Night of the Living Dead director George A Romero passes away at 77

Aarti Iyengar
Creator of zombie genre, George A. Romero, is no more. He succumbed to lung cancer and died in a Toronto hospital.

Creator of zombie genre, George A. Romero, is no more. He succumbed to lung cancer and died in a Toronto hospital. His business partner confirmed the news. The filmmaker was 77. Hollywood celebs like Kumail Nanjiani, Zack Snyder, Stephen King Edgar Wright and many more tweeted in memory of Romero. The filmmaker brought in a new genre of movies altogether with Night of the Living Dead and hence created a legacy. The series and sequels of the horror movie inspired so many filmmakers to explore more in the said genre.

The late filmmaker wrote and directed the 1968 classic, where the dead come back to life to haunt the living by feasting on them! About five sequels including the 1978 box office hit Dawn of the Dead were all made by George. “A true legend,” actor Kumail Nanjiani said on Twitter. “Started a new genre on his own. Who else can claim that?” On the same horror genre writer Stephen King said, “Sad to hear my favorite collaborator–and good old friend–George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you.” He said that right. The late filmmaker, who was born in the Bronx borough of New York, was drawn to talking about monsters that haunt humans, said his business partner, Peter Grunwald. “They’re not crazy, fantastical monsters. They’re our neighbors, our relatives, our friends. They’re kind of scarier for that, scarier than big, special effects, sci-fi monsters,” Grunwald said.

His work inspired generation of filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Robert Rodriguez and the late Wes Craven, according to Grunwald. Guillermo has quite a few works in the horror genre field to his credit. Romero’s business partner stated that the late celebrity owned a small commercial production company. For the same, he had to convince nine others to put up a small amount of money to finance “Night of the Living Dead,” said Grunwald.