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Remembering George A. Romero by Frank Sudol

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On the shelf at the old video store, back in the late Eighties, I noticed a video that stood out among all of the others. The VHS box cover featured a morphing image of a face, decaying against a yellow sun in the background, with the words, George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead written nearby. I was captivated. I showed the box to my brother and we agreed, this had to be seen right away.

With our frozen cheeseburgers fresh from the microwave and our canned sodas snapped open, we popped in the VHS tape and the wonder began, as the opening credits rolled by and scenic shots of a Florida-like City offered the ominous mood that something wasn’t right. The city was seemingly void of all life. Then the newspaper flashed up in the wind, “The Dead Walk!” as I remember it. Then some figured shadows shuffled into scene, and this ghastly, decayed and jawless, old man walked into frame.

Day of the Dead was revealed as the zombie’s face dripped slime, followed by some of the most incredibly gory and gritty zombies I had ever seen in my entire life, thanks to Romero, Tom Savini and his special effects team. I was amazed and thoroughly entertained by the unhindered vision of horror; of the living dead in an underground shelter, tearing apart the living who were foolish enough to tamper with the dead. Watching Captain Rhodes getting torn apart from the stomach down by a horde of rotting corpses was an ending that ensured this movie would live in my memory forever, as Bub saluted goodbye. Followed by the zombies grabbing selfishly for their bloody feast to feed their endlessly voracious appetites. Absolute, horror genius.

Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and many other classic Romero films have influenced my love of the horror genre so much, that I was inspired to create one of the first feature-length, animated zombie horror movies, The City of Rott, single-handedly back in 2005. The film was heavily influenced by George’s Dead films, and I made sure to pay honor to the King of Zombies through several tributes throughout the gory cartoon intended for grown ups, while also being sure to include social commentary beneath it all, as Romero always did.

To use one’s mind, or lose it and become like the mindless hordes of the living dead. To this day, Romero’s influence still flows through my imagination, as I create City of Rott: Otherworld, which will also feature plenty of animated, gory and visceral zombie moments inspired by his amazing Dead films.

And today, after learning of George A. Romero’s passing at age 77, not only Bub salutes a solemn goodbye to the legacy of the King of the Living Dead genre, but also countless horror fans worldwide, paying tribute to Romero’s introspective, thought-provoking brand of horror. Though he is gone, his Living Dead, Horror films and legendary status in the Horror Genre will endure. Thank you George A. Romero. Your influence lives on into the twilight.

– F. Sudol

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

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Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!

Synopsis:

Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package

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Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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I Already Have a Dog But Now I Want a Baby Dinosaur

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The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, is rumored to be attached to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Since that film is going to be coming out in less than a month, it’s no surprise that the marketing campaign for the dino-filled trailer is already starting and today it kicks off with a six-second teaser that is as adorable as you can get!

In the teaser, Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady is petting a baby velociraptor, which coos and twitters in the cutest of fashions. Is there anything else going on? Nah. Does something else need to happen? Nope. The movie already has me sold.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (When a Monster Calls), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong, and Toby Jones. However, the biggest and most important star of the film will be the return of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, who is, in my humble opinion, the best character in the franchise, besting even the T-rex that seemingly cannot die.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will evolve into theaters on June 22, 2018.

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