Twitter reacts to the passing of George A. Romero (1940-2017)

The Dawn of The Dead filmmaker was 77.

The sad news broke yesterday that the iconic horror director, George A. Romero of Night of The Living Dead fame, died on the morning of July 16 after a short battle with lung cancer.

Romero did not invent the zombie genre but he is widely regarded as having been the creator of the fictional zombie as we see it today. More than just a master of fear, the director also imbued many of his films with a cutting sense of social commentary. 1968's Night of the Living Dead captured the racially charged tensions of the US of the day while Dawn of the Dead, made 10 years later, was an ingenious skewering of materialism and the birth of mall culture.

While his name would always be synonymous with The Living Dead, Romero had a diverse back catalogue of films and was often eager to prove he could do so much more. The online world react with shock and sadness at his unexpected passing.

Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead, unsurprisingly saw Romero as a major influence:

Simon Pegg, actor and frequent Wright collaborator was equally heartbroken:

Get Out filmmaker Jordan Peele cited Romero's social critiques as an inspiration to him:

Contemporary and Halloween director John Carpenter:

Even a chef like Anthony Bourdain saw the great man's importance:

Sherlock co-creator and film fanatic Mark Gatiss had once interviewed Romero for a BBC documentary on classic horror cinema.

Actor and comedian Kumail Nunjani:

Make-up artist Tom Savini worked on a number of Romero's films and even remade Night of The Living Dead in 1990


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