A dark cloud fell over the horror community at large this evening, as we were all shocked and saddened to learn that legendary director George A. Romero passed away on Sunday following “a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”
The iconic filmmaker who redefined the zombie as we know it with his 1968 groundbreaking classic Night of the Living Dead, Romero was of course much more than a master of horror, but that rare artist who could successfully embed humor and ever so poignant social commentary within each of his films.
In addition to six Dead films, including Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead, Romero also gave us Martin, Season of the Witch, The Crazies, Creepshow, Knightriders, Bruiser, The Dark Half, and many others.
Our deepest condolences go out to George’s family. We will all miss him.
Many celebrities have taken to social media tonight to remember and memorialize George Romero, including Stephen King, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, James Wan, Tony Todd, and more.
You can view some tributes to a true master of his craft below, and feel free to share your own memories of George Romero in the comments.
Sad to hear my favorite collaborator–and good old friend–George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 16, 2017
George Romero was a great director, the father of modern horror movies. He was my friend and I will miss him. Rest in peace, George.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) July 16, 2017
— Tony Todd (@TonyTodd54) July 16, 2017
Goodbye George A Romero. We laughed through 50 years and 9 films. I will miss him. There is a light that has gone out and can’t be replaced. pic.twitter.com/N0MAC1ItVM
— Tom Savini (@THETomSavini) July 16, 2017
Rest In Peace, Mr Romero. The horror genre wouldn’t be what it is today without you. Your influence on all of us is undeniable.
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) July 16, 2017
Just heard the news about George Romero. Hard to quantify how much he inspired me & what he did for cinema. Condolences to his family. ❤️
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) July 16, 2017
goodbye genius pic.twitter.com/09x2VpgqIX
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) July 16, 2017
Romero started it. pic.twitter.com/i4dnxi8EFV
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) July 16, 2017
Night of the Living Dead was a cornerstone of the genre. Massively influential. He was bright and very sweet to me. Safe journey, George. https://t.co/my8OJg8wLj
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 16, 2017
Here’s to the great George Romero, the man who started it all! A true legend and a huge inspiration. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/Vl3TP46L0W
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) July 16, 2017
RIP GEORGE ROMERO. YOU LIVE ON THROUGH YOUR WORK AND IN THE HEARTS OF US FANS. pic.twitter.com/08L4iEQYKn
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) July 16, 2017
George Romero was an icon who created a cinematic universe of loosely affiliated sequels forty years before that was a thing
RIP to a genius
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 16, 2017
Romero has passed away. Hard to find words right now. The loss is so enormous.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 16, 2017
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) July 17, 2017
Farewell, George Romero. What a sad loss. Your influence is too great to articulate.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) July 17, 2017
There will never be another like George Romero- he was a trailblazer & the horror genre would not be the same w/o him RIP George -Love Linda
— Linda Blair (@RealLindaBlair) July 17, 2017
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