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Remembering George A. Romero by Dave Parker

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Maverick. Pioneer. Trailblazer. Those are a couple of words that could best describe George A. Romero, the filmmaker – even though he would probably shake his head and laugh them off with that deep and joyful laugh that will forever bring a smile to my face when I hear it now, in documentaries and interviews.

Humble. Generous. Empathetic. Those are a couple of words that could describe George A. Romero, the man. I was fortunate to meet and interact with George on several occasions. He was one cool cat, to crib a phrase he might use. A gentle giant.

Giant. That is how I will think of George Romero. His films and their impact shaped the modern horror film every bit as much as Hitchcock, if not more.

I’ve seen many testimonials in the past 24hours that included, “He made me want to make movies” or some similar wording, and that is absolutely true for me. When I saw Creepshow opening night in 1982, I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

George A. Romero forever shaped my life, whether he wanted or intended too. He opened up an entire world to me. Through his films, the documentaries about his films that I was fortunate to work on, his collaborators that I became friends with, and my far too few interactions with the man himself, he has been a constant in my life. He even had an impact on it even when he wasn’t there. I remember leaving early from a film school class to go attend a special screening of Two Evil Eyes. That’s how important George A. Romero was to me. I knew I would learn more from him, than I would at that class. I was right.

His loss is immeasurable. His influence incalculable. His impact undeniable.

Thank you George for everything that I have, and will do. Your spirit lives within so many of us, as fans, as filmmakers, and as people. You will be missed, but you truly will live forever, like the ghouls you created, in our hearts, minds, and souls.

R.I.P. George A. Romero

Stay scared.

– Dave Parker

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

Synopsis:
A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

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When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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