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George A. Romero rarely had it easy. From the beginning, he faced obstacles to getting his vision on screen and condemnation once he succeeded in doing so. It took him 20 years to make his way into the big leagues, yet faced frustrating interference once he did. Yet today, the work endures. He never abandoned his vision, even when it prevented him from having an easier time of the process, and his movies, once attacked as grotesque exploitation, are now properly celebrated as landmarks of cinematic horror.
Indeed, Romero not invented more than a new and enduring kind of zombie movie when he directed “Night of the Living Dead” 50 years ago; in many ways, he invented independent horror cinema as we know it. There had been lots of off-Hollywood fright films before “Night” hit screens in 1968, of course—even some showcasing graphic if cheaply executed gore, like the Herschell Gordon Lewis flicks. »
- Michael Gingold
The film industry was left in mourning on Sunday evening when horror mastermind George A. Romero passed away at the age of 77.
Often cited as the founding father of the zombie genre, Romero was a creator ahead of his time, and his living dead defied convention to inspire a generation of actors and filmmakers including Edgar Wright (see: Shaun of the Dead), Ben Wheatley, and Alice Lowe.
What makes George A. Romero’s death particularly saddening is that the illustrious filmmaker was due to attend the annual Fantasia Film Festival to promote Road of the Dead, an apocalyptic thriller from the mind of Matt Birman that blends Fast and Furious, Mad Max, and the undead. Romero had planned to produce the film, prompting Birman to relay a heartfelt message to IndieWire.
- Michael Briers
Chicago – The man that practically invented the modern Zombie film genre had met his own demise. Director George A. Romero passed away on July 16th, 2017, in Los Angeles. He was 77. Romero launched a whole new wave of horror with “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968, and put Pittsburgh (Pa) on the film location map.
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He was born in the Bronx, New York, and graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, which began his Pittsburgh connection. He stayed there afterwards, and formed Image Ten Productions, which shot commercials and (famously) a segment for the broadcast-from-Pittsburgh “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” On a shoestring budget and using local settings, “Night of the Living Dead” was released in 1968. Directed and co-written (with John Russo) by Romero, it would immediately cause a sensation in the horror genre. After some cult »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
George Romero’s passing on Sunday at the age of 77 came just days before the legendary director was set to pitch his latest project, “Road of the Dead,” to financiers at Frontières, the Fantasia International Film Festival’s annual film co-production market. Romero planned to produce the zombie movie, and even had plans for four more films, according to Matt Birman, Romero’s longtime collaborator who is still attached to direct “Road of the Dead.”
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Romero wrote all four of the movies, one of which Birman co-wrote. Two are based on novels, two are original stories; only one, a comedy, is a zombie project. Birman is determined to bring them all to the big screen.
“I will stop at nothing to get them made! For him and with him,” Birman said in an email to IndieWire. Just two weeks ago, »
- Graham Winfrey
Ryan Lambie Jul 18, 2017
In April 1968, director George A Romero threw some reels of film in the trunk of his car and took a long drive from Pittsburgh to New York. The grainy, black-and-white footage stored on those reels was little short of incendiary: then called Night Of The Flesh Eaters, Romero's film would, in time, change horror cinema forever.
Shot on a budget of just $114,000, Night Of The Living Dead (as it was later renamed) was aggressively lo-fi: its producer, Russell Streiner, also played one of the film's first victims - he gets the immortal line, "They're coming to get you, Barbara" before »
Fantastic Four No More?
It’s been a busy weekend for those in the House of Mouse following the bi-annual D23 expo, but an announcement that many were hoping for never came to be. On the opening day, Marvel Studios had four giant statues covered in sheets, which many presumed would be the reveal of the Fantastic Four finally joining their McU-cohorts, only to have them revealed as the The Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War. Speaking with Yahoo!, Kevin Feige has said there are still no plans – as of yet – for Marvel’s First Family to join the McU. “But too many amazing things have happened over the past 17 years for me ever say never,” he said. “But for now, nothing. There’s a chance that aliens could come down from the sky right now. And we’ll use them in the movie in to save money on visual effects. »
- Luke Owen
Romero was a pioneer in the world of film in the 1960s, bringing the iconic Night Of The Living Dead to screens in 1968. The film is one of the first to feature the modern ‘zombie’, drawing inspiration from Richard Matheson’s novel ‘I Am Legend’.
Over the years, Romero directed many more movies, including The Crazies, The Dark Half, Martin, Monkey Shines, Knightriders and Bruiser. There were also the many ‘Dead’ sequels, including 1978’s Dawn Of The Dead, and 1985’s Day Of The Dead.
Romero is survived by his wife and his daughter.
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- Paul Heath
When you think of what a zombie movie is, you have George A. Romero to thank for that. While the term "zombie" existed previously, even in movies, it was his 1968 indie horror masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead, that gave us the iconic version of the undead monsters we know today. Romero continued from there with the satirical 1978 follow-up Dawn of the Dead plus the sequels Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead and the upcoming Road of the Dead, which arrives next year directed by Matt Birman from Romero's script. In addition to his zombie classics, Romero also directed the horror movies Creepshow, an anthology inspired by old horror comic books, The Crazies, Monkey Shines...
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- Christopher Campbell
When George Romero died at the age of 77, he was in the process of developing more zombie movies with the insightful Diy ethos that first put him on the map nearly 50 years ago with “Night of the Living Dead.” The horror community has embraced Romero over the years, and as the decades wore on, he went from being one of the genre’s most exciting contributors to its preeminent guru. Here’s an overview of the factors that contributed his legacy.
The Modern Zombie Movie
While the initial concept of zombies dates back to a mix of African and Haitian folklore, George A. Romero cemented the modern vision with his seminal 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead.” While the word “zombie” is never uttered in the film, his spin on the lurching undead forever changed pop culture. The director cemented this legacy with five more films in the “Night of the Living Dead” series, »
- Eric Kohn and William Earl
Tony Sokol Jul 17, 2017
Director George A Romero, who changed horror films forever, has died at the age of 77.
The legendary director George A Romero, who changed the landscape of horror films with his low-budget, independent black and white 1968 zombie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, has died at the age of 77.
According to a statement from his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald, Romero died Sunday in his sleep while listening to the soundtrack of one his favorite films, The Quiet Man from 1952, following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” Romero was surrounded by family, his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero.
What a body of work he leaves behind.
Night Of The Living Dead was made by Romero and his friends in Pittsburgh on a budget of $114,000 and went on to become an iconic statement of horror, pulling in $30 million. The movie was based on Richard Matheson »
Some sad news this evening, with Variety reporting that legendary filmmaker George A. Romero has passed away in his sleep following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer. He was 77 years old.
The godfather of the zombie movie, Romero made his filmmaking debut in 1968 with the hugely influential Night of the Living Dead, which was followed by the sequels Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, along with the more recent Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.
In addition to his zombie series, Romero directed a number of other projects, including The Crazies, Creepshow and The Dark Half. He had recently announced that he would be writing and producing another instalment of the Dead franchise, Road of the Dead, which just this past week he described as “The Fast and the Furious with zombies.” »
- Gary Collinson
The horror filmmaker died following a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer" while listening to the score of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, his producing partner Peter Grunwald told the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to Romero's revered, influential Zombie Trilogy – 1968's Night of the Living Dead, 1978's Dawn of the Dead and 1985's Day of the Dead – the director also helmed horror films like The Crazies, »
Legendary horror filmmaker George A. Romero, best known for creating the “Night of the Living Dead” and catapulting the zombie film genre, has passed away. George had been battling lung cancer. He died Sunday in his sleep surrounded by his family as the score to his favorite film “The Quiet Man" played, according to the L.A. Times who reported it first. George's 1968 cult classic "Night of the Living Dead" spawned a bunch of sequels including “Dawn of the Dead, »
- TMZ Staff
The director died in his sleep following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement from his manager Chris Roe.
“Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, 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,” the statement said. “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.”
Made in Pittsburgh on a budget of $114,000, “Night of the Living Dead” made $30 million and became a cult classic. Romero’s friends and associates in his Image Ten production company pooled their funds »
- Pat Saperstein
For years, he's brought the dead to life in books like Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin, so it's rather fitting that prolific author Jonathan Maberry has now teamed up with the legendary George A. Romero to co-edit an anthology set within the early stages of the zombie uprising in Night of the Living Dead. Titled Nights of the Living Dead, the new anthology is now available from St. Martin's Press (check out our giveaway here), and to celebrate, we caught up with Maberry for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his work on the living dead dream project, and we also have a claustrophobic excerpt from his short story "Lone Gunman."
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Jonathan. How did the opportunity come about to collaborate on a Night of the Living Dead anthology with the legend himself, George A. Romero?
- Derek Anderson
Often credited as the founding father of the zombie genre – itself one of the most enduring and time-honored genres in all of entertainment – George A. Romero is a name that evokes a tremendous amount of love and admiration when it comes to horror flicks that are at once terrifying, yet oddly satirical.
It all began with the release of Night of the Living Dead back in ’68, a micro-budget horror movie that proved to be hugely significant for both Romero and the zombie sub-genre, and its legacy is still being felt to this day. Indeed, the Living Dead have permeated popular culture to such an extent that it’d be quicker to count the number of apocalyptic horror films that haven’t been influenced by Romero’s decorated body of work, rather than the ones that have.
And though he isn’t in the director’s chair this time around, George A. Romero »
- Matt Joseph
George A. Romero may be well into his 70s, but he is still trying to do some new things in the realm of zombie movies. His latest flick, Road of the Dead, is trying to secure financing, but as new details keep coming to light, how can this movie not get made? The movie has been described as a hybrid between Road Warrior and Rollerball with some Ben-Hur style zombie racing. Now, Romero has revealed even more details about the upcoming zombie movie.
The man behind Night of the Living Dead and the original Dawn of the Dead, among others, recently spoke with Rue Morgue and dished some details on Road of the Dead. In the interview, he gave a more in-depth description of the plot, revealing that scientists have figured out how to make zombies stop eating people. Here's what he had to say about it.
"It's set in »
Often credited as the founding father of the zombie genre – itself one of the most enduring and time-honored genres in all of entertainment – George A. Romero is a name that evokes a tremendous amount of love and admiration when it comes horror flicks that are at once terrifying, yet oddly satirical.
It all began with the release of Night of the Living Dead back in ’68, a micro-budget horror movie that proved to be hugely significant for both Romero and the zombie sub-genre, and its legacy is still being felt to this day. Indeed, the Living Dead have permeated popular culture to such an extent that it’d be quick to count the number of apocalyptic horror films that haven’t been influenced by Romero’s decorated body of work, rather than the ones that have.
And though he isn’t in the director’s chair this time around, George A. Romero »
- Michael Briers
The godfather of zombie cinema is at it again. Though he sadly won't be in the director's chair this time around, George A. Romero is gearing up to produce his next zombie movie, Road of the Dead. The project is essentially a Nascar zombie movie, which is certainly something new within the realm of zombie movies and, given how many zombie movies have been made over the years, that is a pretty big accomplishment. Now, the first poster for Road of the Dead has been unveiled and it looks appropriately badass.
The Road of the Dead artwork was revealed by Bloddy Disgusting ahead of this year's Fantasia International Film Festival, which takes place in Montreal from July 20-23. George A. Romero's zombie flick will be at the festival in an attempt to secure financing. Fingers crossed. The poster paints Road of the Dead as a zombie movie taking place »
Announced back in March, Sony are pushing forward with their R-rated Venom spin-off movie by revealing that Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) will be putting on the symbiote suit with Ruben Flischer (Zombieland) directing. The movie goes into production this Fall, and will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read more here.
Speaking of long-gestating projects, and Universal Studios may have found their replacement for Antoine Fuqua on their Scarface remake by arranging talks with David Ayer (Suicide Squad). Ayer is not confirmed yet, and he’s got a busy schedule coming up with Suicide Squad spin-off Gotham City Sirens over at DC and Warner Bros. Read more here.
He’LL Be Back
- Luke Owen
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