Remembering George A. Romero by Eli Roth

Impossible to quantify how much George Romero meant to me and what he did for cinema. 50 years ago, at the height of the civil rights movement, he used genre to confront racism. He always had diverse casts, casting Duane Jones as the heroic lead of Night of the Living Dead.

Very few people were taking such risks, and he continued that with Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead

He was incredibly socially conscious, you can trace a direct line from NOTLD to Get Out. Not to mention that he literally created all the modern zombie rules and never got any royalties for it. The infectious bite, shoot them in the head — everything. And because he never copyrighted NOTLD it was all just taken as public domain.

But all modern zombie films come from him. His impact in cinema is immeasurable.

– Eli Roth

George A. Romero

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Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

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