Legendary director George Romero dead at 77

Rebecca Barbier
Julho 17, 2017

"It's fair to say that without George A Romero, I would not have the career I have now".

Entertainment Tonight reports that Romero died in his sleep as a result of lung cancer on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Romero used suspense and expert storytelling to compel the audience, a style emulated in the breakout horror films of the past few years.

Romero is said to have died while listening to one of his favourite films, The Quiet Man. Night of the Living Dead was followed up with Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985), cementing Romero's place in zombie history. He is survived by wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, daughter Tina Romero, and son Andrew Romero.

But Romero, who was born in NY, also used the beasts as metaphors with societal ills such as racism and class division.

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Famed horror director George A. Romero died in his sleep after a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer". The last film he directed was the 2009 zombie flick Survival of the Dead, and he was also involved in producing Road of the Dead and the Deadtime Stories series.

In addition to the Living Dead series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988) and The Dark Half (1993). Without "Night of the Living Dead" who knows what the horror landscape would look like. The Secret Life of Dogs writer Brian Lynch joked: "You were a genius, and I look forward to your inevitable return".

According to the family of classic filmmaker George Romero, he's passed away at age 77. All of his "dead" films up to that point had been filmed in Pittsburgh, Penn., which became Romero's adopted home after he moved there for college after being born in NY. He made his feature film debut with the seminal classic, 1968's Night of the Living Dead.

Romero's zombies were always social or political commentary, stand-ins for perceived political or societal ills, including racism, conformity, materialism and mall culture, and class warfare.

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