R.I.P. George A. Romero (1940-2017)

I love zombie movies. The reason I love them so much is because of Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead particularly. The reason we had those movies was because of George A. Romero, one of the greatest horror director’s of all-time that sadly has passed away and left us today due to lung cancer. This all comes right on the heels of Scream Factory announcing a Collector’s Edition of Land of the Dead and Arrow Video announcing a Romero box set that would feature none-zombie films he did in between Night and Dawn. If they weren’t considered must own to you before, they surely are now.

This very site’s name (Zombies Don’t Run) came from the style of zombie Romero gave us. The very same style that is used on the hit horror show The Walking Dead now. Needless to say, Romero’s reach goes well beyond just zombies but he’s the reason they are what they are and set the table for the essential zombie rules that a lot of films have and will continue to follow when doing a zombie movie.

My second film I just finished, Door 1 of the 5 Doors to Hell, is an anthology film that was very much influenced by Romero’s Creepshow. An anthology film that for my money is the greatest anthology film ever made.

I sadly never had the honor to meet George in person but his influence on me is something I’ll always be more than happy to talk about. When I really decided I wanted to dive head first into the world of horror movie collecting the Anchor Bay Dawn of the Dead DVD was my very first purchase. I sit here now typing this with just about every Romero film he ever made surrounding me on my movie shelves. Posters, t-shirts, and lots of other Romero themed and influenced items are here taking up space as well. He may be gone but I truly believe what he’s done will be talked about long after all of us are gone.

R.I.P., George.