Last night in Toronto, Canada on July 16, 2017, we lost a talented director named George Andrew Romero at the age of 77. He died in his sleep after an aggressive battle with lung cancer. For those who are unaware Romero was a director who is most famous for making the Living Dead Series. Have you ever wondered why zombies have become so mainstream this past decade? All because of him and his films. It all began with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead which was revolutionary in thriller genre. It was also different from other films at the time. It had gore and was one of the first films to ever have a black lead. It is considered a masterpiece among critics and horror fans alike. Cut ten years later to 1978 and Dawn of the Dead comes out and is another masterpiece. This series would continue until 2009’s Survival of the Dead. Films like 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Planet Terror, and Return of the Living Dead all owe their existence to Romero. Besides the Living Dead Series Romero also made other films like Stephen King’s Creepshow. So as you can tell I am a big fan of his work and am sad of his recent death. In memory of him I’ll be reviewing the first three Living Dead movies Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead on Retro Reviews this week. Nothing else left to say but farewell, George A Romero.
RIP George A Romero