George Romero is easily the creator of the modern horror genre. With Night of the Living Dead, he brought visceral horror and gore to theatre screens. He also paved the way for indie film making. NOTLD was made by a goup of friends on a miniscule budget. By the time Romero came out with the Living Dead sequel, Dawn of the Dead, dozens of other gore auteurs had made their mark. Names like Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, and many others owe a great debt to Mr. Romero.
My personal favorite George Romero flick!