|The late horror filmmaker George A. Romero was posthumously honoured with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. — AFP Photo|Viet Nam News
LOS ANGELES — US filmmaker George A. Romero, whose 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead spawned the zombie movie genre, was posthumously honoured Wednesday with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Filmmaker Edgar Wright, actor Malcolm McDowell and special effects guru Greg Nicotero paid tribute to the director, who died in July at the age of 77, at the ceremony in front of a quartet of actors made up as zombies.
"I’m not sure I would be working in Hollywood right now if it wasn’t for George," said Wright, 43, whose 2004 zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead" went on to be a cultural touchstone of its own.
"A lot of people owe George a huge debt of gratitude for his inspiration. I’m just one of many."
Shot in black-and-white on a budget of just over $100,000, Romero’s debut feature Night of the Living Dead daringly featured black actor Duane Jones as its lead.
Some film scholars later suggested the movie was a subversive critique of US society during the 1960s, while its gory realism was reminiscent of footage from the Vietnam war airing on American TV at the time.
The film went on to gross over $30 million worldwide, and led to five sequels including Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) -- inspiring an entire genre that remains a Hollywood staple to this day and earning the nickname Knight of the Living Dead.
Nicotero, a veteran special effects make-up artist and executive producer and regular director on AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead, recalled becoming friends with the filmmaker and quitting pre-med to manage the make-up effects department on Day of the Dead. — AFP