RIP George A. Romero

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  1. Franco

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    George A. Romero, 'Night of the Living Dead' creator, dies at 77

    "Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking “Night of the Living Dead” franchise, has died at 77, his family said.


    Romero died Sunday in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said."

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html
     
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    A huge piece of horror history has gone with him. RIP George. :(

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    Such a shame. Day of the dead was one of the best experiences I've had in a cinema. RIP.
     
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    RIP George. Very sad news.
     
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    RIP George :( Your Dead films will always hold a special place in my heart.
     
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    I was fortunate to meet him several years back at a convention. He was so friendly and accommodating to everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
     
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    RIP at whatever level you see fit, Maestro. Farewell...
     
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    RIP George. I used to be terrified of horror movies when I was a kid which stemmed from Freddy Krueger giving me nightmares for years after renting the newly released Freddy's Dead VHS at a sleepover with my older cousins when I was six years old. It wasn't until I was 11 when I finally decided to get over that fear and the first horror movie I rented to conquer it was Romero's Night of the Living Dead. It was amazing! Sure, it still scared the shit out of me but it started me on a lifelong passion and appreciation for horror movies, and genre film. As soon as I finished it I researched the movie and discovered there were two sequels and I tracked down the first sequel - Dawn of the Dead - from the local library. Dawn was even better than the original and absolutely blew me away and cemented me as a lifelong horror fan, and to this day is remains one of my all time favourite films. I can't even remember how many times I borrowed that tape from the library, but it was countless times until I was gifted a used Thorn EMI VHS for my birthday not long after from my folks. I've seen every Romero film and he was a master of his craft, and aside from revolutionizing the zombie in cinema, he also gave us one of the greatest vampire movies - Martin, an amazing motorcycle-medieval drama - Knightriders, the classic comic book horror film - Creepshow, among many others. He may have become pigeon-holed in the zombie genre later in his career which resulted in some films that weren't his best but they still continued on a legacy that he created. I can't say enough about how much Romero means to me in my discovery and appreciation of cinema as an art form, and how it influenced me on my career path working in film and television. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2007 at a convention and I was definitely nervous and tripping over my words as I tried to express my appreciation for his work and it's impact on my life. He was happy and gracious to his fans and I won't forget his signature sign off to me; "Stay scared, Tyler!" I'll be re-watching Dawn of the Dead this week for the umpteenth time. Cheers George! Thanks for the scares!
     
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    Now with him and Wes Craven gone.. Another part of childhood/teenagehood gone.
     
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    He will still be roaming around


    ...like a zombie


    .....on our tv screens for decades to come.
     
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    Dawn of the Dead spins at CinemaPaff tonight too.

    My story isn't much different than yours; As a little kid I was quite the chicken-shit when it came to horror. One night on late night TV (I might have been staying up for SNL, I don't remember), the TV spot for Dawn came on. You can see this spot on some of the special editions. It's the one that just contains the narration as the zombie head rises in the background. "In 1968, George Romero gave us...". I was self-trained to turn away from scary commercials like that, but this one seemed quite innocuous. But then there's that brief shot of the zombies reaching into the elevator. It really felt like the blood completely drained from my body. The lights remained on all night, and I doubt I got more than 10 minutes of sleep.

    Now, flash forward a few years. After checking out every Stephen King novel from my library, getting a subscription to Fangoria, and finally having access to HBO, I'd done a 180 and was much more into horror. But something eluded me, and it was the movie from that commercial back in 79. VCRs weren't commonplace, and HBO wouldn't show something like Dawn of the Dead. Then in 1983, Creepshow got a theatrical re-release (man, remember those days? A movie from a year or two ago would get a semi-wide release again), and this time it was double-featured with Dawn of the Dead. I had to literally hitch-hike my way to the "dirt mall" theater, and after a fun revisit to Creepshow, on came Dawn of the Dead. And the words "blown away" doesn't even begin to describe it. It was one of those "disruptions" in life, when you have an experience that literally changes the way you see things. Now, the funny part is, it wasn't the Dawn we know and love; to get piggy-backed onto Creepshow it was edited down to an "R". Fans at the time cried foul, but I didn't know I was actually missing anything. I was mesmerized with the film, borderline obsessed. I began programming a video game on my TI home computer based on the game (never finished it, but it was pretty cool...You're in a helicopter blasting zombies. First in an urban area, then through rural, and in the final screen you blast all the zombies from the mall rooftop and land on the "H". At least that's how I planned it)

    So yeah, as I was wondering how to honor George tonight, all those early Dawn memories came flooding back, and the choice became ridiculously easy. Thanks George, I truly don't think I would be the horror fan I am today were it not for your 1978 masterpiece, and I'll be remembering you with every frame. You really will be missed.
     
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    He had a nice, long life and career...but it still hurts. :( RIP sir.
     
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    Sad news...R.I.P. Mr. Romero...Night, Dawn and Day have and always will stand the test of time.
     
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    Damn... This one really sucks.
     
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    Wow, unexpected...but smoking is a killer.

    R.I.P. to a legend. :(
     
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    Great tributes by MorallySound and Paff. I was late discovering the Living Dead movies but Creepshow was a huge influence when I was a kid. A huge loss for horror fans.
     
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    Also met him at a convention and thought the same. You can only judge a person so much from meeting them once, however, he came off as a sincere gentleman.

    And what a legacy. It is not just about his movies, but to think of all the movies that were made under his influence.
     
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    Beautifully stated. The sincerity Mr. Romero demonstrated in every interview was genuine. He will be missed.
     
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  20. Natas

    Natas ....on the warm side of the dooooooor

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    Don't know which one stung more, this or Craven. Awful news. Sounds like an excuse for a holy trilogy zombie night on the projector this week. RIP.
     

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