Magazine article Variety

Romero Was Icon, Friend to Carpenter

Magazine article Variety

Romero Was Icon, Friend to Carpenter

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Director John Carpenter remembers filmmaker George A. Romero, who died July 16, as a very gentle person who happened to change film history.

"I first saw 'Night of the Living Dead' when it came out in 1968," Carpenter said. "It gave hope to those of us in film school that it was possible to make a low-budget movie and get it on the big screen."

The seminal zombie film was "the beginning of modern horror," Carpenter said. "It was a little influenced by Vietnam, and it had a black hero. That was totally new; it just wasn't done then. Now it doesn't seem so shocking."

The level of explicit gore was also pretty high for the time, the director said. Carpenter also loved the sequel, "Dawn of the Dead."

A few years later, after Carpenter's "The Thing" was released, the two filmmakers finally met up. "He was extremely gracious," Carpenter said. They became friends, talking on the phone and running into each other at genre conventions. …

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