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:
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
I just wrote this on Facebook concerning the passing of George Romero, but I thought I'd share it here as well. 💔 pic.twitter.com/r1qKM6GSka
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 16, 2017
RIP George Romero pic.twitter.com/6vjki1Fv7B
— Steve Niles (@SteveNiles) July 16, 2017
A fond farewell to charming, legendary zombie king George Romero. 'Martin' is one of my favourite horrors. An honour to have met him. RIP pic.twitter.com/8ZIwjxFrmx
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) July 16, 2017
George Romero, RIP. Eat God's brains.
— Doug Benson, now on Cameo – price goes up daily! (@DougBenson) July 16, 2017
George Romero is one of the sweetest most amazing directors I've ever had the pleasure to know. May he come back to feast on our flesh! pic.twitter.com/qskVim97qc
— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) July 16, 2017
Thank you George Romero. You invented an entire genre, emboldened indy filmmakers, & immortalized the mall where my Mom & I both worked.
— Steve Lieber (@steve_lieber) July 16, 2017
RIP George Romero. Your groundbreaking contributions to the genre are unparrelled. We will miss you and are made better for your brilliance pic.twitter.com/zYPn3GRfXw
— Barbara Crampton (@barbaracrampton) July 16, 2017
So sorry to hear of the passing of Horror Maestro George Romero. His work definitely shaped who I am today as a creator. Forever thankful! pic.twitter.com/9Z5pO5akDx
— Francesco Francavilla (@f_francavilla) July 17, 2017
Man, George Romero…As I've written before, Night of the living dead is my favorite horror movie – taught me the meaning of horror as a kid
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) July 16, 2017
Most horror directors work IN the genre. George Romero created a genre. Every zombie show / movie you know owes Romero some credit.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) 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
Without George Romero, about 1/3 of nerd culture things wouldn't exist. He re-invented zombies and now they seem so obvious. RIP. Damn.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) July 16, 2017
RIP George Romero. Zombies, yes. But…go watch MARTIN. Teenage isolation mutated into vampirism. Online culture as plague.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 16, 2017