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RIP, George A. Romero

Courtesy of The Telegraph, 2013

The film world lost the visionary who brought zombies to big-screen prominence on July 16th, 2017.

George A. Romero died sleeping peacefully, his flesh thankfully not eaten by one of the “ghouls” he famously created for Night of the Living Dead in 1968. While it is never mentioned in the original, Romero became synonymous with the word zombie through cult-status sequels Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. Apocalyptic-themed The Crazies, made between Night and Dawn, is really, really good too, just sayin’. To say nuttin’ of the countless imitators that followed, some of whom sleep on top of a pile of money, (probably) with many beautiful women. Yeah I’m lookin’ at you, Robert Kirkman.

I have no idea which of Romero’s movies may have inspired this song, but I’m fairly confident Canadian garage punk duo The King Khan & BBQ Show are fans of his œuvre. They’re from Montreal, where that’s how you say body of work.

It is therefore the most fitting tribute I can give the Godfather of the Dead. Now get to binge-watching his zombie filmography like I plan on doing!

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