George A. Romero, director of ‘Night of the Living Dead’, dies aged 77

The Film Doctor team send our love to the family, friends and spirit of George A. Romero, famed for writing and directing Night of the Living Dead, who has died aged 77 of lung cancer.




Romero died Sunday (July 16) after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to long-time producing partner Peter Grunwald in a statement to the LA Times.

The Dawn of the Dead director was listening to the score of 1952’s “The Quiet Man” – one of his favourites – with wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, when he died, said the family.

Night of the Living Dead by George A Romero
Night of the Living Dead by George A Romero
Night of the Living Dead by George A Romero
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Born to a Lithuanian-American mother and Cuban father in New York in 1940, Romero started making films aged 14 before with an 8mm camera before attending Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The filmmaker then shot short films and commercials after graduating – even working as a pageboy on Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) – before launching his feature film career with 1968 zombie horror Night of the Living Dead which he co-wrote with John A. Russo and financed with friends.


Each filmmaker put approximately $10,000 (£7, 630) into the film under the name Image Ten Productions.

The movie was so monumental it went onto spawn a whole franchise including Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.


Romero also adapted the work of internationally acclaimed horror author Stephen King with Creepshow (1982) and The Dark Half (1993) and had Dawn of the Dead remade by Batman Vs Superman director Zack Snyder.


A string of Hollywood stars, including Guillermo del Toro, Stephen King, Max Landis, Mark Gatiss and Greg Nicotero have flooded Twitter with outpourings of praise and emotion after hearing the news.


"I don't think you need to spend $40 million to be creepy. The best horror films are the ones that are much less endowed," Romero once said.




 
 
 
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