Iconic zombie film director George A. Romero passes away
At age 77, the director who created the Living Dead movie franchise, George A Romero, has passed away.
Some might argue George A Romero pioneered the zombie film franchise with his wildly popular Living Dead series of films. The first film in the Living Dead series was Night of the Living Dead, a cult classic which saw release in 1968.
Many film fanatics and zombie enthusiasts often cite the 1968 Night of the Living Dead as the film which instigated the zombie genre. Marking one of the earliest uses of shambling corpses in film culture, George A Romero’s early seemed to have a profound effect on pop culture as zombies began to emerge from all corners of the medium.
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From the drama of The Walking Dead to parodies like Shaun of the Dead, Zombies have become a staple of film culture. The American film maker spent a large portion of his career exploring the concept of zombies with films such as “Dawn of the Dead” and “Day of the Dead” all expanding on the franchise.
Many directors have taken to social media to honour the legend George A Romeo, citing him as a huge influence on their career in film. The directors influence on the film medium has been far reaching and he will certainly be missed. Throughout the world, fans of his work have taken a moment to remember this influential director.