George A Romero probably dead

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Horror Director George A Romero may well be dead, but so far nobody has dared get close enough to make sure.

Romero, who created the zombie genre of films and inspired generations of writers, directors and game creators to follow in his shambling, bloodied footsteps, is understood to have stopped breathing last night but that means nothing. Nothing, you fools.

Fans and followers have been very carefully showing their respects from a safe distance; you know, just in case.

His influence over contemporary pop-culture was immense: from World War Z to The Walking Dead to the White Walkers of Game of Thrones, it is unlikely that any of these things would have happened if he hadn’t filmed a low-budget shocker in 1968 – a shocker that was far deeper than it appeared upon first sight.

That film, Night of the Living Dead, has been described as the only film ‘to truly capture what Pittsburgh is all about’.

Using horror as social commentary, he went on to cover consumerism, militarism and economics followed – inspiring in his wake creatives such as Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King.

He also inspired Eli Roth, but you can’t have everything.

Romero had a fierce satirical mind which highlighted the absurdities of modern life through the medium of taking ideas to their logical extreme and ridiculing them, but we here at NewsThump wouldn’t know anything about that.

Rest in Peace, George. Please.