Romero, father of zom­bie movies dies

Tempo - - Entertainment -

NEW YORK (Reuters) – George A. Romero, cre­ator of the zom­bie film genre with “Night of the Liv­ing Dead” and a se­ries of se­quels that left a last­ing im­pact on hor­ror movies, died of lung can­cer in a Toronto hospi­tal on Sun­day, his busi­ness part­ner said. He was 77.

Romero wrote and di­rected the 1968 clas­sic, in which the dead come back to life and eat the flesh of the liv­ing, and five se­quels in­clud­ing the 1978 box of­fice hit “Dawn of the Dead.”

“A true leg­end,” ac­tor Ku­mail Nan­jiani said on Twit­ter. “Started a new genre on his own. Who else can claim that?”

Be­sides the hor­ror of flesh-eat­ing zom­bies, the “Dead” films fea­tured the theme of peo­ple who panic while un­der siege, turn­ing on each other in­stead of uniting against their com­mon en­emy.

Romero, who was born in the Bronx bor­ough of New York, was drawn to telling sto­ries about mon­sters that are fa­mil­iar to the peo­ple they ter­ror­ize, said his busi­ness part­ner, Peter Grun­wald.

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