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We were greatly saddened today to learn of the death of George A. Romero, the man who pretty much invented and perfected the modern zombie movie. As the tributes to this groundbreaking and iconoclastic filmmaker come in, we wanted to share two pieces from the Village Voice archives. Romero was the cover story of the April 23, 1979, issue of the Voice, in a lengthy profile written by Tom Allen on the eve of the release of Dawn of the Dead; we’re sharing that in its original form below. More recently, Simon Abrams interviewed Romero for the Voice just last November, for the new restoration of his revolutionary Night of the Living Dead; you can find that story here.