George A. Romero, the director who helped put zombies on the pop culture map with 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, died following a brief battle with lung cancer on July 16th. He was 77.
"We always sort of refer to Night of the Living Dead as the Holy Grail of zombie movies," The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero told Rolling Stone in 2013. "All of the rules – you've gotta shoot it in the head to kill it – before 1969, that little piece of folklore didn't exist. Now it's part of popular culture. So we owe a lot to George's vision and the world he set up."