The first zombie movie i saw was Dawn Of The Dead by Romero and I immediately accepted them as they were - slow, mindless and clumsy, I liked how they were made fun of, I liked their whole concept. They were scary just because of their horrible existance, and they were dangerous when they grouped up. Otherwise it was even COZY, everyone had lots of fun, took their guns and went for some zombie hunting. Perfect. I immediately fell in love with Romero’s “dead” - that’s right, he rarely used the term “zombie”, which is now associated with a rotten, skinless creature with broken legs and stupid moaning - fair enough for scaring underage kids, but a fucking embarassment for Romero’s general idea.
Then I watched the best zombie film of all time - Night of The Living Dead - and I was rather surprised about the way the first zombie was - he was fast, he was mean and showed the ability of logical thinking (primitive though). The rest were just like in Dawn, stupid and slow, and they feared fire - I saw one who’s jacket was burning helplessly turning in circles and clumsily trying to extinguish it. That’s how they were supposed to be. Fun again.
If I like zombies, I like those created by Romero. I actually believe he should hold rights of the whole genre and never allow any unnecessary modifications. Why emotions? You want them to be all soft and crybaby and fall in love with their victim girls, or go all “uh-oh” when they’re in danger like droids in Star Wars III? Leave them alone, they have NO emotions, they have NO ability to thing, their brain is all rotten and the only thing alive in them is their primitive instincts, PERIOD.