Remembering George Romero.

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Yesterday brought us the sad and surprising news that George Romero passed away at age 77 after a bout with lung cancer. As far as I know, his illness was kept quiet and out of the press until his passing. I was shocked at the announcement, as recent news indicated he was working on an adaptation of his comic Empire of the Dead for AMC. Continue reading

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O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 17: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night_of_the_Living_Dead_afficheGeorge A. Romero came out of the gate swinging in his debut feature which completely changed the horror genre forever.  The simple tale of a group of strangers huddling together in an abandoned farmhouse to survive a zombie attack was inspired/plagiarized from Richard Matheson’s amazing novel I Am Legend.  I’m pretty sure you’ve all seen this film by now, and probably own two or three copies of it, due to it being in the public domain and in every horror movie box set in existence.  I have three copies:  one from a box set, one colorized version with commentary by Mike Nelson (of MST3K fame), and the Elite Entertainment’s Millennium Edition with a THX Transfer.  The Elite edition is always my go to copy. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 15: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

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Wyrnrwood:  Road of the Dead is a nice little Ozploitation film that is an amalgam of The Road Warrior and Dawn of the Dead.  That description should let you know whether or not this is a film for you.  The movie starts off with a zombie outbreak and focuses primarily on a husband who is widowed due to the outbreak and an attractive female who shares a bond with him and the zombies that becomes known as the story progresses. Continue reading

Interview with John Amplas

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For those of you who don’t know, John Amplas was a big part of Romero’s films from Martin to The Dark Half. That encompasses an almost two decades worth of work in some of Romero’s best output.

I asked him if he’d be kind enough to do an interview for my blog, and he was nice enough to agree to it. So without further adieu, here is the interview with man himself. Continue reading

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

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It was WAY  back in the autumn of 1995, when I was in 8th grade, that I read about this crazy sounding film about bank robbers fighting stripper vampires in Fangoria. At this point in my life I was more of a franchise horror fan than a crime/action movie person. All that changed upon the films release in January 1996. Continue reading

Goblin LIVE at Turner Hall Ballroom 12/1/13

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This was an amazing, once in a lifetime event that I was fortunate enough to attend. Goblin, for those who do not know, did the landmark music scores for Dawn of the Dead, Suspiria, Tenebrae, and Deep Red. They have also done music for other films as well as a few records of their own. I am a big fan of all those movies and really love their music and was stunned to hear they were doing a North American tour and were stopping by Milwaukee as part of it. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 11: Zombi: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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This is the Italian/European edit Argento made for that market after pitching a deal with Romero he could do that in exchange for helping to finance the film. And his cut, I have to say, is much better. What we have here is a film with a tighter pace, better music, and an important piece of dialogue missing from the theatrical version.  Argento really shows his chops as an editor and makes this feel like a different experience than Romero’s. Continue reading

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