Every September, Fantastic Fest, America’s greatest genre film festival, is held in Austin Texas at the greatest movie theater in the world: The Alamo Drafhouse. Last month Fantastic Fest announced that Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess‘ new film Gentlemen Broncos would be opening up this year’s fest, and 32 first wave films were also revealed. This morning Tim League unveiled the second half of the Fantastic Fest content, which includes gala premieres of Zomblieland, George Romero‘s new zombie film Survival of the Dead, and Daybreakers, as well as a list of other film discoveries which you can read more about after the jump.
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Well, now we know the title of George Romero’s formerly untitled new zombie film. The Toronto International Film Festival announced its Midnight Madness program today, and that film, now called Survival of the Dead, is on the list. So is Jennifer’s Body, which is a pretty big coup for the program. See the whole list and read some thoughts after the break.
Midnight Madness is among my favorite aspects of TIFF. The festival has parallel schedules for press/industry and public screenings, but the MM films are ones I always make an effort to catch during the actual midnight public screenings, because it is a hell of a lot of fun to sit in a massive theatre full of exicted genre fans. That makes the next morning difficult, but it’s always worth the effort.
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New York’s Grand Central Publishing are negotiating with George Romero for the rights to publish two new novels set in the world of his …of the Dead films. Dread Central appear to have only assumed that Romero will write the novels – I’m assuming the opposite and betting that, at best, the books are ‘co-written’ by him, or ghostwritten from a premise of his. He has other things to do, I feel. Like making some more of those great …of the Dead films.
The report tells us that the first book would be published in the summer of 2010 with the second to follow “sometime after that” – which, frankly, could have been reported as “the first will be published in summer 2010″ but perhaps Uncle Creepy was trying to boost his word count. We’ve all been there.
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Last weekend, the Zombies Take Charlotte folk presented American Zombie, a retrospective of pictures by George Romero with an emphasis on the GAR-Z, his zombie movies. Brilliantly, the good man himself was there to hold a Q&A; sadly, I didn’t get to attend (being half a world away, and all) but I have just been sent a very fuzzy audio recording of the session by a jam-and-spoony chap who was there, and having finally fought my way through 90 minutes of swerving volume, muffled voices and sharp bursts of tinny pain whenever the audience laugh or applaud, I can offer you some key bullet points.
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Bloody Disgusting has the first promotional movie trailer for George Romero‘s next zombie film “…Of The Dead“. Looks like a pretty low budget effort, but it has to be better than Diary of the Dead, right? Devonshire Productions also released the official plot synopsis for the film:
“On a small island off North America’s coast, the dead rise to menace the living. Yet…the islanders can’t bring themselves to exterminate their loved ones, despite the growing danger from those the once held dear. A rebel among them hunts down all the zombies he can find, only to be banished from the island for assassinating his neighbors and friends. On the mainland, bent on revenge, he encounters a small band of survivors in search of an oasis on which to build a new life. Barely surviving an attack from a mass of ravenous flesh-eaters. They commandeer a zombie-infested ferry and sail to the island. There, to their horror, they discover that the locals have chained the dead inside their homes, pretending to live ‘normal’ lives…with bloody consequences. What ensues is a desperate struggle for survival and the answer to a question never posed in Romero’s Dead films: Can the living ever live in peace with the dead?”
…Of The Dead was a funny in-production title, but I don’t understand why they don’t just call it “Island of the Dead”, which seems let a better fit considering the story. Watch the trailer linked below.
In a May edition of Cool Stuff, we featured the Monroeville Zombie Hockey Jerseys that Jeff Anderson and Seth Rogen wear in Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno (seen below). I love the design so much, but don’t wear hockey jerseys or white shirts for that matter (preemptive stain protection). Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash is now selling gray t-shirts featuring the same logo.
The design is cool on a bunch of different levels. If you’re a fan of George Romero, than you understand the significance of Monroeville. You see, Monroeville is a suburban area about 5-10 miles Northeast of the city of Pittsburgh, PA. Not only was Zack and Miri shot and set in Monroeville, but much of the George A. Romero horror classic Dawn of the Dead was filmed at Monroeville Mall (also a location in Smith’s film). So the design is also a tribute to the area and a homage to Romero.
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Last week we told you about George Romero‘s new zombie movie (working title “Something of the Dead”) which is currently shooting in Canada. We only had a few details: The film is set on an island three weeks after the zombie outbreaks, and that underwater zombies will be featured. The official announcement in Variety gives us a better look at the plot of the film:
“Plot involves inhabitants of an isolated island off the North American coast who find their relatives rising from the dead to eat their kin. The leaders of the island feud over whether or not to kill their reanimated relatives or preserve them in hopes of finding a cure.”
We also have a full cast listing, which confirms that no a list stars are involved: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Devon Bostick, Richard Fitzpatrick, Stefano Colacitti and Athena Karkanis. And AICN has a small batch of set photos, one of which can be seen above.
George Romero is about to begin filming a new Zombie film in Toronto, but thankfully, it isn’t the Diary of the Dead sequel that has been mentioned in interviews. Romero revealed the following to SchlockAroundTheClock:
“It’ll be about three weeks in [past the outbreak] and it doesn’t start with the people in the mansion [at the end of Diary]. It starts with the blonde who drove away and the national guardsmen who robbed the people. So those are the only characters that return. What it’s about is tribalism. How the internet creates a Hatfields and McCoys situation. It’s on an island, where people have been lured by someone on the net as a safe haven, but really what these guys are trying to do is hold them up at the boat docks.”
Movieset spoke with Nicolas Chartier, the president of Voltage Pictures, who joked that while the film is yet to be officially titled, it is being referred internally as “Something of the Dead“.
“We’re shooting underwater zombies,” Chartier revealed. “They’re swimming, grabbing people’s legs, pulling them down. It’s a lot of fun.”
So there you have it. A film which takes place three weeks after the outbreak, with a group of survivors fending off underwater zombies on a secluded island. Sounds good to me. Lets just hope its better than Diary of the Dead…
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