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Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

Eli Roth, on the other hand, remembered Romero as someone who took risks to confront racism 50 years ago.

Romero died on Sunday, following a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer", according to his longtime production partner Peter Grunwald. The visionary passed away while listening to a score from one of his favorite film's while his wife Suzanne and daughter Tina were at his side. The rest of his zombie films include Day of the Dead (1985), Land of the Dead (2004), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009).

"George Romero deserved to get 5 percent of every zombie movie made after 1968".

Like all great horror directors, Romero understood that the monsters weren't ultimately the scariest thing in the film.

Romero had a prolific writing and directing career that wasn't limited to zombies, though he remained firmly planted in the horror genre. He will certainly be missed.

All of his "dead" films up to that point had been filmed in Pittsburgh, Penn., which became Romero's adopted home after he moved there for college after being born in NY.

Night of the Living Dead didn't use the word "zombie", previously depicted as a living person enchanted through voodoo, but it set the ground rules for the zombie genre: Slow-moving undead flesh-eaters whose bite kills and infects its victims, turning them into zombies.

He exec produced and updated his own screenplay for Tom Savini's 1990 remake of "Night of the Living Dead". He also directed other horror features like Creepshow, Martin, Monkey Shines, The Dark Half, and Bruiser. In fact, just recently, he was working on a new flick called Road of the Dead, which the director described as The Fast and The Furious but with zombies.

In 1978, he went back to the Zombie theme with the movie "Dawn of the Dead", which grossed more than $55 million. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, then began shooting shorts and commercials, including a segment of "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood". At his side were Suzanne Desrocher Romero, his wife of almost six years, and daughter Tina.