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Horror directors pay tribute to late zombie-film legend George Romero

Jordan Peele, John Carpenter, and more remember the father of zombie movies.

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Jul 17, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 11:40 pm CDT

George Romero, director of Night of the Living Deadpassed away at age 77 on Sunday following a battle with lung cancer.

Romero debuted Night of the Living Dead in 1968, which launched the modern era of zombie films. He followed that film up with a zombie franchise that was meant to frighten but also comment on the social and political climate: Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and Land of the Dead. He also directed the sorely underrated 1978 vampire film, Martin, and ’80s horror monolith Creepshow.

In the 2009 horror doc Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue, Romero said he’s “always sympathized with the monsters” and that Night of the Living Dead was about “revolution.”

On social media, directors and creators called out the political and social influence of his films. Baby Driver director Edgar Wright wrote a remembrance of Romero and detailed how his work influenced Shaun of the Dead.

H/T L.A. Times

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*First Published: Jul 17, 2017, 11:04 am CDT