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George A. Romero



American director George A. Romero was making films from the age of 14 -- like most teen movie enthusiasts, with an 8 mm camera. Matriculating into the industrial-film business in Pittsburgh, Romero accrued enough capital to make his first feature-length film in 1968, a graphically gruesome zombie picture entitled Night of the Living Dead. Barely making back its cost on its initial release, the movie received some welcome, if adverse, publicity when Reader's Digest devoted an article to it. The magazine was appalled at the scenes of cannibalism and similar horrors, going so far as to insist that a movement be started to have the picture banned. Naturally, this made the movie more popular than ever, much more so than if Reader's Digest had simply ignored it. And the subsequent profits of Night of the Living Dead enabled Romero to finance several more low-budget scare pictures before he broke into the mainstream with Dawn of the Dead in 1978, a semi-comic sequel to his first film. Day of the Dead (1985), the third of the Dead Trilogy, was more elaborate than his earlier productions, but also more disappointing. Still, Romero could point with pride to such films as Creepshow (1980), Martin (1978), and his weekly TV terror anthology Tales From the Darkside (1984-1986), which belied its tiny budget with excellent writing, first-rate actors (Barnard Hughes, Fritz Weaver, Jerry Stiller, Eddie Bracken, et al.) and bone-chilling makeup effects. Although remaining in the realm of B-movies by choice, Romero has exerted considerable influence on an entire school of higher-budget horror directors, notably John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and especially Brian De Palma. Romero is married to actress and long-time collaborator Christine Forrest.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Why Horror?
  • Actor
2014
96% Birth Of The Living Dead
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Year of the Living Dead (Birth of the Living Dead)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Rep
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Night Of The Living Dead, Now In 3d!
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
29% Survival of the Dead
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
71% The Crazies
  • Executive Producer
2010
100% Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Direct Your Own Damn Movie!
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Fantastic Flesh
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Dead Eyes Open
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Zombie Jamboree: 25th Anniversary Convention for "Night of the Living Dead"
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Zombiemania
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness
  • Host
2008
62% Diary of the Dead
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2007
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television
  • Actor
2005
89% Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
  • Actor
2005
73% Land of the Dead
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Make Your Own Damn Movie
  • Actor
2005
67% The American Nightmare
  • Actor
2001
67% Bruiser
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2000
68% Night of the Living Dead
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose - The Glory Years
  • Director
1994
57% The Dark Half
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1993
95% The Silence of the Lambs
  • Memphis FBI Agent
1991
35% Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
  • Screenwriter
1990
55% Two Evil Eyes
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
50% Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear
  • Director
1988
33% Creepshow 2
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness! (Screen Scaries)
  • Actor
1987
82% Day of the Dead
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet Document of the Dead
  • Actor
1985
69% Creepshow
  • Director
1982
75% Knightriders
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1981
92% Dawn of the Dead
  • Director
1979
93% Martin
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Father Howard
1977
No Score Yet There's Always Vanilla
  • Director
1973
53% The Crazies
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet Hungry Wives
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1973
96% Night of the Living Dead
  • Director
  • Washington Reporter (uncredited)
  • Screenwriter
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice

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