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George A. Romero Has Died; Godfather Of The Undead Was 77
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Tonight marks the return of Games of Thrones, where the primary villains are the White Walkers, a marching army of undead. Today, the man most responsible for making the word “undead” part of the zeitgeist, the Godfather of modern zombie culture, George A. Romero, has died today at 77 after a brief fight with lung cancer.

You can’t look anywhere without seeing the impact the Bronx-born filmmaker had on the modern world. From Game of Thrones to The Walking Dead, to iZombie, television is as full of zombies as the Monroeville Mall was in 1978. In 1968, Romero along with a small band of colleagues created one of the most iconic and influential films of any genre in history, with Night of the Living Dead. In the film, a rag tag group are thrown together in a farmhouse while undead zombies gather outside hungry for human flesh. Hilariously, Romero hated the word “zombie” which he would of course become synonymous with.

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Book Spotlight: Nights Of The Living Dead By Jonathan Maberry & George A. Romero
Dr. Zaius   |  

Nights of the Living Dead book

Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology
Paperback | Digital Book | Audio CD
Edited by Jonathan Maberry & George A. Romero
St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: July 11th, 2017

In 1968, a horror movie from director George A. Romero came out called Night of the Living Dead. Nearly 50 years later, zombie horror is “alive” and well, with hit shows like The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a renaissance of zombie fiction in all forms of entertainment, from comics to novels like World War Z (Max Brooks) and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith) to TV and film. Zombie even manage to cross over into other genres. The TV series iZombie takes the flesh eaters into the world of police forensics and the underground “brain trade.” Movies like Warm Bodies (2013) showed zombies can be romantic and of course Shaun of the Dead (2004) proved they can be the butt of jokes.

Though, there was a time when zombies were not the “it” thing in horror, but back in 1989, an undead anthology called Book of the Dead (edited by John Skipp & Craig Spector) made zombie literature cool again. Nights of the Living Dead is a collection of original zombie short stories all based in the world Romero built. What’s really interesting is reading the introductions by Romero himself and co-editor, author, and unabashed Romero fanboy, Jonathan Maberry.

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Trailer For Showtime Documentary ‘Why Horror?’
The Movie God   |  

Why Horror? Showtime Documentary

Showtime has released a trailer for an upcoming documentary fans of October will be able to get behind.

The doc is titled Why Horror? and it simply follows the world of the horror genre and its many forms around the world, with insight from horror directors like John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Eli Roth, Twisted Twins Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska, and more, all led by horror fanatic Tal Zimerman.

You can check out the official trailer for Why Horror? below.

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Blu-ray Review: The Dark Half
Adam Frazier   |  

The Dark Half Blu-ray review

The Dark Half
Blu-ray
Director: George A. Romero
Screenwriters: George A. Romero, Paul Hunt, Nick McCarthy
Cast: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris
Scream Factory
Rated R | 122 Minutes
Release Date: November 18, 2014

Directed by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow), 1993’s The Dark Half is based on Stephen King‘s novel of the same name.

In order to talk about Romero’s adaptation of The Dark Half, first we must discuss a little history. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, King published a handful of short novels – Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), The Running Man (1982), and Thinner (1984) — under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Shortly after the release of Thinner, Bachman was exposed as King’s pseudonym by a Washington D.C. bookstore clerk who noticed similarities between the two authors. The clerk, Steve Brown, wrote to King with the evidence he’d gathered, and King called him days later to come clean in an exclusive interview. The interview was published in The Washington Post, and King announced Bachman’s death – from “cancer of the pseudonym.”

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Blu-ray Review: Monkey Shines
Adam Frazier   |  

Monkey Shines Blu-ray review

Monkey Shines
Blu-ray
Director: George A. Romero
Screenwriter: George A. Romero
Cast: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Christine Forrest, Janine Turner, Stanley Tucci
Scream Factory
Rated R | 113 Minutes
Release Date: November 11, 2014

In 1968, Night of the Living Dead became a cult classic and a defining moment for modern horror cinema. Since then, filmmaker George A. Romero has made some truly interesting films with socio-political overtones.

In the ’70s, Romero gave us The Crazies, about a military biological weapon that turns people into homicidal maniacs; Jack’s Wife (also known as Season of the Witch) – a feminist film about housewives practicing witchcraft; Martin, a satirical, transgressive vampire film, and Dawn of the Dead, an apocalyptic horror masterpiece.

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SXSW 2014 Review: Doc Of The Dead
Adam Frazier   |  

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Doc of the Dead
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe
Cast: Max Brooks, George A. Romero, Simon Pegg, Robert Kirkman
Red Letter Media
Not Rated | 81 Minutes
Release Date: March 15, 2014

Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas), Doc of the Dead delves deep into the evolution of the zombie sub-genre in film and literature.

The film, which features interviews with zombie authors, filmmakers, and scholars like Max Brooks, George A. Romero, and Robert Kirkman, explores the impact and influence of the living dead on pop culture.

With the participation of YouTubers and indie filmmakers, Doc of the Dead also investigates the possibility and aftermath of a real-life zombie outbreak.

Simon Pegg, Tom Savini, Stuart Gordon, Bruce Campbell, and other horror and science-fiction icons provide commentary on our fascination with zombies while recognizing the inherent use of metaphor and social commentary in the sub-genre.

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