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VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 09: Director George A. Romero attends the "Survival Of The Dead" premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 9, 2009 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

George A. Romero was a great cinematic treasure, who created Night of the Living Dead.

And though we can certainly thank him for all his great bodies of work, you have to realize how he has inspired generations to come because of his ideas.

For that, we salute the late George A. Romero, and help you realize what other favorite things that wouldn’t exist without his genius – AKA, Zombie Themed Awesomeness.

 

Shaun Of The Dead

Because Romero created Dawn of the Dead, and let’s face it, revolutionized the idea of zombies, you’d never have reached the cinematic comedy achievement that is Shaun of the Dead. 

 

Dead Alive

Whether Peter Jackson will want to admit it or not, Dead Alive had to have been inspired by watching a ton of George A. Romero movies. And of course, that whole mom thing is reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. You can’t hate on a zombie apocalypse this grotesque, especially with the whole Priest kicking ass in the name of the Lord thing. Who says Peter Jackson’s first cinematic masterpiece was Lord Of The Rings?

 

The Walking Dead

Do you think that AMC would be nearly as successful these days if it weren’t for The Walking Dead? 7 Seasons later, the show is still on, capitalizing the genre of current days.

 

Re-Animator

Taking a step away from the typical zombie film, Re-Animator follows a scientist who finds a way to bring back the dead, but when they return from the dead, they aren’t exactly all there. Otherwise, instead of looking at Zombies as a “virus” that was activated or contracted, this doctor gave them an injection to bring them to life. Though the film doesn’t follow the same tropes, it totally is a direct result of the zombie film we’ve grown to love.

Re-Animator Trailer

It gave 80s horror a gore-filled boot up the backside, proudly challenging others to match its level of blood and guts, and now Re-Animator is being brought back to life, this time in a stunning high definition Blu-ray thanks to Second Sight Films. And as if that wasn't enough, this outrageous, game-changing horror directed by Stuart Gordon (From Beyond) and produced by Brian Yuzna (Society), comes complete with buckets of additional features and a stunning Steelbook edition.

 

Thriller (The Music Video / Film)

Though it’s hard to take dancing zombies all that seriously, something about Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video screams the age of Zombie cinema. You have to honestly give credit where credit is due by having MJ’s fascination with horror leak through to something of this magnitude.

 

Thank you, George A. Romero, for all that you’ve done. Let us hope you rest, unlike your gruesome creations.

 

Amy Cooper is a pop culture writer who occasionally watches gruesome films of the occult nature, mostly peeking from behind a blanket. 

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