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George A. Romero Has Passed Away at the Age of 77

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The great George A. Romero, regarded by us horror fans as the “Godfather of the Dead”, has passed away Sunday after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” reports the LA Times via the filmmaker’s longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero, who was 77 years old, died in his sleep while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s The Quiet Man, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said. Romero created the zombie genre as the co-writer (with John A. Russo) and director of the 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead, which went to show future generations of filmmakers such as Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter that generating big scares didn’t require big budgets. Living Dead spawned an entire school of zombie knockoffs, and Romero’s sequels included 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, 1985’s Day of the Dead, 1990’s Land of the Dead, 2007’s Diary of the Dead and 2009’s Survival of the Dead. He had been developing the next installment in the Dead series, which was to be titled Road of the Dead and directed by Matt Birman. Romero also directed my absolute favorite vampire movie, 1978’s Martin, as well as 1973’s The Crazies, 1981’s Knightriders, 1982’s Creepshow, 1988’s Monkey Shines, 1990’s Two Evil Eyes, and 1993’s Dark Half. Romero was a titan in the horror genre and has left a void that will never be filled. He is immortal to us all as we’ll never forget what he did for the genre. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family, while we as a horror community will mourn until the end of time. Updating…


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  • Munchie

    What???

    • Munchie

      I mean, what??? For real??? Fucking hell. R.I.P.

  • fannypack aficionado

    Wow.

  • Vinnie Vincent’s Dead Dog

    It would be very ironic if he came back as an undead to eat our brains. Rest in Peace Mr Romero.

    • Munchie

      I sort of hope he’s Zombie Zero. It would be fitting.

  • Angie Bowman Dance

    That’s quite a shock. A real crappy one. RIP and thank you so much

  • Dexter Morgano

    Rest in peace. Legend.

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    Rest well George A. Romero. You birthed a staple in horror and will continue to influence future horror auteurs forever.

  • jasonlives1986

    I saw this coming when you guys wrote an article the other day about his dead movies.

  • Matt

    Goodbye George, I’m going to miss you. I, for one, was looking forward to your next project. I hope they still do it in your honor. You’ve been part of my life for nearly 40 years, and your memory will live on in me still.

  • Dan

    Straight BALLER, RIP George!!!!!

  • Staniel Richoltdz

    I’ll always be thankful for what he brought to the horror genre. Aside from his legendary earlier work, his stories translated well into modern horror. I regard the 2010 remake of The Crazies (which he executive produced) as one of the greater horror films of recent. The same can be said for ’04 Dawn of the Dead

  • Crooked Mile

    LEGEND.

  • He passed into immortality. He’s a legend and his name will echo through the centuries. Thank you for everything Mr. Romero. Thank you for all the scares, the shivers, the spooks, the laughs, all the emotions your visions and your wonderful brrraaaiiinnsss gave us. 🙂

  • Bloodkry

    Thank you George for being one of the greatest contributors to the horror genre. Your legacy is always live on and may you now rest in peace.

  • Slobes

    “Land of the Dead” was 2005, not the 90s. Great fact checking. #nitpicking

    • Corey

      Probably just a typo.

      Savini’s Night of the Living Dead came out in 1990.

  • Ocelot006 .

    ‘Road of the Dead’ should be scrapped for the more relevant ‘George Of The Dead’.

  • Grimphantom

    Really shocking to hear along how Cancer has taken away people that we know so well. His legacy won’t be forgotten since he is consider The King of the Dead.

    • J Jett

      so true Grimphantom. cancer fucking sucks.

  • Fuck you death.

    • Jeff Rouble

      That’s exactly what I just said to my girlfriend!

  • Travis_Bickle

    All I can say is Thank You….for everything you did. Rip

    • J Jett

      idiot.

      • Travis_Bickle

        Way to try and troll. Ignored

  • Geoff Peterson

    Into the gates of filmmaking Valhalla.

    He had a near-immeasurable impact on the horror and film making community.

    What a legend.

  • Creepshow

    I was fortunate enough to meet the man. And when I did, I told him what he did to haunt my nightmares as a child. Thanking someone for haunting your dreams sounds weird, but not in this case. Thank you, George. Love ya sir!

    • I’m bummed I never got the chance to meet him. He seemed like a genuinely kind soul.

      • Creepshow

        He truly was. The ironic thing about his passing was, last week I bought 3 Creepshow related things. A Mondo poster off of Ebay, a t-shirt, and the new reprint of the Creepshow book. So when I heard this news about him, I figured it happened for a reason. It was a very ironic turn of events.

        • Same with me writing all these Romero-centric articles in the past few weeks. I even sent an email to him just a few days ago. No idea if he received it.

          • Creepshow

            Oh man. Based on all the good things I’ve read about the quality person he was, I bet he would’ve responded.

          • Yeah, I was just a bit too late.

  • Jeff Rouble

    Thank you George for you amazing films! You will be missed dearly, but your legacy will continue!

    RIP

  • Poopispoopy

    RIP George, NOTLD master.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Thank you, Mr. Romero, for making my childhood one full of horror and imagination.

  • Lushen72

    A very sad day indeed. We have lost a legend.

  • Wil McMullen

    RIP George A. Romero….One of horrors truly iconic directors.

    • Chappell Jonathan Chappell

      Only one to make me afraid of zombies.

  • Son of Sham

    I can not express how much this mans films had an impact on my life. I never post or read the boards on any site, but here is where I’ve just learned of his passing, so here is where I sit, numb and in silence, awaiting emotion.

    To a man that I never had the fortune to meet, may I just start by stating the obvious. With Night of the Living Dead you undoubtedly created the modern horror film. The small independent changing cinema forever. But, it was with Day that you first introduced yourself to my little world, and my life was changed forevermore. Thank you, Mr Romero. Thank you with all my heart.

  • Ed Johnson

    Today we lost a True King, of Cinema Royalty!

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    RIP Mr. Romero, you are a legend

  • Sky Commander

    Farewell George I’m eternally grateful to have met you at Fan Expo two years back and have you sign my copy of Dawn of the Dead and really glad you changed your mind to come back one last time to the Zombie genre may you give us another horror masterpiece one last time.

  • Sky Commander

    If anyone could do it it’d be him

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    R.I.P. to a true pioneer. Inspired hordes of hopefuls still imitating his work to this day.

  • Geno1987

    Well, it sucks he had to go but I doubt he would have given us any more good movies had he lived to be 100 considering he peaked with Dawn. RIP to a legend nonetheless.

  • Alejandro Hernandez

    I usually don’t do the RIP thing but this one sucks. I loved watching the original dead trilogy and the newer dead films as well as classics such as Creepshow and Monkey Shines. This one actually made me cry.

  • Trash Patch

    Martin was a triumph. Thank you for everything, our Zombie obsessed culture owes you a profound debt of gratitude. Cheers to a true pioneer and master of horror.

    • Chappell Jonathan Chappell

      Never saw it but I might go rent it now.

      • Trash Patch

        I hope you enjoy it amigo. It will be playing in my house tonight as well. Raising a beer to Romero and all those fans out there also throwing on one of his flicks tonight.

      • It’s a great, underratedfilm flick from his filmography.

        • Chappell Jonathan Chappell

          Tried finding it on iTunes but it’s not ther

  • Horrible Day

    Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

    • Chappell Jonathan Chappell

      That might not be the worst day with that much fornication.

  • Rohan

    Fuck. Not surprised though, when I saw him last year he looked like he was in his 90’s. Don’t smoke kids.

    • Chappell Jonathan Chappell

      I’m still smoking so I can be the next James Hatfield.

  • Chappell Jonathan Chappell

    The beginning and end of zombies.

  • Vader the White

    May he rest in peace.

    • Sky Commander

      He isn’t going to rest he’s gonna rise like the zombies he invented

  • RIP Mr.Romero youre the reason I got into horror movies, Night of the living dead and day were both classics and still are.

  • Scorned

    Rip MR. ROMERO. You scared the living Beetlejuice out of me. A word to the mortician, please tie his shoe laces together!

  • Buk Lau

    Sad news. Thanks for all that you gave us Mr. Romero.

  • Ted Govostis
  • Darkknight2149

    I am shocked and saddened by this news. Romero is one of those people that, despite being an older gentlement, was still working and active to the point that you don’t even think he can pass away.

    Rest in peace, sir. Thank you for changing genres as we know them.

  • J Jett

    i admit i haven’t really loved his latest projects but i definitely appreciate and respect everything he’s brought to the horror genre. this is really sad news. RIP.

    • Travis_Bickle

      Way to make it about you.

      • AFatalPapercut

        the dead guy probably doesn’t give a shit

        • J Jett

          fuck off dickhead. sound good? good.

          • Buddy Repperton

            Dude, why did you have to turn a memorial thread into a crude, bitchy verbal bitchslap session? Maybe your op was not quite self centered enough to warrant a smart comment, but try to be an adult and just let it go.

          • Joe Brick (TGOL)

            You’re obviously doing a “Travis” here proving that God gets his creation shit wrong infesting the world with douche bag filfth like you and Trav.
            Sadly he leaves me to deal with idiots like you guys.
            Now to the important stuff, RIP George this is so sad for his fans.

          • J Jett

            thanx Joe! 🙂

          • Joe Brick (TGOL)

            You’re welcome, these monkeys haven’t evolved and need to venture back into their trees, they don’t even deserve to be on the same page as us normal peeps.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Leave me out of your BS fights, Look at your and your dummy profile supporting each other. It’s nice to see

          • Joe Brick (TGOL)

            JJ that was a beautiful sound, thanks for that.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Yippie, Jett is trying to shift focus to him again. You are so brave.

      • J Jett

        go fuck yourself douche.

        • Travis_Bickle

          Stop trying to troll, you clearly don’t know what you are doing. Stop trying to shift focus to you. We are on those board to pay homage to George…not you.

          • Buddy Repperton

            Man dies and people want to get all Roger Ebert in the tributes.

          • Joe Brick (TGOL)

            Travis one word isn’t enough to sum you up so I’ll go all out here and use two, “FUCKING IDIOT”.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Yep…lets keep making it about the trolls. RIP George Romero…

          • Joe Brick (TGOL)

            Says the man in the mirror!

          • Travis_Bickle

            That made sense…oh wait…

          • J Jett

            thanx Joe, i agree w/ you.

        • Travis_Bickle

          Look at all your Dummy profiles backing you up. Stand proud!

          • J Jett

            little Travis, can’t handle the fact many people agree w/ me that your attack at me was a douche move? i have 1, count ’em, 1 account only. anyone up-voting my comment are people who happen to agree w/ me that you’re a complete tool. you can dish it out but can’t handle getting it back? LOL,

          • Travis_Bickle

            Somebody made the topic about them…I posted one sentence peewee…it speaks volumes about your character that is how you responded. Please go away, and upvote more of your terrible posts.

          • Joe Brick (TGOL)

            Reaching Travis, that’s lame even for you.

    • I agree, I did find Diary of the Dead surprisingly good a couple years back!

      • Saturn

        Indeed, I personally believe it’s highly underrated.
        Is it as good as the original trilogy? Of course not.
        But is it as terrible as some make out? No.No.No.

        • Toad Wallop

          I have always defended Diary and Survival. I like the zombie mailman that’s chained to the mailbox in Survival, and I like how both movies are tied together. Are they as good as the first 3? No, but they’re as good as, if not better than, Land of the Dead, which I like, but the big production of it is a little much. RIP

  • Joseph Charlesworth

    Rest In Peace George A. Romero. You will live on in our nightmares.

  • Variety did i nice write up on him that’s worth reading.
    *sigh* Can’t believe it. He looked older then 77 to me.

    I will remember seeing Dawn for the first time before i was 10. and having nightmares for days afterwards. LOL
    Good bye, George. And thanks.

  • RJ MacReady

    Damn, this came out of nowhere. RIP and thank you for the amazing zombie genre that wouldn’t exist without you.

  • GinsuVictim

    Tears…
    I’ve never experienced this with any celebrity death, but the man’s work meant so much to me that I’m sitting here with tears running down my face reading the news.
    Thank you, George.

  • Jada Maes

    I’ll watch Bruiser for you tonight, sir. Sleep tight.

  • Shakita Green

    My heart breaks as one of my favorite directors has passed. My condolences to his friends and family. R.I.P Mr. ROMERO.

  • DS Ullery

    This is like being gutted. Words cannot fully encapsulate the impact this gentleman’s work had on me. Romero is one of the reasons I’m into horror. He’s sure as hell the source of my love for zombies.
    The world has lost a visionary today. The horror community has lost our Godfather.

    Add to this the equally awful news that we also lost the amazing Martin Landau today and July 16, 2017 can absolutely go fuck every part of itself.

    RIP , gentlemen. There are not enough ways to say thank you that would cover what you gave us.

    You will be sorely missed.

  • Biscoito18

    Another huge loss. Rest in peace, Legend! Time to remember his classics.

  • Corey

    Dawn of the Dead is still the best zombie film ever made 40 years later. RIP

  • Cure4Humanity

    The awful passing of a legend. Man, this is terrible. RIP George, you taught me that we are the most terrifying monsters of all.

  • Jeremy Wade

    r.i.p

  • Otterlee

    /salute

  • billy131274

    R.I.P.

  • KennyThaKilla
  • American Atheist

    Thank you George for making me a fan of horror. It was my mother’s favorite movie when I was a kid. She would always say that “They’re coming to get you Barbara” line. Great times. Rest in peace and condolences to his family.

    Icons never die. They live forever.

  • Matheus Martins

    Well fuck. As weird as that Road of the Dead sounded like… i was excited anyway because he would be involved….

    A lot of people mostly so called ”horror fans” love to trash about him. Especially because of his last movies, he is a human being, no one is perfect, we are never going to always get things right, plus working with hollywood is something from another world, we dont know what goes behind the scenes, how much people struggle to bring a production to life.

    This dude basically built a undead empire in the entertainment history. 90% of gamers should be glad for this man’s existence because without him there wouldn’t be no resident evil,left 4 dead, dying light, basically any zombie game/mode out there ever.

    • Homeless Joe

      Also there wouldn’t be The Walking Dead and pretty much all modern zombie films and shows.

  • Homeless Joe

    George A. Romero, thank you so much for all that you have done in the Horror genre and horror community. Thank you for refining zombies, thus creating the zombies sub-genre that is still being replicated today. We all are forever thankful for this. You inspired many of us.

    I remember when my dad picked up Night of the Living Dead (1968) Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) all on VHS from our local video store. Us kids were so excited because we would always play horror films when we had company over. Dawn would always be the one we would always play. In honor of celebrating your life, we all will be viewing your films from your rich filmography.

    Thank you, Mr. Romero for putting substance and depth; adding social commentary issues in your films, questioning society on our morality and ethics, meanwhile at the same time, scaring the hell out of us all with your storytelling. Thank you, Mr. Romero. We all love you. May you rest in peace. Long live the King of the Zombies.

    George A. Romero
    (1940-2017)

  • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

    i apologize for asking jesus to stop you from making road of the dead, george.
    🙁

    publish this followup, bloodydisgusting. i dont want people to think i did this to him.

    super sad today.

    • Horrorfiction

      A little too late with the apology there.

      • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

        i know, im a dick. 🙁

  • Josh_the_Jawa

    Glad he was surrounded by those he loved. He was a good man, and his passion for film was is something to be admired. ReSt in piece Romero.

  • Vesuvian Villain

    For all the shit I’ve talked about you, I apologize. I held you up to a standard that was never fair on you because I so loved and respected your early work, which changed my life. The majority of my nightmares as a child were zombie oriented. I could never lock the door in time. I moved in slow motion. I watched my parents get eaten over and over, traumatized. Still, every moment awake was spent obsessing about my favorite monster, and that all came from your head. Even my best friend, an avid horror fan himself, once said to my parents, “He’s the only kid who eats a bowl of chili while he’s watching heads explode on Dawn of the Dead.” It was a proud moment.

    So I owe you a great deal of gratitude. The bottom line is, you were always a hell of a nice guy, and you had the balls to put yourself out there when nobody had your back. Repeatedly. That’s more than I can say for most of us. You will always have my love and respect. Thank you for making me the horror fan I am.

  • Travis Ignaffo

    R.I.P George. You’ll be sadly missed by millions.

  • Really saddened by this news. I might not have enjoyed your new work for a long while but will never forget the huge impact your work had on me as a teenager and how it sparked my love for horror. Dawn will always be my favourite all time movie. RIP Mr Romero.

  • Brad Tyler

    I’m absolutely gutted! George was such a humble, kind and funny man who gave us so much to be grateful for. After all, he directed one of my all time favourite horror films (Day of the Dead), and of course Dawn. My childhood heroes are slowing passing, first Wes Craven, now George Romero, please god, leave John Carpenter alone! R.I.P George, you will be greatly missed 🙁 x

  • Dovinda

    Thank you for the great films that enriched my teenage years. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace George A. Romero.

  • RIP Mr. Romero – you willl be missed. 🙁

  • Saturn

    I wonder though, will there still be more movies in the official “Dead” time-line, or is this the end of the road? (Bad pun intended – just to try to cheer myself up a little, as I’m genuinely at a loss of what to say, aside from God bless you George for all the great movies you gave us, which will live on forever and thank you for sticking to your guns, as much as was possible when it came to making the movies YOU wanted to make, for US, the fans)
    R.I.P. the Emperor Of The Dead.

  • Alanmac

    Sad news. RIP George. Glad you don’t have to put up with us anymore.

  • Trancedjboi1

    George you are and always will be one of my favorite horror directors. I will miss you so much. You are a Horror Icon that I will never forget. I think all of your movies were incredible. Screw all the people that didn’t like certain ones. You were the best. It will take a while for me to realize the reality of you not being here anymore. RIP

  • edie esbie

    Sad. We lost a legend today. Condolences to the Romero family.

  • Jackson

    I heard about his passing and it’s taken me awhile to process it. George was an incredible filmmaker and an incredible man.

    I met him at a convention over 10 years ago, and waited in line for almost 2hrs. We talked for 10 min, to the point where someone from the con actually came over and asked me to keep moving. George shouted at the guy “Come on man, we’re having a conversation here!” He seemed more interested in talking about my work as a filmmaker than his own, and asked if I would send him some of my stuff. He gave me his home phone number and his address. He made it a point to tell me that this was his personal contact info and not his professional, and to please not share it with anyone. I was shaking with excitement and joy when I finally walked away.

    Two weeks later, I was at work and I received a call on my cell phone. The voice on the other line said “Hey, this is George Romero!” I genuinely didn’t believe it, and thought someone was messing with me. He told me that he had been trying to get through to me and left messages on my house line and cell number. George said that he loved my stuff and was actually interested in trying to produce a feature based on one of my shorts, with either him directing or me directing. When I got home that night, my wife and I were losing our minds!

    We had a few more phone calls, mail correspondence, and emails back and forth over the next few weeks, before he told me that he had finally gotten funding for his next “dead” movie (Land of the Dead), and that all projects had to go on hold for now. “It’s my bread and butter, it’s what pays the bills.” He apologized, but he certainly didn’t need to.

    There were only a few more times that we talked personally after that, and our project just kinda faded away. It was a little sad and disappointing, but I will never forget those few weeks that I was actually working on a film with George A. Romero. He may have done this kind of thing with hundreds of other guys, I don’t know. But it meant everything to me to have him reach out to me like that.

    From that moment on though, whenever I would see him at a convention, he would remember my name, ask how things were going with my wife and I, and tell me “One day, we’re gonna do something with that short, man!”

    Sorry this was so long. I just felt like sharing this.

    • Homeless Joe

      No need to apologize. Thank you for sharing that wonderful story. It is great to hear stories like this. It shows you how much he cared and how these celebrities are just normal people that genuinely cares about others. We are here to celebrate and honor the late great Mr. Romero’s life in our own way. Thank you sharing that story and thank you Mr. Romero, you will be greatly missed.

  • sliceanddice

    A man whose quiet influence on cinema is so invisible and yet to potent. He’s done more to influence the cultural zeitgeist than JJ Abrams, Eli Roth, Chris Nolan, Neil Blomkamp, Tarantino or any other director that people love to put on golden-plated pedestals. Did his skills dull in later life? Perhaps. But his wit and observations were always razor-sharp, original and pushing forward a genre of which he was a true parent.

    “It has been established that persons who have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of murder.”

    And with that, a legend began.

  • Sean Robert Hart
  • umaneo

    A gentleman.

  • SupernaturalCat

    Overheard the bad new this morning while out in the kitchen making coffee. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid when Dawn of The Dead was released, which remains a relevant social commentary …hell, even more so now than back in 1980.

    Lung cancer…just awful. I lost one of my best friends to it just this past Nov. He was much younger than George, and while we smoked countless pounds of weed from the mid ’80s to present, he’d never smoked a cigarette in his life. It took him within several months of diagnosis. Sounds as though it likewise went quickly for George. RIP, and god speed, George.

    Airline to Heaven (Woody Guthrie and Wilco)

  • Kevin Lewis

    Romero is still dead. That sucked. Re-watched a the great doco’s on the Day Of The Dead & Dawn Of The Dead DVD’s. What a great, creative well spoken man he was. We all love ya George! Hearts out to his family.

  • Movie_Buff_Daz

    Very sad news!!! One of the best and master of the genre R.I.P

  • WALKTER

    Man this sucks, Romero’s movies are probably more responsible for my horror fandom than any other horror filmmaker. That’s too bad, atleast he had a full life.
    R.I.P and thank you.

  • BreeBennett

    What?! This is so saaaaaad!!!! RIP zombie king.

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  • Daniel Anderson

    He lived a full live with many great experiences. Entertaining millions.

  • MegaDethlok

    Not to mention how he was the inspiration behind The Walking Dead, Resident Evil and soooo many Zombie films, series and videogames! Rest in Power, George!

  • Hack Snyder

    Rest in peace. He was one of the greats of horror and will always be remembered.

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