As you kick back to enjoy the new season of The Walking Dead, remember it almost certainly owes a debt to George A Romero. The Night of the Living Dead auteur pioneered the zombie genre — but that means he’s also been around long enough to see the genre fundamentally change over the past decade or so.
George Romero, himself, has unearthed 10 minutes of long-lost footage from his 1968 zombie horror classic Night of the Living Dead. Even better? It’s said to be the most zombie-filled scenes of the original cut.
We spend quite a bit of time in horror films rooting for people to survive, hoping they'll outsmart the psycho with the knife or outrun the monster or overcome the zombie horde. But sometimes there are those characters that we actively (and happily) root against, those characters so disruptive, so grating, so just plain annoying, that we can't wait to watch them meet their ends.
There will come a time when the dead walk the earth and stroll in front of movie cameras—and when they do, it'll be the makeup artists who'll bring those zombies to life. And who knows? Some of those behind-the-scenes magicians may be discovered on Syfy's Face-Off, the next episode of which puts its contestants through the creating-the-undead ringer.
The recent deaths of multiple major Lost characters in a single submarine disaster left a lot of viewers gasping. But those were far from the first sci-fi, fantasy and horror deaths that came out of nowhere and left us reeling.