Rest in Peace: George A. Romero Has Passed Away at 77

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Luglio 17, 2017

"Romero, -father-of-the-zombie-film, -is-dead-at-77" target="_blank">died in his sleep on Sunday in Toronto after a brief battle with aggressive lung cancer, his manager, Chris Roe, said Sunday night. Family members say he died peacefully, listening to the score from one of his favorite movies: 1952's The Quiet Man.

Romero most famously directed and co-wrote 1968′s iconic zombie film "Night of the Living Dead". Later on, he created "Land of the Dead" in 2005, "Diary of the Dead" in 2007, and, in 2009, "George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead".

He went on to direct other films including the 1971 romantic comedy There's Always Vanilla, the 1978 vampire film Martin, and the 1982 Stephen King adaptation Creepshow. He is survived by his wife and daughter, who were by his side when he passed, according to Roe.

And James Gunn-who directed the likes of Slither before he joined the Marvel stable-credited Romero with inspiring him to get into film in the first place.

Romero's films were subversive, satirical, and sharply aware of the political climate he lived in.

It cost $500,000 to produce and earned $55 million, and according to Entertainment Weekly it was one of the top cult films ever. The entire production cost about $100,000 but launched Romero and the wider horror industry into a lucrative genre. Numerous "rules" of the zombie genre, such as destroying the brain of a zombie in order to stop it, originated from Romero's films.

Its success to numerous sequels in what fans named "The Dead" franchise, became more cerebral over time than most critics expected films centering on an undead outbreaks had any right to be.

RIP George A. Romero, you will be missed. Romero used suspense and expert storytelling to compel the audience, a style emulated in the breakout horror films of the past few years.

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