Horror Director George Romero Dies at 77 17 Jul 2017

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Legendary filmmaker George Romero passed away on Sunday 16 July, after a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer". Nicknamed "the Godfather of the Dead" by his fans, Romero is best known for his Zombie Trilogy - 1968's Night of the Living Dead, 1978's Dawn of the Dead and 1985's Day of the Dead, but has also directed many other films including Creepshow, The Dark Half, and his lone romantic comedy There's Always Vanilla. He has also worked on a number of comic books and even appeared as a powerful "boss" zombie in the game Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Romero started his career in the 60's shooting short films and commercials, until in 1968 he and nine friends filmed the cult horror classic Night of the Living Dead and introduced a generation of movie fans to the hordes of man-eating zombies, and laid the foundations for the modern zombie movie genre. However, Romero himself has said, "I didn’t call them zombies in Night of the Living Dead, and I didn’t think they were. Because those films – the traditional Haitian voodoo zombie – is not dead. And I thought I was doing something completely new by having the dead rise."

Tributes have come in from contemporary horror icons such as Stephen King, Guillermo Del Toro, and Eli Roth. Remarking on the current popularity of zombies, Romero told NPR, "I never expected it. I really didn't. All I did was I took them out of 'exotica' and I made them the neighbors. I thought there's nothing scarier than the neighbors."

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