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Horror Legend, Creator of the Modern Day Zombie, George A. Romero Has Passed Away

U.S. filmmaker George A. Romero, also known as the Zombie Master, poses for the media during the Hallowfest news conference in Mexico City October 21, 2011. Romero is in Mexico on a three-day visit to talk about his experiences of making zombie films during Hallowfest, which will take place in Mexico City from October 22 to 23. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (MEXICO - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PORTRAIT) - RTR2SZLX

Earlier this afternoon The Los Angeles Times reported that horror legend and creator of the modern-day zombie George A. Romero passed away from lung cancer. Romero is most famous for his earliest film, Night of the Living Dead. He directed five sequels, including the superb Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. While his zombie films are his best known, Romero also helmed Martin, The Crazies, and Stephen King’s Creepshow, among others.

What separates Romero from many other horror filmmakers was his commitment to using his films to address social issues. The early Living Dead films featured black protagonists in times when that was rare. It would be hard to watch the end of Night of the Living Dead or the opening raid of Dawn of the Dead without seeing the parallels to our modern day racial struggles.

Romero’s films were funny and scary, certainly among the best zombie films ever made. Without him, there’d be no The Walking DeadWorld War Z, or 28 Days Later. There wouldn’t have zombie craze in the late 2000s. 

From everyone here at Wicked Horror, we offer our deepest condolences to Romero’s family and friends. 

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Ryan C. Bradley (he/him) has published work in The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, Dark Moon Digest, Daikaijuzine, and other venues. His first book, Saint's Blood, is available from St. Rooster Books now! You can learn more about him at: ryancbradleyblog.wordpress.com.
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