The writer and director behind the cult-classic horror flick “Night of the Living Dead” George A. Romero died Sunday. He was 77.
Romero died in his sleep on Sunday with his wife and daughter at his side, after a “brief but aggressive battle” with lung cancer, as per his Manager.
Romero co-wrote and directed the film that started the zombie series Night of the Living Dead in 1968.
Mr Romero died listening to the score of The Quiet Man, “one of his all-time favorite films”.
At the time of its release, Night of the Living Dead was criticized for being gory but it went on to be a cult classic and shape horror and zombie films for decades.
Romero was born in 1940 in New York City. His big break came with the release of “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968, which was his first feature-length movie and made on a $114,000 budget. The movie, snubbed by the mainstream press, became a smash hit among horror aficionados and gore lovers.
Romero continued his work in the horror genre throughout the 1980s. In 1990, he rewrote the original “Living Dead” screenplay for the franchise’s first remake. That was followed by “Land of the Dead” in 2005. at 89
His only work to top the box office success enjoyed by Night of the Living Dead was Dawn of the Dead, released in 1978, which earned more than $40m.