The director, writer, editor and actor George A. Romero has died aged 77, after losing a short battle with lung cancer. Romero started his film career shooting commercials and short films. He formed Image Ten Productions in the late Sixties and co-wrote the script for Night of the Living Dead with John Russo, a film he directed and edited, as well as being cinematographer. This was a pioneering film in the modern zombie genre, although Romero doesn't think of his creatures as zombies, but something new. Nevertheless, the films set out certain "rules" that have been used in many other zombie movies, not least the slow-moving, arms-stretched undead who feast on the living. Throughout his career, he was involved in the production of several other Dead films, including Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead and two Day of the Dead remakes. He also wrote and directed Season of the Witch, The Crazies, Martin and Knightriders, as well as working with Stephen King, directing Creepshow and The Dark Half, the latter of which he also wrong the screenplay for, as well as Stephen's segment of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. Monkey Shines, which he directed and wrote the screenplay for, won numerous film festival awards. He also rewrote the Night of the Living Dead screenplay for a reboot, which make-up legend Tom Savini directed. He dabbled with the video game industry, firstly by directing a live-action commercial for Biohazard 2. He also worked with Hip Interactive on a game called City of the Dead, started in 2004. Footage was shown at E3 2005, but the company went bankrupt that year before completing the game. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40627029 RIP George. Thanks for some amazingly influential films, not only to an entire movie genre but video games, too.