(February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017)
Few people have impacted the horror genre like George A. Romero. Much of today’s zombie craze can be attributed to Romero’s work in Night of the Living Dead and other related films. He also wrote and directed The Crazies and Monkey Shines, directed Creepshow, and was a contributing producer of the Tales from the Darkside television series.
If you have never seen the original Night of the Living Dead from 1968, block off some time to watch it today.
When it comes to modern zombies at least, it has to be George Romero. From his classic Night of the Living Dead to Dawn of the Dead to Day of the Dead to Land of the Dead to Diary of the Dead, and of course, 2009’s Survival of the Dead, Romero has mastered the art of the zombie flick.
The first installment came out in 1968. Romero didn’t just work on “…of the Dead” titles, though. He was also involved in 1982’s Creepshow, which led me to create the Super Veteran card below (based on the subset from the 1983 Topps set)…
Romero is one of the “horror celebrities” appearing at The Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky, in November. And he will be the first horror celebrity autograph I will pay for. As much as I respect and love the work of Kane Hodder, Tom Atkins, Danielle Harris, and the myriad of actors who have played Jason in Friday the 13th movies, I can’t justify in my horror-loving brain $20 for their signatures. For Romero, though, I’m willing to go $25. Maybe even $30.
Here we are at the end of the month. I can barely believe we survived. Hopefully you are more aware of zombies today than you were 31 days ago. Hopefully you take the threat more seriously. Hopefully we will still be not undead in May, 2011 to celebrate Zombie Awareness Month once again.
I told you at the beginning of the month that George A. Romero‘s Night Of The Living Dead is an important film that every person should watch at least once in his or her lifetime…preferrably before he or she becomes one of the undead. Well, here’s your chance.
Embedding has been disabled, so I can’t post the movie directly here on the site, but I can direct you to where you can watch it…on YouTube even.
Watch and learn, boys and girls. And have a safe eleven months until Zombie Awareness Month is upon us once again…