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Filmmaker George A. Romero has created such classic horror films as Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead.
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Romero also worked in television, serving as the host and a producer on Tales from the Darkside.
Never abandoning the zombies for long, Romero released his third film in the series, Day of the Dead, in 1985. In it,
he dialed down some of the violent content to focus on character development. The film looks at scientific research and the military as the few remaining humans look for ways to retrain or enslave the zombie majority. One scientist tries to reprogram a zombie named Bub not to eat human flesh.
Romero seemed to slow down during the 1990s with only one major film to his credit. Again working on material by Stephen King, he directed the film adaptation of The Dark Half (1993). Timothy Hutton starred a writer who ends up battling his own fictional alter-ego.
As he had in the past, Romero returned to his zombie films as a means of making social satire and commentary. He has made three more installments in the series. With 2005's Land of the Dead, Romero explores political power and revolution in one of the remaining human cities. John Leguizamo, Simon Baker, and Asia Argento starred in what Variety called "a tour de force of . . . independent filmmaking . . . [and] independent thinking." He then took on the media and journalism with 2007's Diary of the Dead. And in 2009's Survival of the Dead, fighting breaks out among the residents of a New England island over how to handle their zombies. Romero has said that the film is about tribalism.
In addition to making new films, Romero has participated in the remakes of some of his classic works. He was an executive producer on the 2010 version of The Crazies starring Timothy Olyphant. Romero also served as an executive producer on the 2012 documentary Into the Dark: Exploring the Horror Film. Outside of film, Romero has contributed to several video games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Twice married, Romero has two adult children, son G. Cameron and daughter Tina. Both of them have followed him into the film industry. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
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