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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.Romero is credited with reinventing the movie zombie with his directorial debut, the 1968 cult classic, "Night of the Living Dead". The movie set the rules imitators lived by: Zombies move slowly, lust for human flesh and can only be killed when shot in the head. If a zombie bites a human, the person dies and returns as a zombie.Romero's zombies, however, were always more than mere cannibals. Ten years after "Night of the Living Dead," Romero made "Dawn of the Dead," where human survivors take refuge from the undead in a mall and then turn on each other as the zombies stumble around the shopping complex.Romero maintained that he wouldn't make horror films if he couldn't fill them with political statements.The third in Romero's zombie series, 1985's "Day of the Dead," was a critical and commercial failure.Romero struggled to get films made late in life.
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