Film fans from around the world are still reeling from the news that iconic filmmaker George Romero, considered by many to not just be the father of the modern zombie film but one of the biggest influences in modern horror overall, passed away at the age of 77 following an aggressive battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and his daughter Tina.
Romero was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor who changed the face of horror in 1968 with his socio-political take on the zombie genre with Night of the Living Dead. Romero refined what horror movies could do, elevating them from just popcorn fluff to horrifically artistic reflections on the least favorable aspects of ourselves. Aside from his zombie films, Romero also was responsible for Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982) and The Dark Half (1993).
Reactions have been pouring-in from across the pop culture spectrum, from actors and director to authors and artists sharing what the passing of Romero means to them: