George A. Romero Passes at Age 77, Delivers over 50 years in Filmmaking
George A. Romero Eulogy
1. Ken Artuz, Founder, and Editor
George A. Romero, the person, the filmmaker his the name becomes etched on the timeline for Horror cinema. Just as his predecessors Romero established a solid contribution to the genre. For over fifty-five (55) years Romero brought many frightening visions to life. From ghouls to the supernatural each of his films told a story about survival and humanity. Title after title is haunting, memorable and evolutionary. Many filmmakers look to Romero’s work for its rich influences. As with all iconic Horror films, Romero’s work will stand honored as theologian centerpieces.
Innovation and vision are messages George A. Romero contributes to the public. Many mourn over the recent loss of a living icon. Filmmakers, aspiring and established should take notice of what one person’s influence can offer. Dead ideas shouldn’t linger across screenplays. Instead, the goal should be to reconstruct narratives and incite awe across the film community. This is what Romero did throughout his career. His franchise spawned a cult-following and a dedicated genre.
2. Stacy Cox, Staff Correspondent
George A. Romero’s works are timeless. He is known for countless projects, including
The Crazies (1973)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Tales From The Darkside (1984)
Day of the Dead (1985)
Monkey Shines (1988)
Night of The Living Dead (1990)
The Dark Half (1993)
Survival of the Dead (2009)
Deadtime Stories, Volume 1 (2009) and Volume 2 (2011).
These are just a few of his notable and memorable works.
Romero’s works reaped great success among audiences and critics and won countless awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Film. This should be no surprise. His films speak for themselves. Dating back to the sixties, Romero has shed great light on the Zombie theme in Horror cinema. He’s also done work in Paranormal and Science Fiction. Yet, the bulk of his work has centered on zombies.
Night of the Living Dead will always connect when speaking about Romero. This film was ahead of its time when technological advancements were neither thought nor evolution. Zombies in this film were terrifying. Also, due to limitations in cinematography, the practical and special effects in this film were amazing.
George A. Romeo is immortal in Horror cinema for his love for the genre, shown through his projects. These films were original, creative, and innovative. Today, we say goodbye and pay great tribute to a long time icon and legend.
3. Ali Vela, Content Contributor
Father of the modern zombie, George A. Romero passed away at age 77 and continues to leave behind his legacy in the horror genre. Known for his zombie franchise starting with Night of the Living Dead, George is best labeled as a pioneer. At 14, Romero picked up his uncle’s 8mm camera and filmed. Romero’s earlier film was titled; Man From the Meteor. The only prop used was a mask and after that the “Meteor-Man” wore jeans. George Romero was born in New York and attended Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduation he worked on commercials and even shot scenes for an episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood: Mr. Roger gets a Tonsillectomy and could do final cuts on the edits.
What inspired NIGHT of the Living Dead? Richard Matheson’s novel, I Am Legend. Richard would tease George saying he stole his idea but George would point out that his characters were not vampires. He created a new monster known as neighbors who turned into flesh eaters or ghouls. George would call his zombies, ghouls.
“When there is no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth” wasn’t only the tagline for Dawn of the Dead. It gave understanding to where zombies come from. He did give in to calling his ghouls “zombies” when Dawn of the Dead released. He also made films: Day of the Dead, which unfortunately had a 50% budget cut. Twenty years later he came back in the zombie genre with Land of the Dead and released Diary of the Dead, and Survival of the Dead.
George also directed works such as There’s Always Vanilla, Season of the Witch, The Crazies, Martin, Knightrider, and Stephen King’s Creepshow. George Romero has influenced modern works such as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, and The Walking Dead. He was asked to direct a few episodes of the show but denied the requests.
Forever known for his innovation to the horror genre, George Romero is The Godfather of zombies.