Sometimes a creative visionary comes along and raises the bar for everyone else. Such was the case for George Romero, who died yesterday of lung cancer at the age of 77. Romero was responsible for such groundbreaking pictures as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, and many others. What made Romero different from many horror directors was how his films elevated the genre by mixing shocks and gore with rich social commentary. He also helped break down barriers in his work, most notably by featuring heroic African-American characters in an era when such a thing was far too rarely shown in entertainment. More than anything else though, he brought zombies to the forefront of pop culture, influencing everything from The Walking Dead to Archie comics in the process. He is an absolute legend of cinema, and there will never be another quite like him again. Romero often signed autographs with the phrase “stay scared,” and thanks to the filmography he leaves behind we will, always.
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