I am back to deliver sad news: George A. Romero, grandfather of all zombie films, has passed away at the age of 77 due to lung cancer. It is completely fair to say that without Romero’s work, the zombie film as we know it would surely not exist today. And that in turn would mean no television shows like The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead, and that would be a real shame.
As I said before, Romero will likely be remembered best for the Night of the Living Dead films that consist of: Night of the Living Dead (1968)/Dawn of the Dead (1978)/Day of the Dead (1985)/ Land of the Dead (2005)/Diary of the Dead (2007)/Survival of the Dead (2009) and one final film, Road of the Dead (2018), which is due to be released next year.
I’ve actually seen a portion of Night of the Living Dead (this is after I saw the remake of Dawn of the Dead, which scared me plenty) and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. This is because, as far as I know, the zombies in Romero’s films aren’t the lightning fast flesh eaters we see in today’s zombie films. They’re slower, but just as hungry for human flesh regardless.
Even though I’ve never been a huge fan of zombie films, I cannot deny that Romero had a huge influence on the horror genre. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.