George A. Romero (*1940)



George Romero started his career in the late 1960s with the first modern horror film, the hugely successful NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. He worked on similar movies in the 1970s and delivered his masterpiece in 1978 with DAWN OF THE DEAD, a stomach-churning apocalyptic horror film, one of the best of the genre. The last part of the DEAD-trilogy was DAY OF THE DEAD in 1985, which due to some budgetary restrictions was not the epic that Romero intended to make.
Romero always includes social commentary in his films, sometimes more, sometimes less successfully. His best achievements are: The DEAD-trilogy, MARTIN, and KNIGHTRIDERS. In 2002, Romero took part in a poll initiated by the British Film Institute. Among others, he names Roman Polanski's REPULSION and Stanley Kubrick's DR. STRANGELOVE as two of the greatest films ever made. Romero's own favorite film of all time is THE TALES OF HOFFMAN by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.


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Filmography:

It Happened to Jane (1959; misc)
Night of the Living Dead (1968; dir, coscr, cin, edit)
There's Always Vanilla (1972; dir, scr, cin, edit)
Season of the Witch (1973; dir, scr, cocin, edit; aka Hungry Wives)
The Crazies (1973; dir, scr, edit; based on a novel by Paul McCollough)
Martin (1977; dir, scr, edit, act)
Dawn of the Dead (1978; dir, coscr, coedit, act)
Knightriders (1981; dir, scr, coedit)
Creepshow (1982; dir, coedit; based on a comic book)
Day of the Dead (1985; dir, scr, act)
Creepshow 2 (1987; coscr)
Flight of the Spruce Goose (1987; act)
Monkey Shines (1988; dir, scr; based on the novel by Michael Stewart)
Document of the Dead (1989; documentary featuring Romero)
Two Evil Eyes (1990; codir, coscr; based on writings by Edgar Allan Poe)
Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (1990; seq scr)
Night of the Living Dead (1990; scr, exec prod)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991; act)
The Dark Half (1993; dir, scr, exec prod; based on the novel by Stephen King)
Bruiser (2000; dir, scr, coprod)
The American Nightmare (2000; doc; as interviewee)
Dawn of the Dead (2004; based on his original screenplay)
Land of the Dead (2005; dir, scr, coprod)

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Ron Altman (last update 09/18/05)