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

The Green Inferno (2013)

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Horror fans have been anxiously awaiting Eli Roth’s latest flick The Green Inferno, which has been stuck in limbo since it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest in 2013.  The Green Inferno was finally released this past weekend and is just as divisive among horror fans as Roth’s previous entries in the genre have been.  This gory throwback/update to the cannibal genre stars Eli Roth’s wife Lorenza Izzo the heroine Justine.  She’s a college student as well as the daughter of widowed U.S. Diplomat Charles (the great Richard Burgi).  She unfortunately falls for the head of a group of social justice warriors named Alejandro (Ariel Levy) who has a wall sized Che Guevera poster in their meeting room who wishes to use Justine’s status as a diplomat’s daughter to capitalize on his protest of a bulldozing project going on in the Amazon. 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