The Top 13 MASTERS OF HORROR: Writer/Directors

By Preston Garrett · July 29, 2010

3. George A. Romero

Another genre inventor, Romero essentially invented the zombie movie for what it is today.  Night of the Living Dead (1968) wasn't only terrifying to audiences when it came out – it was also one of the first films in a post Heat of the Night world to make an African American actor the hero of the story.  It can even be said that this was the jumping off point for Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, employing verite and POV camera techniques that were seldomly used before in the genre. Romero's Dead franchise has been epic, spanning from its impetus in 1968 to 2010 with the release of Survival of the Dead.  With the exception of the Dawn of the Dead remake done by Zack Snyder in 2004, Romero has written and directed every Dead film – a pretty much unprecedented feat, especially for the horror genre (though there's one guy who really takes the crown for this totem.)