Today, the “Father of Zombies,” George Romero, has passed away. With his iconic zombie flick Night of the Living Dead, he created a whole genre.
It is with great sadness to announce the passing of George A. Romero. Romero was most known for his iconic horror films: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of The Dead and many others. A cigarette smoker of many years, Romero passed away this past Sunday after a short battle with lung cancer at the age of 77. According to his long time partner Peter Grunwald, he passed away peacefully while listening to one of his favorite scores from the movie “The Quiet Man,” surrounded by his wife and family.
Romero filmed the cult classic Night of The Living Dead in 1968 while still in college, with a budget of $114,000 dollars, and raked in collectively $12 to Million dollars after a decade. With this film, he shattered numerous ceilings; Night of the Living Dead was one of the first horror movies to have an African-American lead in Duane Jones. Romero’s films are also known for their immense gore by 60’s cinema standards, which helped to launch the movie into cult classic-status. Night of the Living Dead was even inducted into the Library of Congress and preserved by the Nation Film Registry. The Living Dead series inspired other horror film directors such as Tom Savini, and John Carpenter. Tom Savini, also notably directed one of the many remakes of the Night of the Living Dead. Romero also helped out with other classic horror films like the 1973 Original The Crazies and comic book movie: Creepshow.
Considering the modern day zombie resurgence at work, thanks to Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, it’s surprising to note that Romero wasn’t a fan of the zombie genre that he helped jump start. Romero even stated that “The Walking Dead is asSoap Opera with zombies.” He felt that his approach to the zombie movie was more a satirical and political tool.
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