The story chronicles an expedition to a deserted island that turns deadly as the explorers face an unknown force.
J.T. Mollner’s pic follows a vengeful ice cream vendor, driven by brutal memories from his twisted past, who wreaks bloody havoc on the small, seemingly innocent town of Hooper, California.
A bored, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder.
With the holiday season upon us, let us not forget the aural treats that lurk around every corner! There are a plethora of awesome music releases that you should be keeping an eye on for the music lover amongst your circle of friends/family. Hell, maybe you just want to get some awesome new tunes just for yourself! If that’s the case, then look no further as we at BD are here with some suggestions to get your MP3 player packed to the brim with awesome new tunes! Head on down to see what we culled from this year!
Creepshow (Second Sight – Region 2)
Before Dick Tracy and Sin City thrilled audiences with its faithful recreation of the comic book aesthetic came Creepshow, a horror anthology in the tradition of EC Comics. This brainchild of horror icons Director George A. Romero and Writer Stephen King is a giddy tribute to the likes of Tales From the Crypt which ran from 1950-1955. These bloody morality plays had a profound influence on them while growing up. It is especially apparent in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead which features comic-style violence and social commentary that wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of EC.
Creepshow is a collection four short stories not including a wraparound tale revolving a strict father and his horror-loving son. This simple set-up is instantly relatable to many genre fans that grew up under similar circumstances (thankfully my parents were super-cool with this obsession of mine). It’s a smart way to draw us in from the get-go. I love how each story is compelling, uniquely different yet still follows the template that runs throughout EC Comics’ books. This includes a tongue-in-cheek, darkly comedic tone and an allegorical pay-off in which the characters usually get their come-upping’s. At the same time it never trickles too far into camp territory that would undermine the spook factor. This is achieved with the assistance of an outstanding ensemble with the likes of Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen and Ed Harris, most generally not known for doing genre. They give each segment the gravity required. The ground-breaking, hyper-stylized cinematography is another key component. It captures the look of the comics flawlessly. Special Make-up Effects god Tom Savini does some of his finest work here. The zombies and creatures are beautifully realized. Special acknowledgement needs to be made to John Harrison’s exceptional score. If you’ve somehow gone through life not seeing this classic, you’ll recognize the cues from Eli Roth’s brilliant Thanksgiving faux-trailer found in GrindhouseCreepshow. Its charm still hits that sweet spot to this day. READ MORE
I’ve already stopped watching AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, but I know how many of you guys love it, which is why I bite my tongue and share all the fun goodies released each week.
I can preach and preach and preach, yet everyone argues that the show is good. It’s not.
If you aren’t going to listen to me, maybe the godfather of the zombie genre has something to say about it?
Bizarre as it sounds, four seasons into “The Walking Dead”, and this is the first time I can recall George A. Romero commenting on the adaptation. What he says is pretty harsh, depending how you take it… READ MORE
In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.
Robert Kuhns’s “Birth of the Living Dead,” a new documentary available on iTunes October 15 and limited theaters October 18, shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster — one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh.
This new documentary also immerses audiences into the singular time in which “Night” was shot. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence at home combined with iconic music from the 60s invites viewers to experience how Romero’s tumultuous film reflected this period in American history. “Birth of the Living Dead” shows us how this young filmmaker created a world-renowned horror film that was also a profound insight into how our society really works.
Trailer and art below! READ MORE
We’ve known about it for over a year now, but USA Today released official details regarding George A. Romero’s upcoming zombie project with Marvel. The new series, “Empire of the Dead” continues the “Dead” universe. This time, the zombies will roam the streets of New York City. Artist Alex Maleev will be providing artwork for the entire run. The series is set to be 15-issue miniseries, debuting in January. READ MORE
After waiting for what seems like forever, Scream Factory has finally unleashed their Collector’s Edition of George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead. After having a joygasm from Anchor Bay’s old SE release ten years ago (yes, I’m one of those beloved “trolls” that Romero lovingly calls fans of this movie), I was stoked with the notion of seeing Romero’s underappreciated gem in high definition with a brand new transfer, complete with some new goodies. How good is it? Let’s chow down.
After the events of Dawn Of The Dead, zombies have pretty much overrun the US coast. Tensions are high between a scientific-military partnership formed to study and combat the disease. Sarah works alongside Dr. “Frankenstein” Logan and Dr. Fisher in hopes of curing the disease that causes the walking dead, while nutbar Captain Rhodes and his equally-deranged unit get closer to abandoning the group in their underground facility. Caught in the middle of the two groups are helicopter pilots John and McDermott, trying to stay out of the way. Tensions start to ramp up even more once it comes to light Dr. Logan’s work shifting towards zombie domestication and his prize specimen, Bub.
I admit that when I first saw Day Of The Dead all those years ago, I wasn’t immediately drawn to it as I was with Dawn Of The Dead. Then again, a lot of people were like that. Today though, I consider it one of Romero’s best efforts. It doesn’t surpass Dawn Of The Dead, but it’s still something that many people come back to, especially now. Whereas Dawn was a commentary on consumerism, Day is a commentary on humanity and values, and nowhere is this better represented in the conflict between the scientists and the army. It makes for a great story, even now.
Acting wise, the three major players are Richard Liberty, Joe Pilato and Sherman Howard. Liberty is amazing to see as Dr. Logan, putting love into the role and it shows, as Logan is completely immersed in the science of zombies as well as his pet project to domesticate them. Taking on the father role, it’s completely out of left field for him to be doing this with dead bodies, but it works! On the other side of the coin is Joe Pilato as Capt. Rhodes. Man, if there was ever an award for Biggest Dickhead in a Horror Film, he’d win it, hands down. It also helps that Rhodes is practically insane and played so over-the-top by Pilato. I love the stuff he spits out. Classic. Then there’s Bub. Before Fido, before Warm Bodies, there was this guy. Howard manages to convey a childlike personality and emotions without even speaking words. The scene with Bub and Dr. Logan interacting with each other is amazing to see.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a George Romero zombie movie without Tom Savini doing what he does best. And man, what’s here is bloody goodness. As mentioned in the documentaries (new and old) for the film, this is probably considered the height of Savini’s genius. Be it the Dr. Tongue zombie briefly seen at the start of the film, the exposed brainstem in Logan’s lab, the shovel gag and more, Savini wows and repulses with his craft. It’s especially unnerving when you find out about a certain scene where the guts used had, shall we say, “gone off”, and they were used anyways. It makes the scene more disturbing. Even today some of the effects still get me wincing. It’s all about that screaming that gets progressively higher as the guy’s head gets ripped off…
The film does have it’s flaws, some of which caused people to dismiss the film when it was released. First off, the film is bleak. It’s not the fun time that was had in Dawn Of The Dead, or the isolated incident in Night Of The Living Dead. It’s down in an underground mining facility while the rest of the world up above is crawling with zombies. It doesn’t make things any better when you boil the military characters down and you realize that they’re all one-note cutouts. Yeah, outside of our main protagonists, the antagonists aren’t given much in terms of development (save for Rhodes). The other thing is that the film feels smaller in scale when compared to Dawn. Mainly it’s due to the budget, but Romero still makes the best of it, which is still great.
While Day Of The Dead isn’t as revered as the previous film, it still holds up well, and delivers the entertainment and gore that we’ve come to know Romero’s zombie films. While it’s not flawless, there’s still more than enough here that the film is a worthy conclusion to Romero’s first trilogy. If you’re one of the people who years ago swore off Day after initially seeing it, you owe it to yourself to watch it again and see just how good it is.
Scream Factory presents Day Of The Dead in a brand new 1.78:1 1080p AVC transfer. Looking back, the old Anchor Bay transfer was good at the time, but was drab and lacked texture. Luckily, the new transfer improves on the old Anchor Bay disc immensely. Colours pop and there’s a healthy grain in the picture that had been wiped away in the old release. Unfortunately, there’s still not any improvement in fine details, but that’s more in line with the film’s low budget. But by far, this is the best that the film has ever looked on home video.
Some fans were displeased with Anchor Bay’s SE disc and it’s audio. Anchor Bay had used an alternate audio track, omitting some profanities and shortened a gunshot. It wasn’t noticeable for me, but some fans were miffed. Luckily, Scream Factory remedies it with a new DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track, which retains all of the original sound effects and dialogue. John Harrison’s Caribbean-infused score comes through loud and clear, as do the moans and screams. Surrounds are adequate, given the monaural track, but overall matches the video in quality.
Fortunately, most of the extras from Anchor Bay’s SE disc have been ported over, starting with the two Audio Commentaries. The first features director George Romero, Tom Savini, actress Lori Cardille and production designer Cletus Anderson. The group spend their time catching up and talking about the fun times had on the set, what it was like working in the mines, the movie’s reception and other goodies. The second commentary has Roger Avary, a fan of Romero’s work. His enthusiasm is well-noted, but at times it feels like he struggles with things to say, and some of the anecdotes he uses fall flat. It’s like having a friend come over and talk about their favorite film while you’re watching it. Still an interesting track to listen to.
Also ported over is Behind The Scenes Footage from Tom Savini’s archives. This was shot on handheld, and features Savini working on effects and makeup, including applying Sherman Howard’s makeup for Bub, and the infamous rotten guts scene with Pilato. I love these types of extras, since it gives you insight into how stuff was pulled off, as well as the amount of skill and effort that goes into it all.
On August 27th, Waxwork Records will be releasing a remastered edition of John Harrison’s score for Day Of The Dead. But the real party is happening September 30th at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, CA! On that evening, Waxwork Records is celebrating the remastered and expanded release by showing the Scream Factory Blu-Ray of the film on the big screen and then having a live Q&A with Harrison, director George A. Romero, and Sherman Howard (who played “Bub”). The event is free and tickets can be reserved on LaLaLandRecords.com. Head on below for a poster of the event with detailed information.
One of the last great horror drive-in theaters is in dire need and we can lend a helping hand! The Midway Drive-In theater in Sterling/Dixon, IL uses a 35mm projector, which was great several years ago. However, movie studios will cease issuing new movies on 35mm next year, requiring many theaters to upgrade to digital projectors and digital systems. This is incredibly costly (the projectors alone can cost around $80,000) and many theaters simply cannot afford the costs.
This is where we can come in to help. Honda is donating a free projector to 5 drive in theaters that receive the most votes through Project Drive-In. Simply go to that website, look up “Sterling, IL”, and pick the Midway Drive-In at the bottom of the screen. Then just vote! You don’t need to sign up, you don’t need to enter any information in, you just have to click the button. People can also vote by texting “Vote80″ to 444999. You can vote once per day, so please make sure to help out as often as you can!
Below is a video that documents that Midway Drive-In that features interviews with horror icons Robert Englund, George A. Romero, and Lance Henriksen. READ MORE
Back in 2001 we reported that zombie extraordinaire, George A. Romero, had optioned the film rights to Steven C. Schlozman’s “The Zombie Autopsies.”
Romero, who directed Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and many more iconic zombie films, was at hand at this past weekend’s Flashbackback horror convention in Chicago, IL. Website Daily Dead caught up with Romero who revealed that he’s completed the screenplay and hopes for it to be his next film.
“Actually, the day before I left to come here, I finished the script and talked to Schloz about it,” he explained. “He approved it, so we sent it to my agents and they sent it around. You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s out in circulation and I hope it works out.” READ MORE
Fans of Romero’s “Dead” series will rejoice on September 17, 2013, when the much-loved horror classic Day of the Dead makes its Blu-ray debut in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack from Scream Factory. Featuring an all-new HD transfer of the film, this must-have collector’s edition contains a brand new interview with George A. Romero as well as a bevy of insightful bonus features, including a new documentary World’s End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead, new audio commentaries, behind the scenes footage and more!
In this the third film in the continuing saga of the undead from writer/director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead), “A small group of scientists and soldiers have taken refuge in an underground missile silo where they struggle to control the flesh-eating horror that walks the earth above. But will the final battle for the future of the human race be fought among the living or have they forever unleashed the hunger of the dead?”
Lori Cardille, Joe Pilato and Richard Liberty star in this controversial classic with groundbreaking gore effects by Tom Savini. READ MORE
It’s Friday and BOY am I glad that the weekend is ahead! I may not be getting much rest (gotta keep up that Mayhem coverage, ya know?) but I will at least go to a party, have a few drinks, and make sure to scream! And that’s why I brought you lovely readers this week’s edition of Twisted Music Video Of The Week, which features classic horror punk band The Misfits and their video for “Scream!”
The song comes from the band’s 1999 album Famous Monsters and the video was directed by none other than horror legend himself George A. Romero! Head on down to check out this awesome video! READ MORE
Richard P. Rubenstein, who produced Dawn of the Dead and owns the rights to George A. Romero’s 1979 classic, tells Deadline that he is in the homestretch of a 3D conversion of Romero’s groundbreaking followup to Night Of The Living Dead. Rubenstein started this crusade in 2007, and while he’s not sure what he will do with the refashioned film, he so far has one hour and 31 minutes converted of a two-hour, six-minute film. He expects the conversion to be done by early fall.
Rubenstein said he has been a fan of the possibilities of 3D since seeing House of Wax, and that while the forerunner of zombie sagas like “The Walking Dead” and World War Z continues to sell well on DVD, it might get a new lease on life with a technical overhaul.
“It is proving to be more 3D friendly than many films, because George’s style was to compose within the frame, rather than across frames,” Rubenstein told the site. “That means there is a lot of action within each frame, from front to back and it makes the conversion process more friendly. It’s like you’re moving the audience closer to the movie. What I didn’t want to do is not edit anything George did in his original movie, and nothing has been altered in this process,” with the exception of a couple of technical credits of the conversion companies that became partners in this effort. They are the Korea-based Stereo Pictures Media Inc conversion house with backing from DNext Media. Converting the film has cost in the $6 million range, which is something considering the original cost around $685,000. READ MORE
This is definitely a birthday worth mentioning. Director George A. Romero was born on February 4th, 1940, which makes him 72 years old today. There’s very little to say that many of you don’t already know, horror just wouldn’t be the same without him. Nor would the pop culture landscape. Even though many of the zombies we celebrate today are modernized, or faster, their DNA is very much entwined with the iteration of the creature that Romero brought to life in Night Of The Living Dead in 1968.
Romero would of course go on to expand his zombie universe in Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, Land Of The Dead, Diary Of The Dead and Survival Of The Dead. Even though these films run the gamut from “masterpiece” to “skippable” they’re all unified by his urge to use zombies as a vehicle to discuss larger social issues. Without Romero, horror would have a lot less subtext.
Of course he hasn’t only done zombie movies! His filmography also contains Monkey Shines, Creepshow, The Dark Half, Martin, Knightriders and The Crazies (which is sort of zombie-esque I guess).
Wish George A. Romero a happy birthday and do yourself a favor and check out one of his lesser known works today!
Not that you asked, but I probably don’t like the zombie genre as much as a lot of you. For starters, I feel like its over saturated. You can’t go more than a month without another one hitting the direct-to-DVD/VOD market. I also don’t find them particularly compelling as creatures. They lack personality and, fast or slow, they’re cognitively… stupid. I also feel like a lot of filmmakers latch onto them because of their popularity, not because they’re particularly engaged by them. In the process they forget that the most compelling part of this sub genre isn’t the creatures – it’s usually the survivors and their response to the undead horde.
As with anything, there are exceptions. Some zombie movies are great! This usually happens when the filmmakers are willing to take risks with the material instead of just coasting on the sweeping hordes of the undead. It’s why the Warm Bodies trailer actually looks like a LOT of fun and why what we’ve seen of World War Z looks a little bit like more of the same. Miracles like the original Dawn Of The Dead happened because people like George A. Romero weren’t coasting on the popularity of the creature, they were using it to say something new.
Head inside for 6 Essential Zombie Movies. And beware, I limited myself to only 1 Romero film!!! Otherwise this list would have been a bit different. READ MORE
Bill Hinzman, the first zombie to lumber across the screen in George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead, has sadly passed away. Details are slim right now, but it’s reported that he succumbed to cancer. Check back here for any updates.
I never get really sentimental when people in the film world leave us, but I’ve met Bill numerous times over the last decade. He was a regular at the Spooky Empire horror convention in Orlando, FL and kicked off the annual zombie walk almost every year that I went. He was always a cool guy, hanging out at the pool with everyone as the festival started winding down for the evening, and I never saw him turn down a fan for a quick photo in the hallway, an autograph, or even an interview.
He was in several early Romero films – he even DPed The Crazies – but his first scene in Night would set the precedent for the undead in one of the most well-known and highly regarded trilogies in horror history (I count Land as the start of a new one). RIP Bill Hinzman, THE FIRST ROMERO ZOMBIE. READ MORE
After the extremely disappointing Survival of the Dead, half of me wants the father of all things zombie to hang it up. But then again, we’re talking about George A. Romero here, and with that there’s always hope that maybe he’ll give birth to something horrific and amazing once again. In talking with io9, he tells them his next project could be an adaptation of the novel “The Zombie Autopsies“. I think Romero’s best work comes when he actually has something to say, which is why this project is so intriguing.
“I would love to do something about the economy,” Romero tells the site. “But zombies are not good mathematicians — I don’t think they’re going to be out selling cheesy mortgages or anything like that. So it’s tough for me to see that. A friend of mine [Dr. Steven Schlozman] recently wrote a novel called “The Zombie Autopsies”, and it’s about an isolated group of people doing autopsies on zombies during the zombie apocalypse and trying to figure out what the hell caused this. They come upon this discovery.”
He continues, “The scientists discover that this is not a naturally occurring virus; they deduce that it must have been created by somebody. And they later discover that it was created by people who were trying to topple the economy. So that’s a unique way in to talk about the economy, but it’s not my story.”
Sounds like Fight Club will zombies. READ MORE
Have you picked up the Escalation pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops? If not, how about I give you a little more inspiration, eh? Turns out that there is a brand new Avenged Sevenfold song hidden in the Call Of The Dead map. The song is called ‘Not Ready To Die‘ and is a easter egg for you to try to find and unlock.
No ordinary Horror Expo, this unprecedented Saturday Nightmares event brings together the entire George A Romero family! Featuring such genre luminaries as Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Savini, Roy Fumkes, Ken Foree, John Amplas, Joe Pilato & many more… New York City actor turned filmmaker Michael Stever takes you behind the scene and shows you virtually every, thrilling, blood-soaked moment in this not-to-be-missed DVD! A must-have for any true horror fan’s collection!
Alright, I swear to all of you that I don’t have anything against the fictional creeper that parents used to say that they allowed to slide down your chimneys in the middle of the night and eat your favorite holiday cookies. Now I know that this is the second day in a row that I have chosen a Christmas themed news bit as my “WTF Of The Day”, but with all that said I feel as if I might have helped clear the air just a bit. Now that we are all on the same page let’s look at today’s mind f*ck that is the George A Romero (“DAY OF THE DEAD”, “DAWN OF THE DEAD”) inspired ‘NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD HOLIDAY SPECIAL’ #1 that drops this December. The story is part of publisher Avatar Press’s ongoing “NIGHT” series, and if you scroll down you can get all the details on the book.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Wolfer
COVERS BY: Wolfer, Raulo Caceres and Matt Martin.
“Ho ho ho ’tis the season.. for zombies! There will be more than just chestnuts roasting on an open fire as a large family gathers to celebrate the season, a raging snowstorm has buried their remote, mountain farmhouse in virgin snow, with no way in, and no way out. But a dark, despicable family secret that lay buried in the barn will not stay dead, and the resulting orgy of bloodshed, murder and cannibalism will transform this into anything but a silent night! Warn your children: This year, it is NOT Santa Clause coming down the chimney! Mike Wolfer provides the Regular edition cover, Raulo Caceres shares the spirit with the Wraparound cover, and twisted Matt Martin’s Gore cover spreads the Holiday cheer all over the floor.”
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD HOLIDAY SPECIAL” Drops This December From Avatar Press! (MSRP-$3.99) READ MORE
“Given the amount of zombies I’ve brought to life, I figured everyone should be able to do the same,” -George A. Romero.-
You can pick up APP of the DEAD now in the app store for only 1.99. What is APP of the DEAD? You can basically turn your friends and family into zombies.
Please enjoy this shitty trailer. Read on.
You can use pictures you take with your phone or ones you may have uploaded to it and gore them up to your liking. After you make them look more hideously grotesque than they already are, you can shoot the hell out of them first person shooter style. Check out some pics past the break. READ MORE