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Remembering George A. Romero by B. Harrison Smith

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Better late than never… a lot of Johnny Come Lately’s will come out of the woodwork with the passing of George Romero. He was the king of independent horror, and a man who gave far more than he got in return. “The Walking Dead” fans will take to social media and pay hashtag tributes, but many didn’t know what George did to give them their weekly zombie fix. What’s worse… they didn’t want to know.

However, my contribution is not about zombies or to sound like the old man chasing kids off his lawn. Instead, when asked by Dread Central to offer my thoughts on George Romero, I remembered I kept a journal in my sophomore year in high school. I remembered that I wrote an entry on Creepshow after seeing it Nov. 28th, 1982. The film had an impact on me and I felt my entry would be the best tribute to a man I only got to meet once, but was able to thank him to his face for all he did for so many.

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That’s an actual piece of the journal I had to keep for English class in my sophomore year. While George A. Romero is primarily known for his zombie legacy, he did so much more. Below is my actual entry from a fifteen year old boy. I sat with friends in the old, moldering Sherman Theater, which couldn’t have been a better place to see Creepshow.

11/30/82: Creepshow has to be one of the most interesting horror films I have seen in awhile. I know I’ve written on other types of horror, mostly the slasher genre and how it’s taken horror down a different path, but Creepshow made me think I was a kid again. It was a lot of fun and I think George Romero teaming up with Stephen King was not only a great idea; they made a damn good film to boot!

The stories are mostly revenge and I have to say that The Crate was the best. Adrienne Barbeau was so good as the drunk wife of Hal Holbrook. I loved her in The Fog and Escape From New York, but she looked like she was having so much fun in this. I wanted to see more of her. The makeup effects were amazing and I want to meet Tom Savini one day because he’s amazing. The thing in the crate was like this fluffy ape with teeth! The lighting was like a comic book come to life. I only had a few of the horror comics as boy that Nanny got for me. The way the whole film was laid out and acted…it was the best horror film I’ve seen in awhile. Even though I liked Halloween 3 nobody else did, but I thought that was cool too.

When I’m a real filmmaker one day I want to make a film as cool as Creepshow.I hope they make a part 2 but this would be hard to top!

There you have it, a fifteen year old’s assessment of George Romero. I was only discovering his work at that time, but Creepshow made me dig deeper and by college we had a full blown Romero film night with lots of zombies, pot and beer to dovetail with Day of the Dead’s release.

Film needs to be fun again. Horror definitely needs fun. Even with Romero’s darkest stuff, he always seemed like he had the best time giving it to us.

Now I have worked with Adrienne Barbeau and can call her a friend. I got to meet George Romero and shake his and and personally thank him for his work and contribution to the craft. I know Tom Atkins and I got to hang out for an entire evening at Tom Savini’s house and actually touch Fluffy’s “the thing in the crate’s” teeth.

Regardless of politics, I think Ronald Reagan’s ending line from his farewell speech would sum up my little list of triumphs and Romero’s career:

All in all not bad. Not bad at all.

-B. Harrison Smith
Camp Dread, Death House, The Fields

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Another WolfCop Gets Another Poster via The Dude Designs

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It was only last week that we shared the bloody new trailer for writer-director Lowell Dean’s upcoming sequel to his hit horror-comedy flick WolfCop.

Today we have another poster for Another WolfCop.

This new poster comes to us from one of my current favorite poster artists, Tom “The Dude” Hodge. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you surely know his work. To refamiliarize yourself, you can check out more of his posters right here.

Below you will find his new poster for Another WolfCop, along with the flick’s newest trailer. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:
A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

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Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

Ever wonder which of us knows more lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby? Well, Patreon found out, but perhaps there’s more singing in the actual episode. Download to find out!

Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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