Father of the zombie film George A. Romero may have shuffled off this mortal coil, but his legacy lives on through his genre-defining Living Dead series.
Beginning in 1968 with his directorial debut Night of the Living Dead – which basically set the standard for all future zombie movies – through to 2009’s Survival of the Dead, Romero’s six movie strong series is so influential it’s spawned countless remakes, unofficial sequels, homages and parodies.
Luckily for us horror fans, Romero’s Living Dead series looks set to continue in the trusted hands of his writer-director son Cameron Romero with a prequel titled Rise of the Living Dead set shortly before the events of Night of the Living Dead.
Currently in the pre-production stage, it could be a while before we see Rise of the Living Dead but in the meantime what better opportunity to take a look back at Romero’s seminal series with the most mind-blowing Living Dead facts out there in the wild...
20. Why There Are So Many Night Of The Living Dead Copycats
Ever wondered why there are so many remakes of Night of the Living Dead? Well, back when the movie was made a notice of copyright during a film’s opening credits was required otherwise it would technically be in the public domain.
Due to a clerical flub, the proper copyright status wasn’t included when the movie changed its name from Night of the Flesh Eaters to Night of the Living Dead meaning that anyone could remake it or distribute it completely free of charge or permission.
Hence why we have later movies like Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection, A Night of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, Night of the Living Dead 3D … the list is huge. And unfortunately pretty terrible.