View Full Version : R.I.P George A Romero

07-16-2017, 03:37 PM
Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking “Night of the Living Dead” franchise, has died at 77, his family said.

Romero died Sunday in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.

Romero jump-started the zombie genre as the co-writer (with John A. Russo) and director of the 1968 movie “Night of the Living Dead,” which went to show future generations of filmmakers such as Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter that generating big scares didn’t require big budgets. “Living Dead” spawned an entire school of zombie knockoffs, and Romero’s sequels included 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead,” 1985’s “Day of the Dead,” 1990’s “Land of the Dead,” 2007’s “Diary of the Dead” and 2009’s “George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead.”

The original film, since colorized, has become a Halloween TV staple. It also has earned socio-political points for the casting of a black actor in the lead role.

Director George Romero is known for his zombie films, most notably "Night of the Living Dead."

Romero wrote or directed projects outside of the “Living Dead” franchise too, including 1973’s “The Crazies,” 1981’s “Knightriders” and episodes of the 1970s TV documentary “The Winners.” His last credit as a writer was for his characters’ appearance in 2017’s “Day of the Dead” from director Hèctor Hernández Vicens.


07-16-2017, 04:33 PM
Ah, that's a bummer. Real legend right there. RIP

07-16-2017, 05:04 PM
i had the pleasure of meeting him at a few different Horror conventions.
still have my signed copy of NotLD dvd.
he was such an great guy! totally cool with every fan he met.

the creator of some of my all-time favorite horror movies.

Rest in Peace, George.


07-16-2017, 06:33 PM
Though I'm not much of a fan of the horror genre, I've seen the night of the living dead flicks, and I've known his name all my life, a couple friends of mine mentioned meeting him, said he was a wonderful guy, glad he got to have 77 good years and accomplish a lot, may he RIP.

07-16-2017, 07:59 PM
Damn good director. Rest easy, Mr. Romero.

07-16-2017, 08:10 PM
RIP. Always loved Dawn because it was filmed in my home state.

Andrew NDB
07-17-2017, 12:14 AM
Very terrible. I was really hoping for an 11th hour epic final Dead movie from him. He needed to be the guy to do that.

I wonder what's going on with Empire of the Dead now? He wrote the comic (basically, a Land of the Dead sequel... but where vampires enter the picture, too), and AMC was developing a TV show of it a year ago.

07-20-2017, 06:00 PM
Another legend gone. R.I.P.