Even if George A. Romero hadn’t made any films beyond his 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, he would still be a legend. Night of the Living Dead is easily one of the most influential horror films of all time, having invented the modern zombie (called “ghouls” in the original), and codified a brand new genre.
Romero, however – always a genial and approachable figure at horror conventions – continued to make mostly great horror films for decades, often revisiting the zombies with varying levels of social commentary, but also exploring insanity, vampires, witches, evil twins, vengeful monkeys, and fanged monsters in crates. Romero was enthusiastic about genre movies, and always managed to make energetic and efficient thrillers that horror film fans immediately latched onto.
Romero’s filmography is a rather glorious one, and more than one of his films can be considered a horror classic. Night of the Living Dead is legendary, and lived on for many years as a regular midnight movie staple (it played often likely because it was cheap; it was notoriously released into the public domain thanks to a clerical error). Dawn of the Dead is often called one of the best of all horror films as well, and I love Day of the Dead the best of all. Romero also adapted several Stephen King stories, produced several notable films, and was a vocal booster of up-and-coming horror talent.
You’ve likely seen the classics, but have you seen all ten of these wonderful films?
10 George A. Romero Movies We’ll Never Forget:
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Witney Seibold is a longtime contributor to the CraveOnline Film Channel, and the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and the TV podcast Canceled Too Soon. He also contributes to Legion of Leia, Nerdist, and Blumhouse. You can follow him on “The Twitter” at @WitneySeibold, where he is slowly losing his mind.