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George A. Romero, the “Father of the Zombie Film” has died Saturday aged 77

Former writer-director American – Canadian George A. Romero, known under nickname “Father of the Zombie Film”, has died Sunday in his sleep after a battle with lung cancer. He made the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, followed by Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, the last from 2009.

Night of the Living Dead, the story of seven strangers trapped in a farmhouse besieged by a lynch-mob posse of staggering zombies, devastated/delighted audiences at the time of its release. Night of the Living Dead was rare for its time in that it featured an African-American actor (Duane Jones) as a hero in a mainstream movie. In an interview. Romero said: “"I don’t have any supernatural hobgoblins that I worry about. (...) What scares me is life."

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George A. Romero

He is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror film genre. Romero studied art and design at Carnegie Mellon, graduated in 1960 and started a commercial production company, Image Ten Prods. He produced some commercial ads and short documentaries or fictional movies. Romero also dabbled in the world of comic books with the limited Marvel series Empire of the Dead. “I was the only guy doing zombies," he self-described. Thanks to Romero, Pittsburgh hosts yearly an event called Zombie Fest, complete with a brain-eating contest. In 2012, Romero was involved in video games industry recording his voice for "Zombie Squash" as the lead villain, Dr. B. E. Vil. "Zombie Squash HD Free" game was released by ACW Games for the iPad in November 2012. On October 27, 2009, Romero was honored with the Mastermind Award at Spike TV's Scream 2009.

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