George Romero Reminded Us The Real Danger Is That We’re The Zombies

By Rich Cromwell

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.” That phrase completed the exposition in “Night of the Living Dead.” It’s when the titular creatures began to rise and make converts, albeit slowly and with force. It’s also when producer-director George Romero burst onto the scene, delivering a movie destined for cult classic status.

On July 16, Romero headed back toward the earth in death. Whether he will stay there remains to be seen. Born in the Bronx on February 4, 1940, the director graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1960. He went on to produce short commercial films for Fred Rogers. Yes, that Fred Rogers.

Then he was off, albeit in a calculated manner, much as the zombies he would become famous for. Between “Night of the Living Dead,” released in 1968, and his last directorial offering, “Deadtime Stories 2,” released in 2011, Romero directed only 16 films. Most were not about zombies. Creating a genre was sufficient, and he had no need to keep returning to that well. His acolytes, much more quick and keen than those Barbara was warned about, would carry that torch for him. Their results varied.

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