George A. Romero, father of the zombie film, is dead at 77
By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK – George Romero, whose classic “Night of the Living Dead” and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77.
Romero died Sunday following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. Romero’s family said he died while listening to the score of “The Quiet Man,” one of his favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher, and daughter, Tina Romero, by this side.
Romero is credited with reinventing the movie zombie with his directorial debut, the 1968 cult classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” The movie set the rules imitators lived by: Zombies move slowly, lust for human flesh and can only be killed when shot in the head. If a zombie bites a human, the person dies and returns as a zombie.
Horror film director George A. Romero poses on the red carpet with zombies just before the premiere of his latest motion picture, “Land of The Dead,” during Cine Vegas, Saturday, June 18, 2005, at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
A still photo from the original “Night of the Living Dead” from 1968. The iconic zombie movie written and produced by Geroge Romero. Romero died Sunday of lung cancer at age 77.