Night Of The Living Dead Creator, George Romero Passes Away
Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, the father of zombie movies and maker of the iconic “Night of the Living Dead” franchise, has passed away at 77, his family said.
“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.” ~George Romero
Romero died Sunday in his rest following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” as indicated by a statement to The LA Times given by his long-time producing accomplice, 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 kick started the zombie movie genre as the co-author (with John A. Russo) and director of the 1968 motion picture “Night of the Living Dead,” which went to demonstrate future generations of producers, for example, Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter that creating huge scares didn’t require enormous budgets. “Living Dead” brought forth a whole school of zombie knockoffs, and Romero’s continuations incorporated 1978’s “Sunrise of the Dead,” 1985’s “Day of the Dead,” 1990’s “Property of the Dead,” 2007’s “Journal of the Dead” and 2009’s “George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.”
“A zombie film is not fun without a bunch of stupid people running around and observing how they fail to handle the situation.” ~George Romero
The original film, since colorized, has turned into a Halloween TV staple. It likewise has earned socio-political points for the casting of a black actor in the starring role.
True Juggalo Family had the honor and opportunity to be a part of QnA Panel with the innovator zombie filmmaker at Texas Frightmare Weekend. You can watch it below.