Horror Movie Legend George Romero Dies At 77

Yolanda Curtis
July 17, 2017

His filmmaking partner Peter Grunwald referred to it as "a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer" in a statement to the LA Times.

Romero's manager Chris Roe confirmed that the director passed away in his sleep following a battle with lung cancer (via Variety).

His first film, Night Of The Living Dead, which was shot on a budget of $114 000, may have been nearly universally panned by critics, but it became a notable cult hit with horror fans when it was released in 1968.

Romero's magnum opus was Night of the Living Dead, the micro-budget film influenced by Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend.

Other notable films in the series include "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead".

He also directed one of my all-time favorite horror films Creepshow in 1982, which saw several stories written by Stephen King adapted. He was with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher, and his daughter Tina Romero when he passed away.

"When we made the film, I thought that we were talking about miscommunication - people who, even when faced with impossible and improbable situations, still argue among themselves about petty things rather than facing the problem", he said.

Romero was born in the Bronx in New York City on February 4, 1940. Night of the Living Dead sparked a cultural phenomenon, largely seen as the birth of the modern zombie film. His last film as a director and writer was 2009's Survival of the Dead.

"Here's to the great George Romero, the man who started it all!"

If you are not familiar with Romero's name, then you will have surely heard of his work.

Romero's zombie movies set the rules imitators lived by: Zombies move slowly, lust for human flesh and can only be killed when shot in the head.

Outside of the Living Dead franchise, Romero worked on other projects which his fans have rallied around. Many of his films were shot in Pittsburgh, where he resettled after leaving NY.

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