George A. Romero, Creator of the Modern Zombie Genre, Dies at 77

“I always thought of the zombies as being about revolution, one generation consuming the next.”

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George A. Romero, the legendary filmmaker behind such classic zombie films Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead has sadly passed away on Sunday from complications from lung cancer. Romero was 77.

Viewed by many as the creator of the modern zombie genre, Romero’s Night of the Living Dead — which was made on a budget of $114,00 USD and went on to gross $30 million USD — was the first film to introduce the concept of zombies as undead, human-eating cannibals, and helped introduce the concept of a “splatter film.”

A statement released by his manager on Romero’s official Facebook page provided further details:

“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. 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.”

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