A sad thing happened yesterday. The creator of the modern zombie horror genre, George A. Romero passed away from lung cancer. He was 77 years old.
Romero was not the first to create zombie horror films, but he was the first to use infectious disease as the cause and create the rambling, wandering brain eating zombies we know and love today. It all started with his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead which, through some misfortune of his own doing is a Public Domain movie that anyone can freely download and watch. He went on to create a few sequels all relying on the same brain starved slow moving zombies.
His zombie creations didn’t just inspire movies like Shaun of the Dead and the remake of Dawn of the Dead, but he also inspired many zombie games and starred in Call of Duty Black Op’s Call of the Dead zombie expansion where he was basically impossible to kill. Unless you use the Dragunov apparently.
Game industry icons have being paying tribute:
Neil Druckmann, the writer at Naughty Dog
RIP George Romero… as a student I had the privilege of briefly working with you. The Last of Us wouldn’t exist without your inspiration.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) July 16, 2017
This film has changed my life when I was 15, in Spring. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/xEiqfoef7D
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) July 17, 2017
As well as game related Twitter accounts like Dead Island
RIP George Romero. Father of the modern zombie and a true legend.
— Dead Island (@deadislandgame) July 16, 2017
And Dying Light
— Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) July 17, 2017
There is plenty of coverage to be found from those who were inspired by Romero or close friends. You can find those here.