George Romero - Father of the Zombie Genre

by urbanemovies | created - 19 Jul 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

George A. Romero (1940–2017) was a horror pioneer, iconic film-making legend and the father of the modern zombie horror sub-genre. He leaves his mark as a writer, director, producer and editor, in each of the past six decades, with his groundbreaking work in the horror genre. Some of Romero's movies have deeper themes, satirizing bigotry, excessive consumerism and other social-political issues. Today's hit TV series and movie franchises, like The Walking Dead (2010), Fear the Walking Dead (2015), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Resident Evil (2002), all owe a debt to Romero's work that both influenced filmmakers and popularized the genre.

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1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 115,692 | Gross: $5.10M

2. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures, and creepy, unexplained events.

Stars: Paul Sparer, Catherine Battistone, John Marzilli, Karen Shallo

Votes: 5,997

3. Day of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

As the world is overrun by zombies, a small group of scientists and military personnel dwelling in an underground bunker in Florida must determine whether they should educate, eliminate or escape the undead horde.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy

Votes: 66,115 | Gross: $5.80M

4. Creepshow (1982)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

An anthology which tells five terrifying tales inspired by the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 44,763 | Gross: $21.03M

5. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

89 Metascore

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a horde of flesh-eating ghouls that are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 121,648 | Gross: $0.09M

6. The Crazies (2010)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.

Director: Breck Eisner | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson

Votes: 115,580 | Gross: $39.12M

7. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror

59 Metascore

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 245,671 | Gross: $59.02M

8. The Dark Half (1993)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A writer's fictional alter ego wants to take over his life...at any price.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris

Votes: 16,898 | Gross: $9.58M

9. Land of the Dead (2005)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

71 Metascore

The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: John Leguizamo, Asia Argento, Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 94,450 | Gross: $20.70M

10. Creepshow 2 (1987)

R | 92 min | Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die.

Director: Michael Gornick | Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John, Tom Savini

Votes: 23,977 | Gross: $14.00M

11. Night of the Living Dead (1990)

R | 92 min | Horror

54 Metascore

When the unburied dead return to life and seek human victims, seven refugees seek shelter in a house in the Pennsylvanian countryside, but the group is at odds as to how they should deal with the situation.

Director: Tom Savini | Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles, McKee Anderson

Votes: 40,489 | Gross: $5.84M

12. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young boy tells three stories of horror to distract a witch who plans to eat him.

Director: John Harrison | Stars: Debbie Harry, Matthew Lawrence, Christian Slater, David Forrester

Votes: 16,353 | Gross: $16.32M

13. Diary of the Dead (2007)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts, Todd Schroeder

Votes: 46,852 | Gross: $0.96M

14. The Crazies (1973)

R | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones, Lloyd Hollar

Votes: 12,557 | Gross: $0.15M

15. Survival of the Dead (2009)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

43 Metascore

On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Joshua Peace

Votes: 21,059 | Gross: $0.10M

16. Monkey Shines (1988)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 11,349 | Gross: $5.34M

17. Martin (1976)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror

68 Metascore

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau

Votes: 10,607 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Day of the Dead (2008 Video)

R | 86 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

When a small Colorado town is overrun by the flesh hungry dead a small group of survivors try to escape in a last ditch effort to stay alive.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, Michael Welch, AnnaLynne McCord

Votes: 20,683

19. Bruiser (2000)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery

After years of being tread upon and cheated on, a man awakens to find his face has a been replaced by a blank, white mask.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Peter Stormare, Leslie Hope, Nina Garbiras

Votes: 5,867

20. Two Evil Eyes (1990)

R | 120 min | Horror

61 Metascore

Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, directed by famed horror directors George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely; a sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.

Directors: Dario Argento, George A. Romero | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, Bingo O'Malley

Votes: 6,684 | Gross: $0.35M

21. Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)

R | 80 min | Horror

32 Metascore

Both an homage to and a re-imagining of the original 1968 film, this update follows a group of survivors trapped in a farmhouse battling a siege of undead zombies....in 3D!

Director: Jeff Broadstreet | Stars: Brianna Brown, Joshua DesRoches, Sid Haig, Greg Travis

Votes: 3,665 | Gross: $0.22M

22. Season of the Witch (1972)

R | 130 min | Drama, Horror

40 Metascore

A neglected, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft with unexpected consequences.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jan White, Raymond Laine, Ann Muffly, Joedda McClain

Votes: 3,171

23. Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2017)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Horror

A small group of military personnel and survivalists dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies.

Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens | Stars: Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech, Jeff Gum, Marcus Vanco

Votes: 11,466

05 January 2018 (USA) release

24. The Amusement Park (1975)

54 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

77 Metascore

An elderly gentleman goes for what he assumes will be an ordinary day at the amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lincoln Maazel, Harry Albacker, Phyllis Casterwiler, Pete Chovan

Votes: 1,464

08 June 2021 (USA) release, added 08 June 2021



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