This weekend saw the passing of two Hollywood icons – actor Martin Landau and filmmaker George A. Romero, who revolutionized the horror/zombie genre thanks to his landmark work on 1968’s Night of the Living Dead and its various sequels.
Romero passed away at the age of 77 after an “aggressive battle with lung cancer,” it was announced on Sunday morning. News of his death prompted an outpouring of condolences and tributes from the entertainment realm, as he quite obviously was a strong influence on legions of filmmakers in his wake.
May he rest in peace.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 17, 2017
Horror film icon, George Romero added to pop culture in countless ways. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fans.
— San Diego Comic-Con (@Comic_Con) July 17, 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
RIP Indie Film Icon & Lord of the Dead #GeorgeRomero, the genius pioneer who created an entire genre with no budget but lots of imagination!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 17, 2017
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) July 17, 2017
Here's to the great George Romero, the man who started it all! A true legend and a huge inspiration. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/Vl3TP46L0W
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) July 16, 2017