Legendary director George A. Romero dies aged 77

Jay Anderson
July 17, 2017

Romero died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles with his family after a battle with lung cancer. The film was produced on a very small budget, but over the years, it has become one of the biggest influences on modern horror films and spawned the zombie subgenre, which has seen a revival in the last decade. He had a recent return to zombies with the films: Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), Survival of the Dead (2009). His next film was 1972's Season of the Witch, followed by The Crazies in 1973, and Martin in 1978. He is survived by wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, daughter Tina Romero, and son Andrew Romero.

"Here's to the great George Romero, the man who started it all!" The city holds an annual Zombie Fest and has jokingly called itself "Zombie Capital of the World" thanks to Romero's history there.

"Night of the Living Dead", co-written with John A. Russo, is a spooky tale of ordinary town folks getting munched on by those who had recently escaped the grave.

The national terror Romero's movie conjured up was equal to the civil right's statement he made by casting Duane Jones, an African-American, in the lead.

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Here we've assembled a collection of posters from his films, paying tribute to one of the best cult filmmakers in the business.

Romero had a prolific writing and directing career that wasn't limited to zombies, though he remained firmly planted in the horror genre. King of horror, Stephen King wrote: "Sad to hear my favourite collaborator and good old friend, George Romero has died". He was actually in the middle of writing another sequel entitled "George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead" which he described as "The Fast and the Furious with zombies".

His zombies, however, were always more than mere cannibals; they were metaphors for conformity, racism, mall culture, militarism, class differences and other social ills.

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