George A. Romero, Father of the Zombie Film, Dead at 77


Romero's influence on the horror genre has been massive, as is easily evidenced by the blockbuster success of shows like The Walking Dead.

In 2006 Romero made "Diary of the Dead", launching a new cycle of "Living Dead" zombie flicks, which also includes 2009's "Survival of the Dead".

Romero was well known for his classic "Night of the Living Dead".

"Night Of The Living Dawn" was released in 1968, and it proved a resurrection of the zombie theme.

Famed director George Romero has passed away.

As well as Romero's Zombie Trilogy he also helmed horror films such as The Crazies, Creepshow and Monkey Shines. Upon graduating in 1960, he began directing short films and commercials, including one particularly memorable segment for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood which found the titular star undergoing a tonsillectomy.

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, who was born in the Bronx borough of NY, was drawn to telling stories about monsters that are familiar to the people they terrorize, said his business partner, Peter Grunwald.

"His zombie films alone are the work of a major satirist, being highly vivid socio-political metaphors and sometimes better records of the years in which they were made than countless serious dramas".

According to Romero, the difference between the old and up-to-date horror movies was not the desire to make the audience feel unpleasant, but it was quite a mature and slender idea. "Now, my God. I do think the popularity of the creature has come from video games, not film".

Born in the Bronx, Romero's father was Cuban and his mother Lithuanian. He eventually graduated Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He was with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher, and his daughter Tina Romero when he passed away.