Romero, Night of the Living Dead director, has died aged 77

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Edgar Wright has paid tribute to Night Of The Living Dead director George A Romero after his death at the age of 77.

USA filmmaker George A. Romero, whose 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead spawned the zombie movie genre, died on Sunday aged 77, according to his manager. The film was produced on a very small budget, but over the years, it has become one of the biggest influences on modern horror films and spawned the zombie subgenre, which has seen a revival in the last decade.

After the success of that film, Romero stuck to the horror genre, directing 20 films including Stephen King adaptations like 1982's "Creepshow" and 1993's "The Dark Half". The visionary passed away while listening to a score from one of his favorite film's while his wife Suzanne and daughter Tina were at his side. Distinguishing Day of the Dead from the films and popular TV series that came after it, Romero added: "My film needed to be done right when it was done, because that sort of shopping mall was completely new". Ironically, the creatures in the film are never once called zombies; in the script, Romero merely referred to them as "ghouls". Safe journey, George." Director Guillermo del Toro shared wrote, "Romero has passed away.

The director, who had been battling lung cancer, died in his sleep, his manager Chris Roe said in a statement. When asked about his fascination with zombies, Romero told NPR "In my work, [it's] usually the humans that are the worst".

Romero was best known for his "Night of the Living Dead" franchise.

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. He later graduated from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University.

George A. Romero was born in February of 1940 in New York City.

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