How to Survive a George Romero Zombie Movie

Every genre has a beginning. Edgar Allan Poe is attributed with the first detective story. Bram Stoker translated vampire lore into literature. H.G. Wells sparked interest in the possibilities of time travel. When it comes to the zombie film as we now know it, George A. Romero — who turns 73 today — fathered the fundamental vocabulary of the genre with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. His contributions to how the walking dead move, kill, and die, have helped propel the zombie to its current wave of widespread popularity.

Not just content to ignite the genre, Romero made five more zombie movies in his career; each film representing a vision of the zombie apocalypse that is uniquely his, and adds up to create an insular Romero universe. In honor of his birthday, we recently marathoned all his living dead movies and noticed consistencies that reveal what would help you survive if you found yourself in a Romero film. Should that ever happen, we’ve gathered together ten tips for you here to ensure you have a long and healthy life in the zombie wasteland.

1. Find a Big Vehicle

Navigating an apocalyptic landscape full of the walking dead can be hazardous to the state of your attached flesh. Your best bet is to get yourself into an abandoned truck, RV, armored car, or a custom built missile-firing faux-tank called “Dead Reckoning.” They’re a safe way to travel and a handy weapon for killing zombies while en route. Helicopters are a potential alternative, just be warned they are prone to always being out of fuel, and leave you more vulnerable on the ground.