The Father of Zombie Movies
Produced Some Retarded Children
It all started with George Romero
- I am dating myself, but I was there on opening night in 1978 to see Dawn of the Dead. It was a B movie crappy gore fest and not my thing at all. Zombies?!? Who cares.
- Then came Resident Evil in 2002. My interest in Zombies moderately increased, but I was still not a fan.
- With Zack Snyder's 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake things got more interesting.
- Then in 2010 The Walking Dead exploded on the world in a classic six episode mini-series. I, and the rest of the planet, was blown away by a quality, well written, well acted zombie film. The rest is history.
(Hollywood Reporter) - His low-budget body of work, which included 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'Dawn of the Dead,' creeped out audiences for decades
George A. Romero, the legendary writer-director from Pittsburgh who made the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead for $114,000, thus spawning an unrelenting parade of zombie movies and TV shows, has died. He was 77.
Romero, who put out five other zombie movies after a copyright blunder cost him millions of dollars in profits on his wildly popular first one, died Sunday of lung cancer, his producing partner, Peter Grunwald, told the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the news. Romero's family confirmed his death to the newspaper as well.
Romero's manager, Chris Roe, posted on Facebook that the director died while "listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side. He died peacefully in his sleep following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer and leaves behind a loving family, many friends and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time."
Romero's 1978 sequel Dawn of the Dead was made for $1.5 million and grossed $55 million. He followed that by writing and directing Day of the Dead (1985), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007) and Survival of the Dead (2009), a decomposing body of work that earned him the nickname Father of the Zombie Film.
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Dawn of the Dead (1978)