RIP George A. Romero

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  1. retro

    retro Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2004
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    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.

    RIP George. Thanks for some amazingly influential films, not only to an entire movie genre but video games, too.
  2. Topsnek

    Topsnek Snack Eater

    Jan 2, 2017
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    Goddamn it. Looks like 2016 is bleeding over into 2017. RIP George.
  3. Syclopse

    Syclopse .

    Dec 17, 2013
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    He also stars in a Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies map Call of the Dead, good map too.

    From a quick wiki:
    The level is the first to feature actual celebrities fighting off zombies and features George A. Romero as one of the zombies.

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  4. Johnny

    Johnny Gran Turismo Freak and Site Supporter 2013,2015 Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2004
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    Damn, this is sad news. I instantly remembered a interview from a zombie documentary, when he said they made little money on the Night of the Living Dead, because the name was registered to the distributor. What surprised me was that he actually made fun of the situation. The guy just really loved what he did and seemed very down to earth.. I really hope he finally gets the respect he deserves from the movie industry.

    Not only he created a new genre of horror movies, but helped many generation of make-up artists, special effects and so on. I can imagine how devastated guys like Tom Savini and many others must feel right now.

    RIP George.
  5. _XBOX_

    _XBOX_ Active Member

    Jun 16, 2017
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    RIP master George A. Romero
  6. MBMM

    MBMM Powered by Pied Piper

    Aug 19, 2013
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    This is definitely a shame. Heavily influenced an entire genre. Not many filmmakers can say that.
  7. MonkeyBoyJoey

    MonkeyBoyJoey 70's Robot Anime GEPPY-X (PS1) Fanatic

    Mar 1, 2015
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    Rest in piece George, you changed the industry for the better and made some great movies while you were at it. Why is the middle of this decade terrible?

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