George A. Romero, father of the zombie movie, dies at 77

Land-Of-The-Dead-George Romero

George A. Romero, the writer and director who made the 1968 zombie film Night of the Living Dead, died in his sleep Sunday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 77. Romero “leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time,” according to a statement from his manager, Chris Roe. Romero’s low-budget horror movie, which cost $114,000 to make, raked in $30 million and became a cult classic. The film centers around a group of people trapped in a Pennsylvania farmhouse who are set upon by zombies and has been interpreted as a counter-culture-era critique of capitalism. Its success launched the still-popular zombie movie genre. Romero went on to make five more zombie movies.

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