george-romero-610x914George Romero, father of the modern zombie film, has died at the age of 77. BBC, Variety, LA Times, New York Times, Hollywood Reporter.

“My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly. I’m pointing the finger at us, not at the zombies. I try to respect and sympathize with the zombies as much as possible.”

He reportedly died in his sleep with his family close after a short, but fierce, struggle with lung cancer. He, of course, created the modern zombie film with 1966’s Night of the Living Dead. Made for just over $100,000, the film went on to earn $30 million at the box office despite heated criticism of its graphic nature.

“I always thought of the zombies as being about revolution, one generation consuming the next.”

The word “Zombie” never appeared in the film. He would go on to direct a total of six “Dead” films and inspire countless others.

“My zombies will never take over the world because I need the humans. The humans are the ones I dislike the most, and they’re where the trouble really lies.”

Thank you, George. You will be missed.

We adore Smart, insightful, no-nonsense comedy that often actually teaches you something (often things you never wanted to know, but still). So when they announced they were doing a zombie series, we were amazingly on-board. Well, it’s here! All four episodes uploaded at once for a mini-binge.

Sadly, the whole thing kinda blows. There’s giggles, but overall… it’s a pass. You want something hilarious from Cracked? Watch After Hours. Seriously, some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever seen. If you absolutely must have a story from the zombie point-of-view, why not try Wasting Away? It wasn’t great either, but it did give it one hell of a try.

Guangzhou ZombieAs the New York Times reports, China is now arresting people creating hoaxes on social media after a rash of scares. Apparently, in addition to a refrigerated alien in Shandong Province and a hairless, lemur-elf-thing in the Huairou District of Beijing there have been no less that two high profile zombie reports that have gained traction with the population.

In one case photos of a mummified corpse found by archaeologists was promoted as  evidence of a zombie outbreak. In a second case, photos from an apparent subway zombie attack of a woman in the city of Guangzhou were published. Some reports claim the photos were of an actual assault, while others pin them as stills from a low-budget movie. Whatever the case may be, the man who posted them as a zombie attack spent 10 days in prison.

The moral of the story is clear: if you get attacked by a zombie in China, you might want to keep it to yourself.