George Romero, Creator Of 'Night Of The Living Dead,' Dies At 77

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Hollywood lost two of its stars this weekend - George Romero and Martin Landau. More about Landau in a couple of minutes. First, director George Romero - he died at age 77 after a career in which he invented the modern zombie genre. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has this appreciation. (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD") MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: George A. Romero invented the modern zombie with his low-budget 1968 classic "Night Of The Living Dead." His zombies were dazed, flesh-devouring, marauding corpses that could only be obliterated with a shot to the head. (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD") DEL BARCO: The movie follows a panicked crew of survivors holed up in...

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