Night of the Living Dead filmmaker George A. Romero dies at 77

He was actually in the middle of writing another sequel entitled “George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead” which he described asThe Fast and the Furious with zombies“. Then adding: “Romero used genre to confront racism 50 years ago”.

Romero died with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, his family said.

The legendary director, who is the father of zombie movies, passed away following a battle with lung cancer.

Romero is survived by his wife Suzanne, and his three children.

His first film, Night Of The Living Dead, which was shot on a budget of $114 000, may have been nearly universally panned by critics, but it became a notable cult hit with horror fans when it was released in 1968.

But Romero, who was born in NY, also used the beasts as metaphors with societal ills such as racism and class division.

The statement was from Romero’s producing partner Peter Grunwald and Romero’s family also confirmed the filmmaker’s death which occurred in his sleep after a battle with lung cancer. His original Dead trilogy will live forever, wrote one user, while another tweeted out “It is impossible to overestimate the impact George A. Romero had on the horror film”.

Following his success with Night of the Living Dead, Romero went on to direct There’s Always Vanilla, Season of the Witch, The Crazies, and Martin.

King praised Romero last night, tweeting that “there will never be another like you”.

Romero is undoubtedly a filmmaking legend, having established himself as a prominent figure in the horror world for almost five decades. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, before moving on to his career in film.

He also recalled the time that Romero watched the movie, and then got in touch to tell him and star Simon Pegg what he thought. The Secret Life of Dogs writer Brian Lynch joked: “You were a genius, and I look forward to your inevitable return”.