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Horror Heavyweights Pay Tribute to George A. Romero

tribute art by "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin

The importance and influence of George A. Romero, not just to the horror world but to cinema at large, simply cannot be overstated. Back in 1968, Romero didn’t just create the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, he also revolutionized independent film and changed the horror genre forever.

There’s not a filmmaker working within the horror space today who doesn’t owe a debt to George Romero, nor is there a horror fan who hasn’t been hugely impacted by his work. And never have both of these things been more clear than in the past 24 hours, in the wake of the devastating news that the godfather of zombie cinema passed away.

Losing a legend like George Romero is incredibly upsetting to us all, but some comfort can be taken from the outpouring of social media love that follows such depressing news. Our disagreements and political viewpoints have been temporarily cast aside as we come together to pay tribute to a fallen icon, and it’s been beautiful to see.

We will be paying tribute to George Romero in our own ways this week here on BD, but in the meantime, we wanted to share some touching tribute tweets from some of horror’s true masters. From longtime friends like Stephen King and Tom Savini to fans such as Edgar Wright and James Gunn, the entirety of the horror world is mourning today.

There will never be another like Romero, that’s for sure.



  • Matt

    Wonderful and well-deserved tributes for an iconic legend. We’ll not see his like again.

  • David Smith

    Just don’t come back George… we ,love you

    • Kaijudude

      I was just thinking that. Lol #RIPGeorgeromereo

  • Jonny Folk Horror

    Often imitated, NEVER equaled. RIP George x

  • Necro

    Just got back from my Grandmother’s funeral and saw this! Oh what a bad day! So sorry to hear this! A true icon of the best genre, a pioneer, and a great director whose influence will live on forever! R.I.P. Mr. Romero and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    • Grimphantom

      Sorry for your loss too.

      • Necro

        Thanks Grim I appreciate that!

    • Evan3

      Sorry to hear Necro. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Evan3

    That’s the greatest thing Robert Rodriguez has written in ages. And of course, as with the celebs, I’ll miss him greatly. I used Night of the Living Dead to get my wife into horror films. So thanks for that Mr. Romero.

  • Big Ol’ Richard

    In a perfect world, he will come back as a zombie. Seriously in a zombie apocalypse, what an honor to be eated by George Romero.

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