Horror Movie Legend George Romero Dies At 77

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

Romero passed away at the age of 77 on Sunday according to The LA Times. This icon has been battling lung cancer and has finally gone home.

His longtime producer Peter Grunwald told LA Times that he passed away while listening to the score from 1952 film The Quiet Man, said to be one of his favourite films.

The film community and fans around the world are saddened by the loss of George A. Romero, best known for the Night of the Living Dead (1968) and its sequels.

Romero leaves behind a legacy that very few can match as only a handful of creators loom as largely over the horror genre.

Romero was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1940. You can see some of those below. He had been working on a TV series called Empire of the Dead and is credited as a writer and producer on George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead. A report from Entertainment Tonight has further shared that his first film centered on a group of people who were trapped inside the farm house.

Romero's influence also extends to the city of Pittsburgh, where he attended Carnegie Mellon and premiered Night of the Living Dead.

He went back to zombies with "Dawn of the Dead", which made more than $55 million on a half a million dollar budget, then made his third Dead movie with "Day of the Dead" in 1985. He did more Zombie movies throughout his career including "Day of the Dead". He is survived by his wife and daughter.

"Night of the Living Dead" featured black actor Duane Jones in the lead, which was unusual at a time when race relations were testing the country.

Author Stephen King made his screenwriting debut with the 1982 horror anthology Creepshow, directed by Romero.

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.

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