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By Brandon Engel
George A. Romero didn’t invent the concept of zombies. They’ve had a spot in Haitian folklore for years (as explored in older films like White Zombie  and more contemporary films like Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow ). There was also the French World War I reactionary J’Accuse (1919) by Abel Gance, which featured actual footage from the battleground. Some horror enthusiasts might even argue that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.P Lovecraft’s story Herbert West: Re-Animator were also significant early entries in the zombie canon.
What Romero can be credited with, however, as the recent documentary Birth of the Living Dead examines, is the mainstream popularity of zombies. It all began when he made the film Night of the Living Dead (1968). It features a group of wayward strangers who’ve found themselves stuck in an old farmhouse in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. »
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Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
From a horde of zombie mall walkers to a young Jason Voorhees to the vengeful camp caretaker Cropsy and beyond, makeup effects master Tom Savini has for decades crafted iconic horror movie characters. The wizard of practical gore is also known for his work in front of the camera as biker Blades from 1978’s Dawn of the Dead and the whip-cracking Sex Machine in 1996’s From Dusk Till Dawn, but hardcore horror hounds also know the versatile artist from his time spent in the director’s chair on 1990’s Night of the Living Dead.
Ahead of his appearance at the Horror-Rama convention in Toronto, we caught up with Savini to reflect on his reimagining of George A. Romero’s classic zombie film:
- Derek Anderson
The Romero families directorial legacy continues with son following in his father's footsteps. G. Cameron Romero (Staunton Hill), son of George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) announced today that he has launched his campaign on Indiegogo, for Origins, the genesis story of the first Romero zombie in his father's iconic masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs.
Set in the turbulent late sixties, the film tells the story of a brilliant scientist - Dr. Alan Cartwright - who strikes a deal with the military that will give him all the resources he needs to finalize his work in exchange for what he later learns is a price all mankind will have to pay.
"I feel carrying on my dad's legacy is something that I not only want to do, »
The son, who will direct, launched the 30-day campaign Wednesday night through Indiegogo with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs at helptelltheorigin.com.
“I feel carrying on my dad’s legacy is something that I not only want to do, but it’s something I Have to do because I, like all my dad’s fans, was raised on his creation,” the younger Romero said.
“The origin story deserves to be told by someone who passionately loves and has a unique insight into the original movie and nobody has that more than George’s own son,” Reed said.
“Night of the Living Dead” was »
- Dave McNary
Few filmmakers can be said to be as prolific and influential as George Romero. An icon of the zombie film genre, Romero’s love of horror traces back to his youth, and watching classic monster films such as Frankenstein and Dracula. Romero’s love of these films set him on a path to not only create horror films himself, but to change and redefine the genre for decades to come.
Romero’s first foray into the zombie film genre was 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. While a spectacular film in and of itself, Night of the Living Dead introduced the world to the modern zombie, and standardized the way that zombie films would be told from then on. Set in a farmhouse, the film depicts a small group of survivors fending off hordes of the reanimated dead. Prior to Romero’s take on zombies, Hollywood films depicted zombies as pale-faced minions of voodoo sorcerers. »
- Brandon Engel
Although Spike Lee has made it clear from the start that his Kickstarter-funded “blood addiction” drama “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” isn’t a remake of 1972’s blaxploitation “Blacula,” it turns out that the closely guarded project is in fact a remake — at times scene for scene and shot for shot — of “Ganja and Hess,” playwright and filmmaker Bill Gunn’s landmark 1973 indie that used vampirism as an ingenious metaphor for black assimilation, white cultural imperialism and the hypocrisies of organized religion. Four decades on, “Ganja” still packs a primal punch, whereas Lee’s version serves as a gory yet oddly bloodless affair that’s been made with a lot of craft and energy but ultimately little sense of purpose. Lee’s name assures a certain amount of exposure for this hybrid arthouse/grindhouse attraction, but not that much more than his recent, far superior “Red Hook Summer.”
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- Scott Foundas
Frightmare! The premier horror convention in the Southwest has come again, and it was a riot. Well, not literally. Thankfully, massive improvements were made this year with line management of the more popular guests and parking so even when things were hot and heavy on Saturday, we never reached the critical mass found last year.
The movie and television guests were a literal who's who of icons throughout the years. The three guests of honor, Linda Blair, George A Romero, and Tobin Bell, were all busy with fans at their tables all weekend. I heard that Bell went till 1am signing on Saturday to make sure everyone was taken card of.
Having tables set up near empty walls for attendees to line up against and usage of tickets when lines got too long were big improvements. With the three guests of honor and other fan favorites such as Scott Wilson »
- Mr. Dark
In the mid-1960s, George Romero planned to make his feature debut with Whine of the Fawn, a drama about two teenagers in the Middle Ages. If he'd pitched a body-swap comedy about middle-aged teenagers, he'd perhaps have had more luck. As it was, his high-minded, "Bergman-esque" project failed to attract investors and the 27-year-old college dropout from the Bronx, now shooting commercials and industrials in Pittsburgh, turned his attention to horror.
A fan of the ghoulish EC Comics and monster movies of the 1950s, and heavily influenced by Richard Matheson's apocalyptic, home-invasion vampire novel I Am Legend, Romero scraped together $114,000 to shoot a Diy cannibal flick entitled Night of the Flesh Eaters. Set over a single night in a Pittsburgh farmhouse, it posited an America inexplicably overrun by resurrected corpses munching on human entrails, and threw together a band of scrabbling, squabbling survivors who hole up in a »
In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero gathered an unlikely team – from Pittsburgh policeman, iron workers, housewives and a roller rink owner – to create a low budget horror film that would revolutionise the industry, and spawn a new flesh eating monster that endures to this day…that film was Night of The Living Dead.
There has been somewhat of a resurgence of horror documentaries recently, no doubt inspired by the success of Best Worst Movie. One of the more recent efforts is Doc of the Dead, from the makers of the well-received Star Wars docu, The People vs. George Lucas. But whilst Doc of the Dead does find a huge chunk of its running time devoted to George A. Romero and his zombie trilogy, it also takes a look at the entire zombie oeuvre.
- Phil Wheat
Another month, another installment in Dead Rising 3’s “Untold Stories of Los Perdidos.” Last month’s “Operation Broken Eagle” was a fun-but-flawed addition to the game, focusing not on new series hero Nick Ramos, but on the stunningly generic special ops soldier Adam Kane, which stripped almost all of the personality from a lighthearted game and made it grim and gritty…and not really in a good way. However, it still deserved a look simply for being more Dead Rising 3, flawed or not.
Unfortunately, the trend continues in the second “Untold Story,” the ominously titled “Fallen Angel.” Going to the opposite side of the coin, the “illegal” Angel Quijano is the focal point, and this Dlc seems to fall into similar issues as its predecessors, but in a completely different way.
In the world of Dead Rising 3, those who have been infected with the zombie virus are forced to get “chipped, »
- Carl Lyon
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 06:24
Whether they're bleak, shocking or sad, the endings to these 22 movies have haunted us for years...
Warning: There are spoilers to the endings for every film we talk about in this article. So if you don't want to know an ending for a film, then don't read that entry.
It's probably best to start by talking about what this article isn't. It's not a list of the best movie endings, the best twists, the most depressing endings or anything like that. Instead, we're focusing here on the endings that seeped into our brain and stayed there for some time after we'd seen the film. The endings that provoke in an interesting way, and haunt you for days afterwards.
As such, whilst not every ending we're going to talk about here is a flat out classic - although lots of them are »
12 items from 2014
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