Famed filmmaker George A. Romero, considered the father of the modern movie zombie thanks to the creation of his iconic 1968 feature “Night of the Living Dead,” has died at the age of 77.
Romero passed after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer” according to his producing partner Peter Grunwald.
Romero followed up ‘Night’ with numerous ‘of the Dead’ sequels, most notably 1978’s just as iconic “Dawn of the Dead”. A big element of all his films in the genre was that they included satire or political criticism – mostly against militarism and materialism.
He also helmed other movies such as “The Crazies,” “The Dark Half,” “Martin,” “Monkey Shines,” “Knightriders” and “Bruiser”. Romero leaves behind a wife and daughter.