AMC did play the Vincent Price "The Fly" last night. But your right about how they are this year. Last year was pretty cool they didn't repeat one movie. Maybe they're cutting back or something. But come on Friday the 13th Jason Goes To Hell?? Give me a break.
Romero has always said that he ripped off Matheson's I Am Legend for his zombie films well mostly for Night of the Living Dead. In all the zombie movies I've seen, Romero's (and I think Zach Snyder's Dawn remake) are the only ones that mention the "returning to places that meant something to them" idea.