It's about time: George A. Romero to get star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Jun 30, 2016, 2:45 PM EDT

The father of the modern zombie genre is getting some respect from Tinseltown at last.

A list of new additions to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 2017 was announced via a press conference on Wednesday (June 29) that was streamed on the Walk of Fame website, and among the talented personalities getting their own stars on the legendary expanse of Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk was director George A. Romero.

It was Romero, now a sprightly 76 years old, who changed the face of horror cinema forever in 1968 when he and a group of independent Pittsburgh filmmakers made Night of the Living Dead. The still-nightmarish black and white film not only pushed the limits of explicit onscreen gore but served as the launching pad for an entirely new strain of horror. The zombie genre, as defined by Romero's film, has lasted for decades and encompassed everything from Resident Evil to 28 Days Later to the cultural phenomenon known as The Walking Dead.

Romero did it again in 1978 with a sequel, Dawn of the Dead, that is considered an all-time horror masterpiece, while 1985's Day of the Dead, while initially underrated, has been reappraised over the years as a classic in its own right. Romero's other films include The Crazies, Martin, Creepshow, The Dark Half and a recent second trilogy of zombie films that included Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.

Romero offered the following thoughts to Shock Till You Drop about getting his star: "Who would have thought that this movie loving kid from the Bronx would one day wind up here, with his name in terrazzo and brass on a Hollywood sidewalk. It’s been a long, strange journey and I’m not even sure I belong on this beat. But it’s very cool and I’m very honored. This one’s for the fans."

Horror has always been considered the redheaded stepchild of the film industry -- Hollywood likes the money the genre generates, but doesn't want to be associated with its less savory aspects. But in this case one of the genre's true greats is getting some well-earned recognition for his accomplishments -- plus it couldn't happen to a nicer, more humble guy.

The date of Romero's ceremony has yet to be announced. Incidentally, some of the other folks getting stars include Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt and Amy Adams -- so George will be in good company with Deadpool, the Hulk, Star-Lord and Lois Lane. The stream of the Walk of Fame press conference is below, with the announcement of names at 3:00.

What do you think of George A. Romero getting a star on the Walk of Fame?

(via Bloody Disgusting)