Zombie Legend George Romero Dies At Age 77

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking “Night of the Living Dead” franchise, has died at 77, his family said. Romero died Sunday in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.

Romero jump-started the zombie genre as the co-writer (with John A. Russo) and director of the 1968 movie “Night of the Living Dead,” which went to show future generations of filmmakers such as Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter that generating big scares didn’t require big budgets. “Living Dead” spawned an entire school of zombie knockoffs, and Romero’s sequels included 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead,” 1985’s “Day of the Dead,” 1990’s “Land of the Dead,” 2007’s “Diary of the Dead” and 2009’s “George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.” The original film, since colorized, has become a Halloween TV staple. It also has earned socio-political points for the casting of a black actor in the lead role.

  • Lazycrockett

    The 68 movie is a classic, the rest um……………. RIP.

    • another_steve

      Try “repetitive.” 😉

      If you’ve seen one zombie eat somebody’s heart, you’ve seen them all.

      • Carl

        Each installment is very much of its decade.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    He’ll be back.

    • FAEN

      HA! 😊

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    • Dagoril

      Somebody warn Rick Grimes!

  • Christopher

    Ok, I know they can’t live forever, but this one hurts.

    R.I.P. George

    You were one of the greats!
    You were an inspiration to SO many artists. The horror genre alone is more remarkable because you understood what makes people’s skin crawl.

    You’re forever in my soul! I miss you already. I heart you so much!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3f90606fbd57ee98d92aeab0af52dc2db994f5b9a7888c02f928e440f654cf4.jpg

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • TampaZeke

    Or did he?

  • Carl

    Do watch Night, Dawn, Day, and Land. (You’d think he’d have followed the pattern and gone with Dusk for that last one….). Ignore Diary and Survival.

    RIP.

    He looks and dresses a lot like my dad.

    • motordog

      Yeeeahhh…as much as I admire his contributions to what is one of my favorite sub-genres of all time (everyone knows he basically invented the ‘zombie apocalypse’), those last two movies were kinda bad in my opinion. They had moments here and there, but ultimately left me with a ‘meh’.

      Even so, I celebrate this man’s life and thank him for the entertainment he has given me over my life. The world was better for having him in it.

  • Michael R
  • Carl

    They’re coming to get you, Barbara.

    https://youtu.be/UYR3dorshwA

    • Treant

      Including such wonderful spoofs as, “We’re coming to get you, Barbara” from Shaun of the Dead.

      And “They’re coming inside you, Barbara” from plenty of late seventies and early eighties porn movies.

      • Cuberly

        Best said when wearing black driving gloves….lol….always thought that was such a strange character choice in the movie.

    • M Jackson

      When I saw the movie I spent the entire time hoping they would get Barbara, she was so irritating.

  • Outlaw Woman

    Doing the math … he was pretty young when he made “Night of the Living Dead”.
    Next year will be the 50th anniversary of that film.

    His original “Dawn of the Dead” still stands up well now after almost 40 years … anyone else remember the “Hare Krishna” zombie in that one? Brilliant!

    • bzrd

      1956, Invasion of the Body Snatchers was the scariest movie for me until The Night of the Living Dead. Psycho was a good scare but being younger for the body snatchers the imagination goes wild, and then the relentlessness of the zombies, and horrors, the ending

      • jimbo65

        That ending was one of the most bleaker and depressing endings I’ve seen in a horror film.

        • bzrd

          yes, can’t be prepared for that

      • another_steve

        If Hitchcock’s “Psycho” caught you at a young and vulnerable age (as it did me), it damaged you for life.

        The shower scene in particular.

        I still hate shower curtains.

        • bzrd

          well, I always lock the bathroom door while showering
          that says enough

        • M Jackson

          The overhead shot of mother before Mr. Arbogast’s trip down the stairs was the the shriekiest.

      • Dagoril

        We lived near a state park when I was growing up. Used to walk my dog back in the woods by a stream that connected to the park. One day we walked by this bizarre looking plant with giant leaves that grew close to the ground, I thought of Body Snatchers, and got the frak out of there as fast as I could hehe.

  • Karl Dubhe

    He’s going to be cremated, right? 🙂

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      POINTS!!!

    • Treant

      That only spreads the toxin! Didn’t you see Day of the Dead?

      • Blake J Butler

        I thought that was Return of The Living Dead ? where they unleashed the toxin raising the dead, then raised a horde of the undead in a ironically located cemetery where the toxin was unleashed into the air and over the cemetery, by cremating a reanimated corpse.

        • WretchedMouse

          You are right! The living dead series kept the course of the outbreak a mystery.

  • another_steve

    He tapped into the frightened child in all of us. The part of us that asked mommy and daddy to check to see that no one or no thing was hiding under the bed or in the closet.

    May he rest in peace.

    • bzrd

      you are so right

    • Nychta

      Actually, he tapped into my frightened adult, LOL.

  • Dramphooey

    I’m very sorry to learn this. I’m from Western Pennsylvania north of Pittsburgh and live very close to Evans City where the cemetery scene was filmed. Day of the Dead was filmed in the Monroeville Mall and the ending of that film really symbolizes the United States under Trump to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHix_Yp18d8

    • jerry

      I was Films Committee chair at WVU in the early ’80s. One of the best memories was showing “Dawn of the Dead” on Halloween to a packed house, some of whom were extras in the movie.

      • jerry

        And I really liked “Dawn of the Dead” with its equal parts horror, comedy, social commentary, and gore. Similar to his collaboration with Stephen King, “Creepshow”.

    • Cuberly

      Day of the Dead is actually my fave in the series.

  • JWC

    Although never was a fan of this genre another giant legend has past , and the wold has lost

  • Pat

    To this day, I can’t go into a cemetery without looking all around on the qt from that iconic scene. RIP to a true master of horror.

  • jimbo65

    Damn. The original Night of the Living Dead scared the hell out of me as a kid. RIP Mr. Romero. Thanks for the scares.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    A true visionary and cult hero, he will be greatly missed. Grrrr, Arrrrgh, Aaaaahhh…

  • Treant

    I know it’s been said already below, but without reading… Somebody did destroy the brain, didn’t they? We don’t need him being Patient Zero an’ shit.

  • Ginger Snap

    2017 GOP Alt Right Return of the Living Dead now in a state near you.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I am a huge horror fan so this makes me sad. Thanks for so many fun movies and memories. R.I.P.

    I other crappy news, my hand surgery took a turn for the worst. Got a bad infection. Had to go to ER. Pulled pins 10 days early. I was just admitted to the hospital for 48 hours to fight this infection. My life royally sucks. I can’t catch a break this year. Wish me luck.

    • Treant

      “Run it under a cold tap.” — Shaun of the Dead

      • Ginger Snap

        “Put Windex on it” — My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    • Rebecca Gardner

      On a positive note the hospital has free WiFi. LOL

      • gaymex1

        Enjoy the WiFi, because Trumpcare will probably end that.

      • JWC

        Take Care Rebecca get well

    • Ginger Snap

      Injury recovery sucks I had infection with my leg disaster so I’m feeling your pain and all the other bullshit that goes with it Rebecca. I raise my glass of wine to your speedy recovery. Be well girl.

    • bzrd

      best Rebecca
      hope it’s cool in The City today, it’s blistering to the east

    • SoCalGal20

      Ugh, sorry to hear that. Get well soon!!!

    • Silver Badger

      Good luck.

    • Cuberly

      Damn, why did they pull the pins so soon?

      If it’s any consolation its freakin hot out right now. So being indoors is actually preferable….yes, call me Pollyanna.

      Get well fast Becs.

    • mrfy

      Get well, lots of luck and enjoy the free wifi.

    • djcoastermark

      Sending you a few hugs tonight. More on the way tomorrow.

    • -M-

      Hugs. Get well soon.

    • Nychta

      Good luck! I hope things turn your way.

    • grindstone

      My best to you. In-house infections suck large, but at least they have the big guns there to fight it.

    • Dagoril

      Come on Rebecca, it’s only a flesh wound!

      (sorry I couldn’t resist. hope you feel better :))

    • gaymex1

      Really sorry about the bad infection, Rebecca. Good luck with the healing ’cause we depend upon you here, you hear?

    • Ninja0980

      Good luck and get better ASAP!

    • Dazzer

      Thinking of you and sending you positive vibes.

      I’m dog and cat-sitting at the moment so one surly cat, one neurotic dog and one “I couldn’t give a fuck” dog are also sending you positive thoughts (mostly because I’ve promised to buy them a couple of cans of tuna – but what the hell)

    • RaygunsGoZap

      That’s no good! Good to have taken action early though. Be well.

      Re: Horror Movies – I love you more now.

      Here is a list of recently watched tales I enjoyed. You may have seen some or all but maybe not…

      1. The Void
      2. The Invitation
      3. The Den
      4. Train to Busan
      5. Coherence
      6. Southbound
      7. Hush
      8. Starry Eyes
      9. The Babadook
      10. Get Me Roger Stone

      Ok, the last is a documentary but worth watching.

      • ETownCanuck

        I loved Train to Busan…what a fun little ride that was. Packed full of cliches but presented in a fun, fresh way.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Get well soon!

    • Rambie

      Oh no! Get well soon

    • Marti386

      Sending much love your way! Get better, girl! We need you! 🙂

  • djcoastermark

    RIP George. But all this talk being so close to dinner time is making me crave Sauteed Cerveaux for some reason.

    • Treant

      Resist. This is how epidemics get started.

      • djcoastermark

        MMM , must have Cerveaux !

  • TheManicMechanic

    And 2017’s George Romero Becomes the Dead.

    RIP George. Come again soon. 😉

  • Cuberly

    So was going to go for a long city hike and DOH! Turned around quick and went home. It’s hot out there…

    https://twitter.com/SFGate/status/886717528243699712

    • Treant

      In your case, Magenta means 85, right?

      • Cuberly

        Ha! I’m in micro-climate central. It’s 86 where I’m at, but, no joke, about 6 or so blocks away it’s 99. Just over the Oakland hills is well into the 100s.

        I’m in a micro-climate island.

        • bzrd

          I’m over the hill
          102*

          • Cuberly

            I’m North Oakland, bordering Berkeley. You in Walnut Creek/Concord?

          • bzrd

            Orinda
            Are you in Rockridge?

          • Cuberly

            Ah, yes….very hot there right now. Stay cool.

            …& the temp is still rising, Concord is now up to 108.

          • bzrd

            arg, I have no air conditioning, house built in 1952, so it’s over 80* inside. I get up early, open all the doors to let the cool air in. As you can tell, I’m not doing much

          • Cuberly

            Yikes! Please tell me you have fans. Getting some air movement.

          • bzrd

            yup

          • Cuberly

            Good! Thankfully a cooling trend is supposed to kick in for the week.

          • bzrd

            please say you can see some fog at the Golden Gate

          • Cuberly

            lol, unfortunately I have to keep the windows and doors closed. I don’t have air conditioning but since I’m on the first floor I live in the coolest part of the building.

          • Cuberly

            Yep, right near where Broadway meets College Ave.

          • bzrd

            are you high enough to see the Golden Gate, any fog there?

          • JCF

            Carmichael, sissies! My backyard thermometer (NOT in the sun) reads 106F.

          • bzrd

            right you are
            I’m proud to be a California sissy
            but not complaining ’cause it’s down to 91*

        • SoCalGal20

          It’s supposedly 79 in SF. Not sure if you consider that bearable but just thought I’d mention it.

          • Cuberly

            lol…yeah but I’m in the east bay, it’s rather warm here now. Besides, it’s getting close to beer time.

          • Ray Taylor

            We always said if it got over 80 in San Francisco, people were dying. That was in late 60s.

          • TuuxKabin

            And earthquake weather.

    • bzrd

      I didn’t even bother thinking about a walk when it was 85* at 9 a.m

      • Natty Enquirer

        It was pleasant enough for a walk through Piedmont before 9. But it sure is hot now!

    • SoCalGal20

      If you can, do what I do when it’s hot and go to one of the beach towns (or to the beach).

      • Cuberly

        True, but when the temp gets so high up north the beaches turn into a very crowded proposition. The state parks are even worse.

        • bzrd

          it’s just time for an ice cold beer

          • Cuberly

            Yep, that was plan B…lol…that and a smoked trout and asparagus salad.

        • SoCalGal20

          Yes, true. San Diego County is nice in that it’s not as crowded as L.A. and Orange so even on hot days you can go the beach towns and still find a spot on the beach and walk around comfortably, though I’m sure some places are busier than others.

          • Cuberly

            Yep, here when it’s that hot it’s a major treat for the beach goer. Not that you’d really want to go swimming per se. The water is still cold as hell.

            Used to go to San Gregorio state beach a lot but over the years it’s gotten more popular and is quite crowded on these days.

          • Ray Taylor

            Loved going to San Gregorio when I lived in SF. It was mostly gay then. Climbing back up the narrow, uneven, handmade stairs from the beach. Then tired as hell drinking in the Castro bars red as a beet.

          • Cuberly

            Ha! That sounds rather familiar. We used to do the exact same. Of course we’d retell the tales of the ever so interesting things we saw at San Gregorio, particularly from the nude section.

    • another_steve

      Yeah, well try living here in Maryland – home of that humidity pump known as the “Chesapeake Bay” – in July and August. 95 degrees and 95 percent humidity.

      We here in Maryland consider you Californians weather sissies.

      • Cuberly

        I definitely fess up to it, living in the bay area, but the central valley is a different story. That’s weeks on end in the +100s with zero air movement and smoggy blech….at least other hot states can get rain now and again, some cloud cover. Not so in the valley.

        • JCF

          Well, I don’t know about “weeks”. We did have that 10 day stretch in mid-late June…

          • Cuberly

            I’m not as up on my central valley specs…lol…. Used to go river rafting on the middle fork of the American River quite a lot in the 90s. Every time we went, driving across the valley on the way to Placerville, it seemed like it was during a major heat wave.

      • bzrd

        I did my turn in Virginia a few years, never more. Being a Californian, I don’t mind being a sissy. Humidity made me feel sick all summer, I’ll take the dry heat and complain when it reaches 100*
        it’s over 102* today
        waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

        • Cuberly

          lol…when I spent a year in Dallas I thought I’d never survive the humidity and heat. Going outside was like walking through jello, the air was so freakin oppressive.

          • bzrd

            LOL
            really, I think people have to be born in the humidity

          • Cuberly

            Agreed. Originally from Colorado so the mountains were the built in afternoon air conditioner.

          • bzrd

            aaaaaaw, could go for those cool mountain breezes right now

          • Cuberly

            I bet.

            Hang in there….the marine layer will return! 😉

        • another_steve

          I think I read (someone please correct me if I’ve got this wrong) that the humidity levels in parts of Arizona are actually rising on account of all the swimming pools in all the new housing developments that are popping up.

          Sounds unbelievable, but I’m pretty sure I read that somewhere.

          • bzrd

            googled it
            computer says no
            getting hotter and drier

      • SoCalGal20

        Hey, I did my time in Michigan and several Augusts in Florida. I think I earned my CA dry heat lol.

        • Jukesgrrl

          Same here. I used to live in Montgomery Co., MD, and DC, so I too earned my dry heat.

          • another_steve

            I’ve recounted this before on JMG, so apologies to anyone who’s already read it… but Abraham Lincoln was so put off by DC’s hot and muggy summers that he moved his base of operations to a cooler suburb during those months, away from the open and stench-ridden sewers of downtown.

            His summer headquarters are known today as “Lincoln’s Cottage” and are open for viewing by tourists and historians.

      • stevenj

        The humidity when it’s hot is usually lower than the E Coast but once you get inland from the coast summers are pretty warm. Especially the Central Valley and the desert areas. 90’s-low 100’s are common in the CV during the summer. Death Valley recorded 127 a few days ago.

    • JCF

      Where you at, if you don’t mind my asking Cuberly? [I’m in the red area around Sacra-roasted-tomato…]

      • bzrd

        arg,
        worse than here, I feel for you JCF

      • Cuberly

        North Oakland, at the Berkeley border.

        Yeah I see you’re definitely in the RED…yiikes, don’t worry I’ll keep my electricity use to a minimum so you don’t have any power issues. 😉

        Though I haven’t heard any power warnings, yet.

    • Jukesgrrl

      My air conditioner conked out yesterday and I live in Tucson, AZ. It’s been over a hundred degrees F for weeks now, so try to get any HVAC company to answer the phone. I’m on a contract with one and they checked my system and said I was good to go at the beginning of the season. But this has been a summer for the books (which my electric bill will attest to) so the A/C has certainly been stressed. But, HEY!, there’s no such thing as climate change!!

      • Ray Taylor

        And you are saving money.

        • Jukesgrrl

          You wouldn’t say that if you saw how many fans I’m running. I probably should have gone to a hotel. The thermostat in the house says 97.

    • stevenj

      Just got back from Ocean Beach – quite comfortable out there. Still warm though in the hood (24th/Noe).

      • bzrd

        see any fog

        • stevenj

          No.

          • bzrd

            arg !

      • Cuberly

        Sounds nice.

        I miss Noe Valley, used to live at Castro and 25th.

  • Blake J Butler
  • Natty Enquirer

    Better burn his brain just to be sure.

  • Blake J Butler

    Land of the Dead was a jag at the Bush administration, and the luxury tower Fiddler’s Green was reminiscent of the wealthy being the elite and ruling class. and everyone else being the short end of the stick left out to fend for themselves.

    Dawn made reference to a culture that was turning into zombies themselves to consumerism.

    He hired a black actor to star as one of the leads in 1968 for his masterpiece Night, his movies were anything but sociopolitical references mindless corpses and gore, and for that he will be missed.

  • Treant

    All the best zombies riff off Romero.

    https://youtu.be/h9ezpLd7-Mc

  • houstonray

    That was TRULY the first movie that scared me as a child…and I LOVED it. Just a few years ago, a friend wanted to stop by a cemetery, it was close to dusk, and I will admit to being more than just a bit freaked out, remembering that iconic scene at the beginning of the movie.

    And that ending was just such a stunner. Also made an impact on me, i.e. things don’t always happen as you expect them to.

    RIP George, thank you for scaring the bejesus out of me (but enjoying it while it happened, ha).

  • bmoore4026

    Apparently, he was good friends with Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers fame. Can you believe that?

    I hope they meet again in the Hereafter 🙂

    • Treant

      It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood,
      A beautiful day for BRAINS,
      Would you be mine?

  • ian

    Very sad to learn of his passing. I’ll never forget the impact “Night of the Living Dead” had on me as a kid. The ending was hard for my suburban white kid brain to wrap around. It certainly demonstrated imagination and intelligence is what is required in film, a big budget, not so much.

  • JCF

    Rest in Peace. . .

    Or does he? [Duh-duh-duhhhhhhh!]

    Hat-tip, Undead George: if you get a hankering for braaaaaains, do NOT try the White House (or any Drumpfian pseudo-WH) right now…

  • leastyebejudged

    Not the news I needed today.

  • Nychta

    When I first saw “Night of the Living Dead” I thought it was a trenchant indictment of racism. But according to George – in one of the videos Joe provided – he’d originally envisioned a white guy playing Ben. George said the same thing would have happened at the movie’s end if Ben had been played by a white man. Nonetheless, I found the film’s ending moving and maddening. RIP George.

  • WretchedMouse

    Oh noes! As a zombie enthusiast I am heart broken over this. I remember watching his movies when I was a wee tot!

  • Nychta

    In one of the videos above George states that zombies can’t run. With all due respect….
    https://youtu.be/pyWuHv2-Abk

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but Beto O’Rourke has raised over $2 million for his campaign against Lyin’ Ted.

    https://twitter.com/OpenSecretsDC/status/886723626988433408

  • SoCalGal20
  • HZ81

    Aw. RIP, George.

  • JWC
    • stevenj

      Woof Woof.

    • TuuxKabin

      Fortunate for both youse. You have eyes to remind me of Clark.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw

      • bzrd

        thanks, Tuux
        an all time favorite

        • TuuxKabin

          All time! Especially, “the maple kind?”

          • bzrd

            and there’s no bacon in the house

          • TuuxKabin

            sad.

    • djcoastermark

      Daaang, I want one!

    • houstonray

      Wait who is this? What is this from?

    • jimbo65

      Is he available for birthday parties? Um, asking for a friend. ..

  • sdnative1958

    *Mad Respect – RIP, Mr. Romero.

  • SoCalGal20
    • JT

      What a fucking evil maniac!

    • bzrd

      Have I been in a coma, doesn’t congress have to fund this or say yay or nay???
      We can’t get rid of the dump fast enough
      Thanks for posting, SoCal

      • SoCalGal20

        Apparently DHS can use some of their money for this. Or something. But I have no idea where the money is coming from for this preliminary work that’s going on now.

        And I guess secret meetings are all cool.

        • bzrd

          That’s what the article said but it’s a wild life refuge belonging to the people not the dump
          I am so pissed

          • SoCalGal20

            So am I! How does the refuge not have any protections from shit like this? At the very least it shouldn’t be allowed to happen without public hearings and in secret.

          • bzrd

            calling my rep tomorrow

    • OdieDenCO

      scorched earth policy

      • BobSF_94117

        Some rich Texas Republican probably wants the useless land left over…

    • Ninja0980

      So where are the green party folks at on this?

  • SoCalGal20
  • MikeBx2
  • Lazycrockett
    • Cuberly

      Taking a random passengers pic and posting it like that. That’s pretty fucked up.

    • Ninja0980

      Telling it like it is, me like.

  • Lazycrockett

    Fuck

    Martin Landau died also. He was 89.

  • Ross

    O/T

    Last night Spot and Fine were on my desk.

    I suddenly realized how they framed my computer…

    …and that Fine (right) was, perhaps, offering a bit of political commentary.
    . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5ab66abea177e7b3058ffeef73d4be4657d52b291c0f7d8e5eeeb8f47fce1f8d.jpg

  • Henry Auvil

    I am a devoted student of the cinema, and have reveled in the genius of the masters. But the night I saw “Dawn of the Dead” in a multiplex in Tampa will always be up there with my epiphanies at Lincoln Center, MOMA and Film Forum. RIP Mr. Romero.

  • houstonray

    Get ready for the 3rd. We just lost Martin Landau. Familiar to many as Commander Koenig, from Space 1999 (an important part of my childhood). https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5e2a4efa947adb23c24bdff9177b9ec3a5411aad6dd60c995cbfaef6da78a66.jpg

    • Treant
      • houstonray

        Oh yes, he was HOT HOT. And had a couple of shirtless moments. The first time I really realized how attracted I was (even as a youngster) to hairy chests.

        • Treant

          Ditto. No shaving, no waxing, just muscles and fur.

        • Ross

          I was around ten when I saw on TV the 1958 Titanic film, A Night To Remember.

          There is a scene where the captain of the Carpathia (the rescue liner) is informed that Titanic is sinking. Oh no! He strips off his PJ top and for a moment his glorious FURRY chest is exposed.

          It was then that I knew I was gay.

    • another_steve

      Landau had many many roles during his career but I remember him best for his stunning performance in one of the classic “The Outer Limits” episodes. The 1963 episode is “The Man Who Was Never Born.”

      It’s probably out there on the web somewhere. Highly recommended.

      May he rest in peace.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Aw man. I knew the name was familiar. and with me that’s a unique thing.

      Still, 89’s a good long time to have been on this Earth. Well done, and RIP.

  • SoCalGal20

    Awwww man, Martin Landau passed away. 🙁

    https://twitter.com/Variety/status/886744992017940481

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    • Lazycrockett

      My favorite Tim Burton movie.

      • stevenj

        “Ed Wood”. He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best actor. Richly deserved.

    • Cuberly

      EVERYTHING about that movie is just freakin genius! Landau is amazing in it.

      RIP Mr. Landau

      • SoCalGal20

        I’m so glad he got the Oscar for that. Excellent movie and Martin Landau was great.

        • Cuberly

          Yep, one of the few times an award was given and I didn’t complain about who won…lol…

    • jimbo65

      Another classic scene
      https://youtu.be/ouHZsRE94i0

  • Ninja0980

    He brought the hubby and I hours of entertainment.
    RIP George.

  • Michael R

    I was alone watching late night TV when I was 10 ? ( maybe 12 ) and saw ” Night Of The Living Dead ” , I remember thinking a lot about what I saw and I never had any urge to discuss it with anyone .

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  • Michael R

    My dog is up and walking after her near death experience with Ehrlichia
    this week , she had a real reaction to it .
    Ehrlichia is disease from a tick bite , a bacteria that gets into the blood and bones .
    We still have a ways to go but two days ago she could barely lift her head or stand on her feet , fever etc . Several vet visits .
    Today she was quite frisky and enjoyed a longer walk .
    Here she is from April …

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b932d7af1bb3e8b64a26856d4e6aa250ead8f90415e40c4a83a375deaa07ce33.jpg

    • bzrd

      so happy for both of you, Michael
      beautiful dog

  • Reality.Bites

    How did he manage to both die in his sleep and die while listening to music?

    Did he become a zombie?

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    R.I.P. to both he and Martin Landau. 🙁

  • motordog

    In honor of Mr. Romero, and to those who are burnt out on zombies and think there’s nothing more to say concerning them…here’s a short flick I think you might enjoy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gryenlQKTbE

    • Mikey

      yes! I saw that a while back. it’s very moving.

  • Adam

    Always loved him even though his movies quality declined dramatically. Besides his zombie stuff, Monkey Shines was good, and Martin is one of the most interesting vampire movies out there.

  • HandsomeMrToad

    Day of the Dead was absolutely fascinating to anyone with an interest in philosophy/history of science, for (at least) two reasons:

    1. It beautifully characterizes the tension between the public and the scientific community during the HIV-AIDS pandemic (it was made in 1985, when the pandemic was at its height)–the public stridently demanding “when are you gonna show us something we can use?” and the scientists trying in vain to explain that science is a slow, uncertain process. It’s especially relevant to our situation now, where, in our frustration with the experts’ failure to deliver satisfactory solutions to our problems (slow economy, expensive health-care, terrorism, etc.) we have elected the supreme non-expert who exults in ignorance and has a non-solution to every problem. See here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy81Ktk2-zg&t=1920s

    2. Day of the Dead reveals something scientists do called “proof of principle”. This means exploring a strategy which MIGHT, CONCEIVABLY solve a problem, but is not remotely practical. Sort of like “we should get some eggs, so we could have ham and eggs, if we had any ham (which we don’t)”. The “Star-Wars” missile defense people were guilty of this in the 1980s: claiming success based on rigged, ultra-simple model experiments of “hitting a missile with another missile” in situations which had no bearing on the real world. The scientist in Day of the Dead has an idea which could, in principle, solve the zombie problem: he has a way to make zombies docile and obedient. It really works! But it’s completely impractical, for a reason which becomes obvious during the movie. See here (WARNING: SPOILER):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy81Ktk2-zg&t=4126s

    The movie also includes one line which totally sums up Romero’s whole philosophy, which underlies all his movies, and also seems especially appropriate now: “Civility must be rewarded, Captain. It it’s not rewarded, then there’s no use for it. There’s just no use for it at all!”

    RIP, genius.

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  • Marti386

    Did someone make sure to shoot him in the head?

    R.I.P., George. We’ll miss you.