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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2009, file photo, director George Romero arrives for the screening of the film "Survival Of The Dead" at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, horror film director George Romero, who directed "The Night of The Living Dead" waves a Terrible Towel before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. It was the anniversary of the film that was made in the Pittsburgh area. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2009, file photo, director George Romero poses with some fans dressed as zombies after accepting a special award during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, file photo, director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 file photo, director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead' at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

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#13. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film, directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and was completed on a $114,000 budget. The film became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally. It has been a cult classic ever since. Night of the Living Dead was heavily criticized at its release for its explicit gore. It eventually garnered critical acclaim and has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, as a film deemed, "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The story follows characters Ben (Duane Jones), Barbra (Judith O'Dea), and five others trapped in a rural farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania, which is attacked by a large and growing group of unnamed "living dead" monsters drawing on earlier depictions in popular culture of zombies, which has led this type of creature to be referred to most popularly as a zombie. This is the most easily-recognized version of the living dead, to the point where people gather in mass quantities for conventions dressed as zombies , complete with makeup and prosthetic limbs. Night of the Living Dead led to five subsequent films between 1978 and 2010. They were also directed by Romero and has inspired several remakes.

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George Romero has been working with zombies for over 40-years.