George Romero dead: Hollywood pays tribute to 'father of modern horror movies'

Jacob Stolworthy

Hollywood is paying tribute to George A Romero, the horror maestro who shaped the zombie genre, after his passing at the age of 77.

The Bronx-born filmmaker whose credits include the influential Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) died in his sleep after a “brief but agressive battle with lung cancer.”

Following the news, a wave of tributes poured out from across Hollywood with many praising the legendary pioneer for his contributiuons to horror including author Stephen King as well as filmmakers John Carpenter (Halloween) and Zack Snyder who remade Dawn of the Dead in 2004.

Romero followed up his Living Dead trilogy with Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007) and, most recently in 2009, Survival of the Dead. The original trilogy is attributed with birthing the zombie genre inspiring numerous films to come as well as popular TV series The Walking Dead.

His other credits include arthouse vampire film Martin (1970). In 1991, he also made a brief cameo in one of the most famous scenes from Silence of the Lambs starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

As he died, Romero was listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his favourite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero.