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The Walking Dead is back in a big way. After the massive season 7 premiere that finally revealed who Negan's victims were, the show is arguably as big as it has ever been. It has helped to propel zombies into mainstream pop culture in a big way, but legendary zombie filmmaker George A. Romero isn't exactly a fan of how that has unfolded.
The iconic director recently spoke with Indiewire and of course, they talked about zombies. If you're wondering why you haven't seen George A. Romero make a zombie movie for a while, properties like The Walking Dead may be to blame, at least according to him. Here is what he had to say.
For nearly 50 years, George Romero has lived with a zombie legacy. In 1968, he directed “Night of the Living Dead” on a bare-bones budget. The movie’s resonance today is undeniable: The walking dead are the biggest motif of the modern horror genre, and millions of fans have Romero to thank for it. However, Romero himself has maintained a complicated relationship with his eerie creations. While he directed a series of sequels to “Night” over the course of many decades, it’s been seven years since his last entry, “Survival of the Dead.” But that’s not for lack of trying.
Still, Romero can rest easy on the cultural impact of his first zombie movie, which continues to receive institutional support. On November 5, the Museum of Modern Art will present a new 4k restoration of “Night of the Living Dead” as part of its To Save and Project festival taking place throughout the month. »
- Eric Kohn
Impressively sculpted and accompanied by intriguing backstories, Sideshow Collectibles' Court of the Dead figures will come to life in Court of the Dead: Underworld Rising. The newly announced video game from Sideshow and Arcade Distillery recently launched a Kickstarter campaign that should interest fans looking to role-play within the afterlife's realms of heaven and hell.
To learn more about Court of the Dead: Underworld Rising, visit the game's official Kickstarter page. We also have details and announcement videos for the game:
From Kickstarter: "Live your afterlife in this role-playing video game set in an original dark fantasy world created by Sideshow.
Most mortals know that Heaven and Hell have been in conflict over their souls for almost all of time. What they do not know is the terrible truth that you have just discovered: Their battle is not for salvation or damnation. Heaven and Hell fight only to destroy each other. »
- Derek Anderson
Ibiza Undead premiered at last week’s Horror Channel Frightfest. Directed by Andy Edwards, the film sees a lads holiday abroad spoiled by an unruly mass of zombies. We caught up with Andy the afternoon of the premiere to talk all about the project. When we met him Andy described himself as being ‘tired and emotional’, the tired part coming from partying with Alex Zane and Emily Booth, the emotional part coming from seeing his feature debut premiere at the festival.
He wasn’t all by himself though, he was joined by his three leading men – Homer Todiwala, Ed Kear and Jordan Coulson. We chatted all things zombies, including how best to survive an attack, and realised that Todiwala, Kear and Coulson are exactly their on-screen personas. The quartet definitely gave a verbal work-out, be warned the following interview contains traces of banter.
A lot of films at this year’s Frightfest feature zombies, »
- Kat Hughes
The film, which will play in Venice Classics, was restored by Koch Media in collaboration with Norton Trust and Antonello Cuomo.
Italian filmmaker Argento, also known for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Horror film vet George A. Romero will soon be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The director, who immortalized the zombie apocalypse with his 1968 directorial debut “Night of the Living Dead, will have a special unveiling ceremony set to take place sometime in 2017.
Fans of the director have been petitioning and campaigning for Romero to get the accolade for quite some time. Last year at the Texas Frightmare Weekend, his admirers even threw a fundraising event in honor of the 76-year-old helmer.
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Romero is known as one of the most influential directors in the horror genre. Other notable films he has directed include “The Crazies” (1973), about the military’s attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead,” “Land of The Dead” (2005) and many more. »
- Liz Calvario
With most of the great horror movies already remade, we are entering a second wave of reboots that bring back some classics in the genre. Zombie maestro George A. Romero already had his seminal 1985 trilogy ending thriller Day of the Dead remade in 2008, which arrived as a standalone story that wasn't a true follow-up to Zack Snyder's 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, which in turn really wasn't a sequel to Tom Savini's 1990 Night of the Living Dead remake. Now, we're getting a second Day of the Dead remake, and it doesn't appear to be connected to any of the movies that came before it either. But it will bring back an iconic character from Romero's oeuvre, sort of, and today we have a first look.
Those once dead and buried, are now alive and walking around again on ABC's Once Upon a Time. As the characters have made their trip to the Underworld a bevy of previous killed off characters have made a reappearance. In the Land of the Dead, the deceased are needling and mocking our alive characters like they never did before in life. With all the returns though, some characters have been missing. Here are 3 Once Upon a Time characters we'd like to see again in the Underworld.
Let the Chronicle be your guide to the Underworld. Due out this spring, Sideshow Collectibles’ Court of the Dead: The Chronicle of the Underworld was written by Corinna Bechko and Landry Walker with cover illustration by Tom Jilesen.
From Sideshow Collectibles: There’s an old saying: “Death is your last adventure”. Little do they know what a grand, long adventure it is. But you are about to find out. You have left behind your mortal shell and landed on the shores of the Underworld, the Land of the Dead. This dark, sprawling realm is rife with unimaginable creatures, feral beauties and dazzling temptations, the likes of which you have never seen. Luckily, you have a guidebook.
In the Chronicle, you will learn about Death, who built and rules the Underworld, and his Court of the Dead, who help him govern it. You will discover how the universe was actually forged »
- Tamika Jones
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