RIP George Romero

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

Hideo Kojima

As well as game related Twitter accounts like Dead Island

And Dying Light

There is plenty of coverage to be found from those who were inspired by Romero or close friends. You can find those here.

George Romero’s Wikipedia entry and IMDb entry so you can go and learn more about Romero and pick out a movie to watch in order to pay tribute.