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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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

O.H.M.A.D 15: Maniac (2012)

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In 1980, William Lustig unleashed the unflinching splatter epic Maniac, much to the dismay of yuppie mothers everywhere.  The downbeat subject matter and scenes of intense gore done by maestro Tom Savini gave the film a sense of realism that most slasher films didn’t have.  For it’s time it was unprecedented.  Last year, remake king Alexandre Aja put into works a remake to be directed by his friend Franck Khalfoun and starring Elijah Wood in the titular role made famous by Joe Spinell.  And you know what?  They did something that really stays true to the original, while updating it enough for modern times. 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

O.H.M.A.D. 10: Here Comes the Devil (2012)

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I was lucky enough to get to see this movie last night as part of the Milwaukee Film Fest.  I have to admit that I didn’t really know a lot about the film beforehand, other than hearing little bits about it here and there on various websites.   The synopsis seemed cool, so my fiancee and I decided it’d be part of the films we see this year.  The story centers on a young Mexican couple who lose their children after they go off wandering near a cave.  The next day, the children come back, but something terrible has happened and the film spends the rest of the time with the parents trying to figure out just what their children have gone through Continue reading

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