Which is better—vampires or zombies? Martin Scorsese weighs in

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Dec 17, 2012

Martin Scorsese is without question one of the greatest filmmakers alive, but he's also a certified pop culture expert. He can talk for hours on the merits of the French New Wave and American gangster cinema, and apparently he's also got an opinion on the undead. So which does Scorsese prefer: vampires or zombies?

"I happen to like vampires more than zombies," Scorsese said in a new interview. Yes, he has a reason why, and thankfully it's not the sparkles that pull him in.

"Well, a vampire, quite honestly, you could have a conversation with," Scorsese said. "He has a sexuality."

The great director also has a specific reason why he's less enthusiastic about the walking dead. Quite simply, he finds large parts of the genre to be a little repetitive.

"I mean the undead thing ... Zombies, what are you going to do with them? Just keep chopping them up, shooting at them, shooting at them," he said.

But hold on, zombie fans. Before you go burning your copies of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and writing angry letters, Scorsese does understand where you're coming from. In fact, if it's done right, he's even capable of outright admiration for zombie cinema.

"It's a whole other thing that apparently means a great deal to our culture and our society. There are many, many books written about it and many movies," he said. "I saw one in London when I was doing Hugo. I saw one late at night one weekend. It was called Colin, by a young filmmaker [Marc Price]. He shot it, I think, digitally by himself, edited it himself. It was savage. It had an energy that took the zombie idea to another level. Really interesting filmmaking. Disturbing."

We don't know if Scorsese has seen some of the bigger works on either side of this debate. He makes no mention of either Twilight or The Walking Dead when making his points, but his interest in vampires seems to be a little more basic than what one franchise can convey. Even if you do think he's wrong, though, you have to admit a Scorsese-style vamp flick would definitely be a remedy for Twilight fatigue.

(Via /Film)

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