George A. Romero, Originator of Modern Zombie Movie, Dies

Filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern zombie film, died Sunday at the age of 77.

Variety reports that Romero passed away from lung cancer.

While not the inventor of zombies, the Bronx-born Romero originated the now-universal depiction of zombies as shambling, flesh-eating hordes of the undead in his groundbreaking films Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978).

George A. Romero on the set of Land of the Dead. George A. Romero on the set of Land of the Dead.

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