George Romero and Dario Argento go way back. Argento helped Romero finance Dawn of the Dead in exchange for international distribution rights. Argento cut his own version of the film for various European markets, changing it quite a bit in the process, which led to Romero saying that Argento never really understood the film. The two later directed halves of the film Two Evil Eyes.
Now Romero might return the Dawn of the Dead recut ‘favor’ in an oblique sort of way — he’s remaking Argento’s Deep Red (aka The Hatchet Murders, aka Profundo Rosso) in 3D. Read More »
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Though he took a long break for a number of different reasons, since his return to zombie movies with Land of the Dead in 2005, George Romero has been steadily expanding his ‘Dead’ universe. Now he’s saying he’s got ideas for two more …Dead films in him, possibly to be shot back to back, and which might round out his overall zombie story into two sets of four films. Read More »
Yesterday I riled a few people up with a conversation about red-band trailers. (You guys like them; we get it.) Today we’ll flip to the other side of the coin, as IGN has new bloody and restricted clips for George Romero‘s Survival of the Dead and a UK trailer for [REC] 2. Check both out after the break. Read More »
The last time George Romero‘s Dawn of the Dead went out for a reworking, pretty much the entire blogosphere shared my skepticism. Luckily, once Zack Snyder’s remake finally came out, most of us were satisfied that while he hadn’t ousted the original from it’s Best Zombie Movie Ever pedestal, he’d actually served up a film well worth caring about and taking seriously. Snyder even received great acclaim for the opening movement of the picture, and I can honestly say that I really love those first ten minutes or so in particular. Some controversy remained, however, primarily over Snyder’s decision to have his undead be fast runners, seemingly ignoring all common sense about what kinds of stress and strain a rotting corpse could take.
Now, MTV are planning to create a spin-off TV series licensed from the Romero film. Will they be going for the fast or slow zombies?
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A video has popped up documenting the recent Monroeville Zombie Walk, an annual event celebrating the Pittsburgh town’s ties to George Romero‘s Dawn of the Dead, the director’s classic cinematic ode equating mall culture to the undead. This year also saw a Monroeville citizen, one with a very personal connection to Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead, opening a zombie museum inside that very mall. Rather awesomely, it includes “a coffin, rigged with speakers and hydraulics, to experience a ride to a cemetery and burial” that can be experienced for a decaying three bucks U.S. Progress. The video contains a chat with the museum’s curator, as well as lots of decaying mall goers, and is posted below…
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When George Romero walked on stage at the Paramount theatre for the introduction to his latest zombie film Survival of the Dead, over 1,000 Fantastic Festers gave the filmmaker not just one, but two standing ovations. If there is any crowd thankful of Romero’s contributions to cinema, it has to be the film fanatics at the Alamo Drafthouse-run genre festival.
And don’t get me wrong, I’m also very grateful of Romero’s body of work, and I’m not going to claim he doesn’t deserve a standing ovation for his past achievements. But I’m getting tired of celebrating Romero’s recent lackluster additions to the Zombie horror subgenre. Romero hasn’t made a good movie since 1985 when the original Day of the Dead was released.
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I’ll tell you up front that the Splice video is not online and I’ll just be telling you about it, though it was rather marvelous and really very exciting and I’ll try and convey that. The others, though, are embedded after the break – An American Douchebag in London part 1, Eli Roth‘s commercial for Peta and some Survival of the Dead publicity.
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A few new clips slipped by us right as last week ended at the holiday weekend began. Well, two of them slipped by, and I hedged on posting the clip from Survival of the Dead at first because it’s fairly lousy, and that makes me sad. See all three (or whichever ones you choose) after the break. Read More »
I just found out that two new worth-mentioning films have been added to Hulu: Zack Snyder‘s feature directorial debut, the 2004 remake of George Romero‘s Dawn of the Dead, and Terry Gilliam‘s adaptation of the Hunter S Thompson novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Both are presented online for free (ad supported) for US readers embedded after the jump.
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