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Creator of legendary zombie film “Night of the Living Dead” has died.

NEW YORK (AP) — George Romero, film maker and legend of the horror genre has died at 77. His film Night of the Living dead was the progenitor to all zombie movies and his methodology to filming horror was used as a template in the years to come for the genre.

Romero died from a long battle with lung cancer on Sunday. The statement was issued by his manager Chris Roe. The patriarchal film maker was said to died while listening to the score for one of his most favorite films “The Quiet Man,” while his wife Suzanne Desrocher, and daughter, Tina Romero, was by his side. 

In 1968, Romero debuted the 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead, on a $114,000 budget which was originally titled ““Night of the Flesh Eaters.” The film went on to create a subgenre in horror that spanned into decades for the creation of movies and tv shows like “The Walking Dead.”

Years later, the Library of Congress inducted the feature film into the National Registry of Films.

 

Source: LA Times
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