The last thing the zombie world needs right now is another half-assed attempt to cash in on George Romero’s brilliance, but it looks like that’s just what we’re staring down the barrel of as John Russo prepares to unleash Escape of the Living Dead on us.
Based on the Avatar Comic of the same name, Escape is set in the same universe as Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, picking up many years after the initial outbreak. The theory is that some of the zombies were captured for experiments and have now escaped, causing the dead to come back all over again.
Fangoria chatted with Escape star Gunnar Hansen recently, who might just be one of the only people out there looking forward to this. “This is a really brilliant role,” he told the mag. “My character is a biker; he gets zombified and then becomes the lead ghoul. It’s going to be great fun, and yeah, I’m not just making a cameo appearance in this. To me, there is nothing better than being a zombie, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Perhaps you think I’m being too harsh from the outset, but keep in mind that Russo is the man responsible for the 30th Anniversary edition of Night, which featured all-new footage he shot to try and make the film “better”. That alone should have been enough to banish him to the Forbidden Zone for at least a few centuries; instead he’s walking among us, making movies.
Tony Todd, Kane Hodder and Kristina Klebe also star in Escape of the Living Dead. We’re not sure of the status yet, but it has a release date of September 1st, 2009, so expect to hear a lot more about it, whether we like it or not, in the coming year.
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