Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

Alain Brian
Juillet 17, 2017

Romero, known for horror films such as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and others, has died, reports the LA Times.

The LA Times brings word that legendary horror filmmaker George A. Romero passed away earlier today at the age of 77.

The Bronx-born director - who fought a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer" - passed on peacefully in Toronto with his wife and daughter by his side, according to a statement from longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald.

The 1968 movie "Night of the Living Dead" was shot in black-and-white on a budget of just over $100,000, according to IMDb. The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Monkey Shines (1988) and segments of Creepshow (1982) and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) are among some of his stand-out credits. He added that his work was so influential that it could even be traced to films that come out in these modern times like the recent film, "Get Out". And not only is that film important for what it did for the zombie, but it's also significant because of the way it handled race. He is survived by his wife Suzanne and two children.

Speaking to the Associated Press almost a decade ago, Romero spoke of why he loved the genre: "The zombies, they could be anything", he said "They could be an avalanche, they could be a hurricane".

James Gunn also gave his message saying George Romero was the reason why he wanted to make movies.

Another thing Romero did with Night of the Living Dead was to help pioneer the act of casting black actors in leading roles in USA films that had nothing to do with race. Romero's most successful follow-up was Dawn of the Dead (1978), and after the 1985 commercial and critical flop Day of the Dead, he retired the franchise until 2005, when he released the star-packed Land of the Dead.

Sound off. Which George A. Romero film is your favorite? I have a particular use for them. My zombies will never take over the world because I need the humans.

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