George A. Romero, Director of Night of the Living Dead Has Died at 77

George A. Romero, famous for his Night of the Living Dead series has died at 77. Romero almost singlehandedly created zombies as we know them today. Romero reportedly died in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer”.

Romero belongs among the greats of horror filmmaking alongside John Carpenter. Romero developed a cult following after writing and directing Night of the Living Dead in 1968 (my favorite horror film of all time). He would then revisit the zombie universe with a series of “Dead” films including Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead. He also directed some other horror movies like The Crazies (which was later remade), Creepshow and the adaption of Stephen King’s The Dark Half. In his later years he wrote a Empire of the Dead comic for Marvel that is supposedly going to become at TV show at some point.

George A. Romero is one of the most influential directors of any genre. Its tough to say where horror films would be these days without his contributions. He will be missed.

  • Steve

    In other news, Roman Polanski is still alive and kicking.

  • PQG 1991

    RIP

  • UilickMcGee

    Sh*t buzz. I was really looking forward to Drone Strike of the Dead.

    In all seriousness, he struck some awesome sparks and horror would not be the same without him.

    RIP.

  • Jerry Eldini

    There are a lot of things that I love equally but there is nothing I love more than seeing a zombie get shot in the face with an M16 rifle, an M4 is close enough. One of the reasons I am so disappointed with The Walking Dead, and fear The Walking Dead is the lack of zombies and almost no M4’s. It’s either being produced by some teenager taking his instructions from Dame salvia or they are intentionally fvcking it up!

  • Bulgingsnake

    Right you are Jerry

  • Jerry Eldini

    That is precisely my point. Spielberg, Kubrick, Coppola, Lucas, Scorsese. Not one of them had the vision to shoot a zombie dead with an M16 rifle and film it. Not one of them.
    Now don’t get me wrong, to this day if the words “American Zoetrope” get vocalized within 50 feet of me, I jizz uncontrollably. Any time, any place.

  • Bulgingsnake

    Yeah, I’m fond of that movie because of my youth. But let’s face it, Spielberg didn’t direct it (not that Spielberg is blowing my mind these days either).

  • Jerry Eldini

    Hey!!!! The first Dawn of the Dead was good GOD DAMNIT!!!!! First fvckin time in the history of the world that zombies got killed with M16’s!!!! I know the rest of the films looked like they were made by a teenager but FVCK!!!!! BUTTFUCK MAN!!! ITS DAWN OF THE BUTTFUCKIN DEAD BRO!!!! SHIT!!!!

  • Bulgingsnake

    Besides Night of the Living dead, all his movies sucked. He wasn’t a good director, yet, I’m fond of him for some reason.
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    Godspeed Mr. Romero, and may you be a better director in your next life.