Screenwriter and film director John Russo is probably best known for the 1968 horror classic film Night of the Living Dead.Russo and his friends decided to make a movie. Russo hatched an idea about a man who discovered ghouls who ate human corpses. George Romero loved the idea. This ultimately led to the Living Dead series.
The Living Dead series remains hugely popular, but Russo has done much more besides that. He has authored many books and directed many movies.
He likes to say he is a nice guy who likes to scare people. Having met him at several conventions, I'd have to agree with that statement. At 79 years old, Russo is animated and lively, especially when discussing horror, his favorite topic. At conventions, he is the classic elder statesman. He commands respect, because of his resume, but also because of his nature. He connects earlier horror with modern day horror and he still has the pulse of the industry.
Russo is a huge part of one of the most iconic film series and he has earned his place in horror history. It was a pleasure and an honor meeting and talking to him.
Check out TheJohnRusso.com for more info and updates on this talented man. You can also follow John Russo on Facebook and John Russo on twitter.
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John Russo and me in Columbus, OH-August 2016.