Today is George A. Romero's birthday. The father of the modern zombie is 70 years old today. Romeros is best known for having created Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead, and thus having invented modern horror. You wouldn't have Left 4 Dead, or Dead Rising, or Resident Evil without Romero, kids,
To celebrate, FEARnet is being overrun with undead today. Check out what's going to be on the site:
- Tributes to George Romero from horror notables Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Max Brooks (World War Z) and others.
- Video interviews with Romero and cast members of his groundbreaking “Living Dead” series of films.
- Full-length, free streaming movies featuring the consequences of zombie-like outbreaks, including Mulberry Street, the aptly titled J-horror film Infection and David Cronenberg’s classic Shivers.
- Zombie American, a short starring The Hangover’s Ed Helms
- A Jobs of the Damned video lesson from Doug Jones (Hellboy’s Abe Sapien and the creepy Ice Cream Truck guy from Legion) on how to move like a zombie.
- A review of the Kevin Hamedani’s post-9-11 political horror-comedy Zombies of Mass Destruction, part of this year’s After Dark Horrorfest.
- Original zombie haikus penned by FEARnet site visitors in Romero’s honor, like:
slip, stumble, fall, rise
undead feet on icy ground
zombies hate winter
And to top things off, FEARnet will “tweet like a zombie,” retweeting zombie-related comments from horror fans and notables all day long. #Braaaiiiins!