Watch: George Romero's First Zombie Masterpiece

As eulogies for the filmmaker, who died Sunday, pour in from around the world, we thought we’d let Romero’s work speak for itself.




photo: shutterstock
 

George A. Romero, the Bronx native who turned his adopted Pittsburgh into the zombie capital of the world, died Sunday at the age of 77.

Romero’s 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead,” made on a shoestring budget in nearby Evans City, created the fictional archetype of the zombie; while the name existed beforehand, the hallmarks of the creature — a recently-dead, cannibalistic ghoul which shuffles incessantly towards its intended victim — were invented by Romero, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University eight years before “Night of the Living Dead” was released.

He went on to make several sequels to the film, including “Dawn of the Dead,” the film regarded by many as his masterpiece and one of the greatest horror films of all time. That film was shot in Monroeville Mall, continuing Romero’s trend of making movies in and around his adopted Pittsburgh; such films as “The Crazies,” “Knightriders” and “Creepshow” were also shot largely in western Pennsylvania.

As eulogies for the filmmaker pour in from around the world, we thought we’d let Romero’s work speak for itself. Here is the original “Night of the Living Dead” in its entirety; please note that the film may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

More From The 412

New Pittsburgh Company Will Jump-Start Your Car Battery for Free

New Pittsburgh Company Will Jump-Start Your Car Battery for Free

Developers at Jumpit are reinventing emergency roadside assistance.
Pair of Pittsburgh Restaurants Earn Nationwide Recognition

Pair of Pittsburgh Restaurants Earn Nationwide Recognition

Two of our favorite eateries are among Bon Appétit Magazine’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America.
No Surprise, Tourists' Love Puts Pittsburgh in Top 10

No Surprise, Tourists' Love Puts Pittsburgh in Top 10

It appears more and more tourists are happy to spend their vacations in the 'Burgh.
Imagine Living Here - You Can Tour the Ultimate House

Imagine Living Here - You Can Tour the Ultimate House

How would you decorate this 7,200-square-foot masterpiece? Come inside and see how the experts did it.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

19 Pittsburgh-Area Burgers That We Love

19 Pittsburgh-Area Burgers That We Love

PM dining critic Hal B. Klein spent months eating scores of hamburgers in and around Pittsburgh. Find out how he narrowed his list down to 19 — and see which ones made the cut.
Meet 3 Butchers of the 'Burgh and Pittsburgh's ‘Brisket Boss’

Meet 3 Butchers of the 'Burgh and Pittsburgh's ‘Brisket Boss’

We visit Salem's halal butcher shop, the butchery program at Whitfield restaurant and the Butcher on Butler. Plus, smoking tips from the Brisket Boss.
The Region's Top Dentists 2017

The Region's Top Dentists 2017

Our annual list, which contains 369 dentists in the region, as determined by topDENTISTS.
Showtime Brothers: A Tale of Two Hollanders

Showtime Brothers: A Tale of Two Hollanders

In the 13 years since CBS’ ‘The Guardian’ went off the air, the Mt. Lebanon-raised siblings who inspired and wrote the series, Scott and David Hollander, have continued to export Pittsburgh nationally.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Recycling Made Easy: A One-Stop Spot to Unload Your E-Junk

Recycling Made Easy: A One-Stop Spot to Unload Your E-Junk

The Pennsylvania Resource Council is hosting a hard-to-recycle collection event Saturday at LaRoche College.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
First Look: Superior Motors

First Look: Superior Motors

Kevin Sousa's Braddock restaurant finally is open. So how is it?

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best Places for Kids on Rainy Days in Pittsburgh

Best Places for Kids on Rainy Days in Pittsburgh

Read on for some under-the-radar ideas on how you and the kids can survive a rainy day this summer.

Comments


Bloomfield Bridge Tavern To Close in October

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern To Close in October

The 32-year-old bar, known for Polish fare and live music, is shuttering due to increasing insurance costs.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Deal or No Deal is a Complex Question for Surprising Pirates

Deal or No Deal is a Complex Question for Surprising Pirates

There’s no reason to be sellers now that the season has taken a turn toward the competitive, but nor should the Pirates be desperate to buy and in the process over-spend.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Ease Your Way Into Style With These Slides

Ease Your Way Into Style With These Slides

Slide through summer with these trendy velvet slip-on shoes from Vintage Grace Boutique.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Valerian and Dunkirk are (Very Different) Winners

Valerian and Dunkirk are (Very Different) Winners

Reviews of "Dunkirk" and "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
 Pittsburgh-Area Couples Get Creative with Guest Books

Pittsburgh-Area Couples Get Creative with Guest Books

These two couples turned their traditional guest books into artistic opportunities.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Downtown Plans: From Parking Garage to Luxury Condos

Downtown Plans: From Parking Garage to Luxury Condos

The proposed mixed-used development would include 185 high-end apartments, plus retail space.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

School trustees voted this week to increase tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Comments