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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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George Romero’s …Of The Dead Movie Trailer

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.

Cool Stuff: Monroeville Zombie T-Shirts

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.

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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’s Island Zombie Movie

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…

via: BloodyDisgusting

Running Zombies

Legendary horror filmmaker George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) insists that Zombies can’t run.

“The dead can’t run. Their ankles would break. It doesn’t make sense to me,” Romero told NWA. “The dead move slowly. But they keep coming.”

Question of the Day: Should Zombies be able to run?

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

The photo above of Jeff Anderson and Seth Rogen comes from Kevin Smith‘s upcoming comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno. When the photo was released last month, I commented on the cool Monroeville Zombies hockey jersey, and concluded that it would probably eventually be available to order on Kevin Smith’s online store. And now guess what, you can now buy the same style hockey jersey seen on screen during the movie.

This jersey 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 Hockey Jersey is also a tribute to the area and a homage to Romero.

That said, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash is selling the jerseys for $54.99, sized L to XXXL.

Monroeville Zombies Logo

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“Let’s dance, Tom.”

In the dizzying sinkhole of modern remakes, enough time has passed with 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon to dampen fanboy squabbles over a new studio effort. Of course, the sci-fi horror reboot still needs to impress, and that responsibility falls with its director. While I hoped to see John Landis or Rob Zombie strike up fresh chills and gills in exotic locales, director Breck Eisner (Sahara, son of Michael) tells ShockTilYouDrop that his planned remake is moving forward, complete with locations scoped out in South America, a fully created, newly envisioned creature, and less than two percent aspiration to be the next Mummy 1, 2, 3, 9.

Eisner didn’t draw comparisons to the tone of The Dark Knight (watch for an oncoming avalanche from countless PG-13 assigned directors), but did bring up fashionable parallels to The Wolf Man (the original) and Universal‘s other classic monsters (but not, you know, Sommers’s The Mummy).

“We debated tone a thousand times. For me tone is the most interesting thing a filmmaker has and so the Creature is a creature, it’s not a monster. That’s my number one thing about the movie. We’re not going to turn him into a monster. He’s still going to be empathetic, he’s still going to be deadly, he’s still going to have a misguided means of expressing his interests in a woman, but it’s uniquely the Creature. …It will deliver of action and excitement, but I want it to be scary. The Creature was scary when it first came out in ’54 – it’s not scary today – but that’s what updating means to me, updating the tone of the original.”

In other words, don’t worry too much, it won’t be Sahara with a man in birthday suit. Intriguingly enough, Eisner references Werner Herog’s Fitzcarraldo for inspiration and says he’ll shoot partially in the Brazilian city of Manaus where Herzog and Klaus Kinski notoriously went nuts. The titular lagoon(s) has been chosen as well. When can we expect this then?

“I want to get [Eisner’s remake of George Romero’s The Crazies] done, get it into post-production then head to the Amazon for ‘Creature.’ Oddly, I’m waiting on the height of the Amazon river before we start shooting – it drops 50-feet in October and November. But we’ve got the boat set and everything ready to go.”

Eisner says he’s reworking the script by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) and confirms that Spectral Motion (Hellboy, Fantastic Four) is a lock for the SFX. I’m really curious to see any artwork or the script for this, so please leak them. Mixing studio-pleasing action with genuine scares is nearly as hard to pull off as horror comedy, but Eisner’s well liked and most in the know feel his best days and visions are in front of him. Creature > McConaughey’s spray-on tan adventure.

Discuss: Now that it’s picking up speed, what are your feelings on the remake based on Eisner’s quotes and notions above? And given the creature’s penchant for the ladies, do any of Slashfilm’s female readers find it attractive? In 3D?

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The offical poster from landmark horror director George Romero‘s latest contribution to undead cinema, Diary of the Dead, has stumbled onto the Web. Diary is set for a theatrical release on February 15th, which makes me curious to see how it will perform in light of the similarly themed and wildly successful Cloverfield. Romero’s fifth zombie film will flip the script and focus on the moment zombies started to rise up and create chaos amongst the human populace. It’s similar to Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project in that the film is presented from the POV of a camera belonging to a pack of college kids who are making their own horror film before the hell on Earth stuff happens.

Got that? This method allows Romero to comment on how media-obsessed and out-of-touch the young adults of today are, and how they all deserved to get eaten by decaying Baby Boomers! There’s also an anti-war message.

As for the poster, it could be cleverer. And I’m not sure exactly where the camera is focusing, because it’s adding zombies that aren’t there. Make the jump to see what I’m typing about.

Perplexing, innit?

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George Romero Plans for Sixth Zombie Film?

Diary of the Dead

We hated George Romero’s Diary of the Dead, and by the look of the emails and comments we have gotten, we’re not the only ones. As we reported earlier this week, The Weinstein Co bought the film, because, well, it’s marketable – even though it may be god awful. And don’t get me wrong, I love Romero’s earlier zombie flicks. May-be I was looking for something more in tune with those films, and less gimmicky.

Romero told Bloody Disgusting that if Diary does well for The Weinsteins, there is plans in place for him to write a sixth zombie film. Unfortunately, the film would pretty much be a sequel to Diary of the Dead, and the story would begin directly following the conclusion of that film. Romero says that he doesn’t have plans to continue the franchise at this time (unless of course Diary warrants a sequel). As much as I would like another Romero zombie flick, I hope that Diary doesn’t snowball into a sequel.