Passing On

‘Night of the Living Dead’ director George Romero dies at 77 in New York

The horror movie maker was suffering from lung cancer, his business partner said in a statement.

The creator of the zombie film genre, filmmaker George Romero, died at the age of 77 on Sunday in New York. Romero was suffering from lung cancer and had died in his sleep, his long-time business partner, Peter Grunwald, told The Los Angeles Times in a statement.

Romero died while listening to his favourite score from 1952 film The Quiet Man, Grunwald said. His wife and daughter were by his side at Toronto Hospital in New York.

Romero is the director of the classic zombie film, Night of the Living Dead. The success of this film led to the creation of five sequels, including the 1978 box office hit, Dawn of the Dead.

Born in February 1940 in Bronx area of the New York City, Romero began his filmmaking career as a commercial director. Throughout his career, Romero explored the horror genre, and directed classics, including The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982) and Monkey Shines (1988).

In an interview with NPR in July 2014, Romero had said he did not expect his career to be dominated by zombie films. “All I did was I took them out of exotica and I made them the neighbours,” he said. I thought there’s nothing scarier than the neighbours!”

Tributes pour in

Author Stephen King said he was sad to hear of Romero’s death. “George, there will never be another like you,” King said on Twitter. Actor Bruce Campbell said Night of the Living Dead was a cornerstone of the zombie genre. “Massively influential. He was bright and very sweet to me. Safe journey, George,” Campbell said.

Actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani said Romero was “a true legend”. “Started a new genre on his own. Who else can claim that?”

We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

Children's Day is not for children alone

It’s also a time for adults to revisit their childhood.

Most adults look at childhood wistfully, as a time when the biggest worry was a scraped knee, every adult was a source of chocolate and every fight lasted only till the next playtime. Since time immemorial, children seem to have nailed the art of being joyful, and adults can learn a thing or two about stress-free living from them. Now it’s that time of the year again when children are celebrated for...simply being children, and let it serve as a timely reminder for adults to board that imaginary time machine and revisit their childhood. If you’re unable to unbuckle yourself from your adult seat, here is some inspiration.

Start small, by doodling at the back page of your to-do diary as a throwback to that ancient school tradition. If you’re more confident, you could even start your own comic strip featuring people in your lives. You can caricaturise them or attribute them animal personalities for the sake of humour. Stuck in a boring meeting? Draw your boss with mouse ears or your coffee with radioactive powers. Just make sure you give your colleagues aliases.

Pull a prank, those not resulting in revenue losses of course. Prank calls, creeping up behind someone…pull them out from your memory and watch as everyone has a good laugh. Dress up a little quirky for work. It’s time you tried those colourful ties, or tastefully mismatched socks. Dress as your favourite cartoon characters someday – it’s as easy as choosing a ponytail-style, drawing a scar on your forehead or converting a bath towel into a cape. Even dinner can be full of childish fun. No, you don’t have to eat spinach if you don’t like it. Use the available cutlery and bust out your favourite tunes. Spoons and forks are good enough for any beat and for the rest, count on your voice to belt out any pitch. Better yet, stream the classic cartoons of your childhood instead of binge watching drama or news; they seem even funnier as an adult. If you prefer reading before bedtime, do a reread of your favourite childhood book(s). You’ll be surprised by their timeless wisdom.

A regular day has scope for childhood indulgences in every nook and cranny. While walking down a lane, challenge your friend to a non-stop game of hopscotch till the end of the tiled footpath. If you’re of a petite frame, insist on a ride in the trolley as you about picking items in the supermarket. Challenge your fellow gym goers and trainers to a hula hoop routine, and beat ‘em to it!

Children have an incredible ability to be completely immersed in the moment during play, and acting like one benefits adults too. Just count the moments of precious laughter you will have added to your day in the process. So, take time to indulge yourself and celebrate life with child-like abandon, as the video below shows.


This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of SBI Life and not by the Scroll editorial team.