Sunday evening and into Monday morning, grief-filled tribute posts caused "George Romero" to trend on social media. The legendary horror filmmaker passed away Sunday from a swift, aggressive battle with lung cancer. Romero was adored by his fans. That went without saying. The social media posts expressing grief over the loss of Romero weren't limited to undead fans though. The king of zombies also left countless fellow filmmakers and fellow writers brokenhearted in the land of the living. The substance of Sunday night's postings made it strikingly obvious how important George Romero was to his fellow filmmakers and industry comrades.
Writer and director Edgar Wright, director and co-writer of the British horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, says he owes a film career to Romero.
"It's fair to say that without George A. Romero, I would not have the career I have now," Wright wrote. "A lot of people owe George a huge debt of gratitude for the inspiration. I am just one of many."
Wright admitted that he was infatuated with Romero's work before he was actually old enough to watch any of the films. He recalled "scouring through horror and fantasy magazine for stills, posters, and articles way before" he was old enough to watch Romero's movies.