Movie And TV Figures Pay Tribute
It was announced today that master of horror George Romero has died at the age of 77. Vanity Fair gathered together a number of very nice tributes from people in the world of film and TV…
Here’s the official statement from his manager
Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side. He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time.
Here’s what legendary author Stephen King had to say about his passing:
Sad to hear my favorite collaborator–and good old friend–George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 16, 2017
And this from modern horror master and director Guillermo del Toro
Romero has passed away. Hard to find words right now. The loss is so enormous.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 16, 2017
Romero is unquestionably the father of zombie films and TV series, paving the way for filmmakers like Zack Snyder (whose first film was a remake of Dawn of the Dead), Sam Raimi (who called Night of the Living Dead a “giant influence“ on his debut feature Evil Dead), and Edgar Wright (the title Shaun of the Dead speaks for itself). But the zombie genre also made room for plenty of missteps, and Romero was never shy about his true feelings on what the genre became in his wake. The director of Night of the Living Dead, Season of the Witch, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead said in a 2013 interview: “I was using the idea for satire.” Distinguishing Day of the Dead from the films and popular TV series that came after it, Romero added: “My film needed to be done right when it was done, because that sort of shopping mall was completely new. It was the first one in Pennsylvania that we had ever seen. The heart of the story is based in that.” Romero was adamant that genre film never lose sight of good storytelling.
But for all his criticisms of current zombie properties, Romero was hugely supportive of the artisans working in that genre. The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero named Romero his “mentor” and “inspiration.”
Here’s what he put up on Instagram today
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon included a still from one of Romero’s most beloved films with his tribute:
No one mined the zombie metaphor like Romero. (After he invented it.) No one has come close. RIP & thank you to a Great Film Artist. pic.twitter.com/5RqD8Q8GdE
— Joss Whedon (@joss) July 16, 2017
James Gunn—who directed the likes of Slither before he joined the Marvel cinematic universe on Guardians Of The Galaxy—credited Romero with inspiring him to get into film in the first place.
RIP #GeorgeRomero. You made me want to make movies, and helped me to find meaning in monsters. Thank you. I love you.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 16, 2017
Thanks to Vanity Fair