Today (Sunday, July 16), is truly a sad day. George A. Romero, known as the “Godfather of the Zombie Genre”, has passed away at the age of 77 following a long battle with lung cancer.
Born on February 4, 1940, Romero’s career in the genre began with the classic film Night of the Living Dead, which opened in theaters on October 1, 1968. Co-written by John A. Russo, the film introduced the world to the non-Voodoo zombie. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea and Karl Hardman, NOLD inspired multiple generations of filmmakers and fans.
Romero has so many fantastic films to his credit, including Season of the Witch (1972), The Crazies (1973), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), Tales from the Darkside (1983), Creepshow 2 (1987), Moneky Shines (1988), Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), Night of the Living Dead (1990), The Dark Half (1993), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Land of the Dead (2005), Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), Diary of the Dead (2007), Survival of the Dead (2009), The Crazies (2010), and many more.
Romero has left behind three projects, the upcoming film George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead, which he co-wrote with Matt Birman, and the series Empire of the Dead for AMC. Romero was also in the process of co-writing a horror anthology book with Jonathan Mayberry, titled ‘Horror of the Living Dead’. There is no word yet what will become of the projects.
George A. Romero was a great talent and friend to the genre. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts are with Mr. Romero’s family and friends.