The famous horror film director George Romero, 76, is getting his own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The announcement was made via livestream on June 28, and Romero’s star will be unveiled sometime in 2017. Other honorees getting their stars include Amy Adams, Goldie Hawn, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt and Rita Wilson.
Directors and actors who specialize in horror films often have a tough time earning respect. They rarely win Academy Awards and just as rarely receive stars on the Walk of Fame. The Zombie Research Society had campaigned unsuccessfully in 2012 to get Romero on the Walk of Fame.
Romero is a particularly deserving honoree. In 1968, he burst onto the scene with “Night of the Living Dead,” which has since become a classic that is also one of the most influential horror films ever made. “Night of the Living Dead” revitalized horror movies, and it inspired a new wave of books and later video games with horror themes. The influence of “Night of the Living Dead” can be seen in TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and movies like “World War Z” and “Zombieland.” Romero’s last movie was “Survival of the Dead.” Made in 2009, it is the sixth film in the “Living Dead” series.
Romero was also the executive producer of “Tales From the Darkside,” a TV anthology of horror shorts that ran from 1984 to 1988. He also wrote the screenplay for “Cat From Hell,” an adaptation of a short story by Stephen King, that was used in the 1990 movie based on “Tales.”