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.