As fans of the modern zombie genre wake up to the devastating news of George A. Romero’s death, we begin to think of the incredible influence the director had on the modern world. And we think there’s only one way to truly remember his life – sack off work and have a full-on Zombie movie marathon.
The death of the Father of the Zombie has been confirmed by his manager, who has released a statement on behalf of George A. Romero’s family.
Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of ‘The Quiet Man,’ one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side. He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time.
Over the course of his career, Romero became known for his incredible use of social commentary and movie terror – especially in his 1986 classic, Night of the Living Dead. This movie, along with his other endeavors, has allowed him the title of ‘Father of the Zombie’ with many believing he alone invented the modern zombie genre we all know and love today.
Romero made use of small-budgets and simple production to create his horror classics, including Dawn of the Dead (1978) Dawn of the Dead (1987), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007) and Survivor of the Dead (2009) – the theme of which influenced the creation of the popular TV show, The Walking Dead.
Along with zombie’s, Romero also used various other characters synonymous with horror movies, including vampires. However, his name was mostly associated with the zombie genre, with his inventive and iconic themes, storylines, plots, and characterization paving the way for modern-day horrors. We thank you, George.