid and twisted ways. This was inevitable.
- Values Resonance: Many of the recurring themes seen throughout these films note have become shockingly just as relevant, if not more relevant today than when the films were made.
- Vindicated by History: At the time, Day of the Dead (1985) was seen as the weakest of the Romero zombie series overall, with many criticizing the bleak and hopeless tone as a turn away and was seen as a Tough Act to Follow compared to Night and Dawn. Nowadays its not uncommon to see many sites rank it on par with the first 2 movies, some even going as far as saying its the best of the original 3.
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