Monday, July 17, 2017

George A Romero Has Passed Away

A couple of sad passings to report this morning. First up, George A. Romero, father of the modern zombie movie, has passed away at the age of 77 after a battle with lung cancer. Romero co-wrote Night of the Living Dead in 1968, and the movie had many sequels. Romero had this to say about The Walking Dead, and other modern takes on zombies: 

“Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism, and I find that missing in what’s happening now...I grew up on these slow-moving-but-you-can’t-stop-them [creatures], where you’ve got to find the Achilles’ heel, or in this case, the Achilles’ brain. In [the remake] they’re just dervishes, you don’t recognize any of them, there’s nothing to characterize them.... [But] I like to give even incidental zombies a bit of identification. I just think it’s a nice reminder that they’re us. They walked out of one life and into this.”

Romero is survived by his wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and his daughter Tina Romero. Read his full obituary at the LA Times.

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