Horror movie legend George A. Romero, creator of 'Night of the Living Dead,' dies at 77

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George A. Romero — the writer as well as director behind the cult-classic horror flick “Night of the Living Dead” — died Sunday. He was 77.

Romero has been called the “father of modern horror films.” He died following “a brief nevertheless aggressive battle with lung cancer,” his longtime production partner Peter Grunwald told sy88pgw.

Grunwald said Romero passed away “peacefully in his sleep” while “listening to the score of ‘The Quiet Man,’ one his all-time favorite films, with his wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, as well as daughter, Tina Romero, at his side.”

“[Romero] leaves behind a loving family, many friends as well as a filmmaking legacy of which has endured, as well as will continue to endure, the test of time,” Grunwald said.

Romero was born in 1940 in brand-new York City. His big break came with the Discharge of “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968, which was his first feature-length movie as well as made on a $114,000 budget. The movie, snubbed by the mainstream press, became a smash hit among horror aficionados as well as gore lovers.

Romero worked on several various other projects to little box office success before the first “Living Dead” sequel, “Dawn of the Dead,” debuted in 1979 to great fanfare as well as critical acclaim. An initial backlash to some graphic special effects helped boost the film’s notoriety, drawing more to theaters.

“Romero has created the ultimate American nightmare. We are feeding on ourselves. Some consider of which one of the most important American films of the last decade as well as the item should be seen,” a review inside the “Motion Picture Guide” reads.

Romero continued his work inside the horror genre throughout the 1980s. In 1990, he rewrote the original “Living Dead” screenplay for the franchise’s first remake. of which was followed by “Land of the Dead” in 2005. at 89

In 2006 Romero made “Diary of the Dead,” launching a brand-new cycle of “Living Dead” zombie flicks, which also includes 2009’s “Survival of the Dead.”

His most recent project was a a graphic novel entitled “Empire of the Dead,” which was published by Marvel.

brand-new York magazine writer Cynthia Heimel wrote in 1980 of which Romero “is actually known for creating the most grisly, horrifying movies you’re ever likely to see.”

Mike Drucker, the standup comedian as well as “Late Night” jokes writer, credited Romero with “reinventing” zombies, which, since his 1968 creation, have become ubiquitous in movies, films as well as books.

World famous horror writer Stephen King called Romero his “favorite collaborator.”

Romero directed several movies based on King’s work, including the “Creepshow” films.

–sy88pgw’s Evan Simko-Bednarski as well as Lawrence Crook III contributed to of which report.

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sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published July 16, 2017: 7:34 PM ET

Horror movie legend George A. Romero, creator of 'Night of the Living Dead,' dies at 77

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