George A Romero, father of the zom­bie movie, dead at 77

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

US film­maker George A Romero, whose 1968 cult clas­sic "Night of the Liv­ing Dead" spawned the zom­bie movie genre, died on Sun­day aged 77. Trib­utes poured in from Hol­ly­wood and be­yond for the leg­endary di­rec­tor who ac­cord­ing to his man­ager Chris Roe passed away "lis­ten­ing to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time fa­vorite films." "He died peace­fully in his sleep, fol­low­ing a brief but ag­gres­sive bat­tle with lung can­cer, and leaves be­hind a lov­ing fam­ily, many friends, and a film­mak­ing legacy that has en­dured, and will con­tinue to en­dure, the test of time," Chris Roe added in a brief state­ment.

Shot in black-and-white on a bud­get of just over $100,000, "Night of the Liv­ing Dead" dar­ingly fea­tured black ac­tor Duane Jones as its lead in a script about a group of peo­ple at­tempt­ing to sur­vive an at­tack by re-an­i­mated corpses. Some film schol­ars later sug­gested it was a sub­ver­sive cri­tique of US so­ci­ety dur­ing the 1960s, while its gory re­al­ism was rem­i­nis­cent of footage from the Viet­nam war that was air­ing on Amer­i­can TV at the time. The film went on to gross over $30 mil­lion world­wide, and led to five se­quels in­clud­ing "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead"in­spir­ing an en­tire genre that re­mains a Hol­ly­wood sta­ple to this day, though the di­rec­tor ad­mit­ted he was him­self in­flu­enced by Richard Mathe­son's 1954 novel "I Am Leg­end."

"Night of the Liv­ing Dead" was added by the Li­brary of Congress in 1999 to its Na­tional Film Registry for works con­sid­ered "cul­tur­ally, his­tor­i­cally, or aes­thet­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant." Other no­table works in­clude 1981's "Knightrid­ers", about a trav­el­ing me­dieval reen­act­ment troupe that jousts on mo­tor­cy­cles, and 1982's hor­ror an­thol­ogy "Creepshow" writ­ten by au­thor Stephen King.—AFP

In this file photo, di­rec­tor George Romero poses with some fans dressed as zom­bies af­ter ac­cept­ing a spe­cial award dur­ing the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Toronto. — AP

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