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Filmmaker George Romero, an idol of horror film aficionados, has been selected as Pittsburgh Magazine's Pittsburgher of the Year.

The magazine hails the director of the cult classic "Night of the Living Dead" as "the man who got us into the movies" on the cover of its January issue.

The 50-year-old Romero invested $600 to make the 1968 black-and-white original and was involved in an expensive color remake of that film this year. Both films were shot in the Pittsburgh area and the remake premiered in the city last fall.

He currently is directing Timothy Hutton in "The Dark Half," a film from the Stephen King novel of the same name. The movie is being shot in nearby Washington County.

"People used to call me crazy when I said, 'Well, we'll make these movies right in Pittsburgh,' " Romero said. "And now . . . I can't get out of here, it seems."

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