THE LAST KNOCK presents: Remembering George A. Romero

The Last KnockGeorge A. Romero brought the world a new kind of ghoul in 1968 with his seminal film, Night of the Living Dead. Since then, the social conscientious independent went on to write, produce, and helm many films around his adopted city of Pittsburgh.

Romero wasn’t just an indie filmmaker, but a career maker for some and an inspiration to others. We’ll look at this renowned gentleman and his life, and his work from the remainder of his “dead” series, to Martin, Creepshow, and more.

Horror lost a beloved director and master of the genre on July 16, but we extend our condolences and very best wishes to his family and friend because they lost much more.

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  • Jon Weidler

    As we were giving our closing thoughts, I totally overlooked Wes Craven’s passing a few years ago, and regret the omission. He and Romero started within a few years of each other, and their first features pushed the genre forward in terms of visceral, boundary-pushing horror and social commentary. Both had self-deprecating demeanors, and were often the first to point out the flaws in their work. As with Romero and zombies, Craven was just as influential on the genre, with iconic – and much-imitated – films like LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET becoming the stuff of genre legend. Both directors leave behind a rich legacy of innovative films.

    • crashpalace

      Indeed.

  • Jon and Bill, that was an excellent remembrance show!
    NOTLD is one of those rare films that is timeless. Any time it’s playing and my clicker lands on it, I’ll enjoy it again and again. With each new viewing, I’m hoping Barbara will snap out of her post traumatic stress crap, spiraling her downward into an obnoxious, whining, fetal position, that she’ll help rather than hurt the deadly situations inside and outside of the farm house. I’ll also wish the dick of a father with his family in the basement will nut up and join the new Barbara in combating the Living Dead. But mostly, I hope the final trigger is pulled with no round left in the chamber to wipe a good and brave man from the light of day. The pile of corpses was surely large enough without him.

    • crashpalace

      Thanks, Ron! And I love your comments and agree wholeheartedly.

      This is why I enjoyed the updated battle-ready Barbara in Savini’s remake. She was out to make sure the dead stayed dead!