It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that George A. Romero, 77, passed away on Sunday. According to the L.A. Times, Romero died in his sleep after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. His wife, Suzanne, and daughter, Tina, were by his side.
Romero got his start directing Night of the Living Dead, which completely reinvented zombies for a new generation and is considered the definitive zombie film. He followed it up with other films such as Season of the Witch, The Crazies, and Martin. In 1978, Romero resurrected the dead for Dawn of the Dead, a sequel considered to be just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. In 1985, Romero directed Day of the Dead, which concluded his first Dead trilogy.
Romero directed numerous other horror films including Creepshow, Monkey Shines, Two Evil Eyes (where he teamed with Dario Argento), The Dark Half, and Bruiser.
In 1998, after directed a promo for Capcom’s Resident Evil 2, Romero was approached with the opportunity to direct a live-action adaptation of Resident Evil. He declined at first, saying he didn’t want to make another zombie film, but soon relented and wrote a script. However, his version was turned down in favor of Paul W.S. Anderson’s.
Beginning in 2005, Romero unleashed more zombie carnage in the form of his second trilogy of zombie films: Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009). Survival… marks his final directorial effort.
Tonight would be an appropriate time to light a candle and watch Night of the Living Dead, or another Romero movie of your choice.
Our thoughts are with Romero’s close friends and family.