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Old 07-17-2017, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Romero changed my life. I loved horror movies since grade school, but NOTLD was the best horror movie ever made.

Romero created an entirely new genre. He had an original idea that is still being copied and the inspiration for movies and TV shows 50 years later. What a legacy!
Agree with you on NOTLD. RIP Mr. Romero. I am delightfully scared of ghoulie zombies forever!
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:53 PM
 
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:15 PM
 
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People look at him just as "That Zombie movie guy".. but, the zombies were always just a subtext of what he was trying to say, I always thought.

The first Night of the Living Dead, we don't think about it now, but at the time.. A black man in the leading role? A black man who was portrayed as a total equal and just as smart (if not smarter) than the white co-stars? There was some serious social commentary there that skips by alot of people who watch that movie today.

The second, Dawn, focusing on commercialism I tend to agree was the best of the films he made. The only unfortunate part of it is the crayola colored blood he was forced to use.

Day... Militarism.. I was not overly a fan of this one.. Though, I still remind the mother of one of my childhood friends how she tried to sneak us in to an "X Rated Movie".. Technically, it was released unrated, which still meant noone under 18.

Land of the Dead was actually a good film. It was nice to see what he could do with an actual budget. Not that it was a huge budget, but actually having enough money to see a reasonable version of his vision to the screen.
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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There were some zombie moves before it, but Night of the Living Dead determined forever how proper zombies should move and behave.

Not just in movies. Every Halloween when people dress up like zombies they must act just like the ones in Night of the Living Dead or they aren't doing right and I will short them on the candy.
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Major loss for horror movie fans!
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:40 PM
 
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RIP George A.Romero
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Old 07-23-2017, 04:48 AM
 
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A sad day in the world of entertainment, a true legend in many ways, made some incredible horror movies but will always be the true father of modern day zombie movies.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/201...r-dies-aged-77




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zK_44APmbY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SwXSiGpCxc

This is such a blow to me. I feel as if I have lost a personal friend. When the used to play NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on the USA network every couple of months, I would stay up untill all hours of the morning watching it every single time. I still think the scenes where the little girl kills her mom with the garden trawl and the scene when Johnny returns stand up to anything every filmed.

DAWN OF THE DEAD became one of about 10-15 movies that my best friend and our crew would watch every month or two along with the other Living deads, the Mad Max Films, Escape from New York, the Warriors, Halloween, the Excorcist, and a few others. The era of cult film cinema will never be equaled--the culture for indendent thought just no longer exists. DAWN was arguably the best of the era, with its sly but unassuming social commentary: the whole idea that even in the apocalypse, the best thing to do is to fight everyone else for consumer goods:

"Why do they come here?"

"Because they remember what they did when they were alive."

The much maligned DAY OF THE DEAD was the rawest, grittiest, bleakest, and scariest. Bravo! I will never forget conning my mom into taking us to see Gremlins or some bland commerical trash at the drive-ins so we could watch this out the back window. My best friend and I still call each other to this day with:

"I'm runnning this monkey farm now!" Or...

"Take there guns! Take all their ****ing guns!"

Props on the clip to MARTIN. It is an absolutely perfect post-modern deconstruction of the vampire myth, and one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. It is not in any way lovable like the living dead films, but that does not make it less of a film.

Other than that, I would say CREEPSHOW was a favorite, particularly Something to Tide you Over, and the Crate. Adrian Barbeau was amazing.

Mr. Romero was capable of some misfires, and I was admittedly disappointed with LAND OF THE DEAD, BRUISER, and, to some extent, THE DARK HALF. But when he was on, there was no one like him.

His legacy will live on forever. For one thing, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is one of the four films that spawned a rating system in this country, so he literally changed filmaking forever. Besides that, even though he hated the show, I know every time I am tuning into The Walking Dead that I am watching something given its (un)life by Mr. Romero.

Thanks for the memories, old friend, and rest in the peace you denied your creations!
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Old 09-25-2017, 07:16 PM
 
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People look at him just as "That Zombie movie guy".. but, the zombies were always just a subtext of what he was trying to say, I always thought.

The first Night of the Living Dead, we don't think about it now, but at the time.. A black man in the leading role? A black man who was portrayed as a total equal and just as smart (if not smarter) than the white co-stars? There was some serious social commentary there that skips by alot of people who watch that movie today.

The second, Dawn, focusing on commercialism I tend to agree was the best of the films he made. The only unfortunate part of it is the crayola colored blood he was forced to use.

Day... Militarism.. I was not overly a fan of this one.. Though, I still remind the mother of one of my childhood friends how she tried to sneak us in to an "X Rated Movie".. Technically, it was released unrated, which still meant noone under 18.

Land of the Dead was actually a good film. It was nice to see what he could do with an actual budget. Not that it was a huge budget, but actually having enough money to see a reasonable version of his vision to the screen.
All of Romero's flicks were political. The zombie flicks became more so by Land of the Dead. After that they just went off the wall. I am a fan and enjoyed them all but for me the pinnacle was Day of the Dead. Even though Night was the most important.
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:42 AM
 
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I read that he cast the black lead player because he was the only actor Romero could get. Rolling Stone did a nice long article a long time ago about the making of "Night" and there were all kinds of interesting details.
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Old 09-28-2017, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I read that he cast the black lead player because he was the only actor Romero could get. Rolling Stone did a nice long article a long time ago about the making of "Night" and there were all kinds of interesting details.

That's what I'd heard, too. There was no casting call for a black lead.

Though I consider the banal, PA setting part of its charm and contributing to its success, other actors might have been put off by it.

Night of the Living Dead was simply a good movie.
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