Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

This icon has been battling lung cancer and has finally gone home.

Ten years later Romero made Dawn Of The Dead, described by film critic Roger Ebert as "violent, brutal and appalling", as well as "savagely merciless in its satiric view of American consumer society". You can see some of those below. 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 a statement given to the LA Times his family revealed that George had passed away in his sleep after after a battle with lung cancer.

Romero, who directed the 1968 cult classic "Night of the Living Dead", died Sunday in Toronto, his manager Chris Roe announced.

Filmmaking great George Romero has died at age 77.

Musician and director Rob Zombie, who directed the films House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and 2007's Halloween remake, also posted a tribute to the "zombie master".

Undead zombies in a still from the 1968 film “Night Of The Living Dead.”
Pictorial Parade Getty Images Undead zombies in a still from the 1968 film “Night Of The Living Dead.”

Here's the mastermind himself talking about the impact of Night of the Living Dead in 2012 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. He filmed Night of the Living Dead in that city on a $114,000 budget.

The third "Living Dead" film, "Day of the Dead", came out in 1985 and was followed by "Land of the Dead" in 2005. The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Monkey Shines (1988) and segments of Creepshow (1982) and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) are among some of his stand-out credits.

In 2014, Romero crossed over to comic books with the series "Empire of the Dead", which was released by Marvel with hopes of adapting the series for television as well.

Romero's wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and his daughter, Tina Romero, were at his side as he died. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and most of his films are set in/around the Pittsburgh area.

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