Tag Archive: george romero

Aug 25

Martin

Genre: Horror
Year: 1978
Country: USA

aka: Wampyr

Director: George Romero
Starring: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau, Tom Savini

 

 

 

A vampire for our age of disbelief

 

Martin (1978) - Movie Review

Oct 16

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

talesfromthedarksideGenre: Horror
Year: 1990
Country: USA

Directors: John Harrison
Starring: Deborah Harry, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, David Johansen, James Remar

 

From the depths of four twisted minds

 

Tales from the Darkside. The Movie is based on a TV series by George Romero. The show had the same name as this film and it premiered on American Television back in 1984 and lasted for four seasons. At the same time the 80’s had one particularly popular horror anthology film, also with Romero involved, called Creepshow.

The second and final official (I refuse to count the third film made by some indie company a few years back as a real sequel) sequel to Creepshow came out in 1987 and there was supposedly plans on making another one, although it never happened. Instead we got this film, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, a film that many fans consider to be a real third Creepshow film. And that does hold some weight as this do have the names George Romero and Stephen King attached to it, just like Creepshow.

Jun 22

Diary of the Dead

diaryofhtedeadGenre: Horror
Year: 2007
Country:USA

aka: The Death of Death

Director: George Romero
Starring: Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dincol

 

Shoot the dead

 

A group of film students is shooting a horror movie for their class project. While shooting, the news of murders, riots and chaos is received and the group packs up their stuff and hits the road to find safety. The director of the short film, Jason, decides that everything needs to be documented so he keeps the camera on at all times to film everything that is happening on their journey.

Not only did we get Land of the Dead in 2005 after twenty years of waiting for a new Romero zombie movie, but we get another one only two years later! I guess the zombie craze of the 2000’s had some good parts to it after all! Diary is kind of the opposite of Land in most ways. Diary is a low budget indie production and instead of slick looks it rather goes for the point of view / handheld camera visual.

Jun 17

Land of the Dead

landofthedeadGenre: Horror
Year: 2005
Country: USA

Director: George Romero
Starring: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy

 

The dead shall inherit the earth

 

The zombie apocalypse has happened and survivors have set up small communities in cities, trying to get their daily lives and society running again. Typical of humans, the society is split between the rich and the poor but now also with the undead as a third part.

The rich have created a big armored vehicle that is called Dead Reckoning that can be used to travel outside of the city safe zone to gather supplies and also to protect the city. The second in command of the crew that runs Dead Reckoning steals the vehicle after being denied into the rich part of society and now it is up to the leader of the crew, Riley Denbo to get the vehicle back. At the same time a huge horde of zombies is emerging close to the city.

Finally George Romero is back with another zombie movie! Made twenty years after Day of the Dead, Land actually had a decent budget movie with 17,5 million dollars to work with. It got positive reviews when it came out and did quite well financially.

Jun 10

Day of the Dead

POSTER - DAY OF THE DEADGenre: Horror
Year: 1985
Country: USA

aka: Day of the Living Dead, Zombie 2

Director: George Romero
Starring: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy, Anthony Dileo Jr.

 

The dead have waited. The day has come.

 

The zombies are now in the majority and the few humans that are still alive has gone underground to survive. A group of scientists, with help and protection from a group of military personnel are staying at a fortified military base in Florida trying to figure out what has caused the zombie apocalypse and what can be done to turn things normal again.

Day of the Dead is the third and final movie in Romero’s original Dead Trilogy, or Trilogy of the Dead if you will. It was not an easy project for Romero and the budget got cut in half during pre-production, making him have to scale down the project a lot. Most of the movie takes place inside of the military bunker, keeping the humans isolated from the horrible threats that lurk outside, just like the first two movies.

Jun 05

Dawn of the Dead

POSTER - DAWN OF THE DEADGenre: Horror
Year: 1978
Country: USA

aka: The Zombies, Zombie, Zombie: Dawn of the Dead, Zombies, Zombies: Dawn of the Dead

Director: George Romero
Starring: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford

 

When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.

 

The dead has risen and are now slowly taking over society. There is some military resistance and also heated discussions on what the living are supposedĀ to do with the dead. A small group of three men and a female seek refuge at a big shopping mall where they have everything they could ever desire to survive.

Dawn of the Dead is the long-awaited follow-up to Night of the Living Dead. George Romero was wary of doing another zombie movie after Night, but after doing a few other smaller projects he felt that the time was right to gather his crew and do a new entry into his zombie saga. Dario Argento was eager to contribute to this project after being a fan of Romero’s previous work. Romero also was a fan of Argento’s work so the collaboration of the two horror legends both sparked this incredible zombie movie and also a friendship between the two maestro’s that is still lasting to this day.

Mar 22

Night of the Living Dead

POSTER - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (silverferox)Genre: Horror
Year: 1968
Country: USA

Director: George Romero
Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne

 

If it doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead!

 

The dead are starting to come back to life and attacks people and eat their flesh. Barbra has been able to escape from a raging mad zombie at the local cemetery and finds refuge at a house nearby. She finds a half-eaten corpse in the house and runs out of it, only to be found by Ben who comforts her and brings her inside for safety. There are more people inside the house and together they gotta keep each other safe from the ever-growing horde of zombies that are roaming outside the house.

I will gladly admit that it is not easy to try to review the George Romero zombie movies these days. The original trilogy has been a part of my horror craze since I was little and I’ve probably seen Dawn of the Dead nearly 50 times by now and I hold them all dear to my heart. Night of the Living Dead is one of the most influential horror movies of all time, but if you look at it with a critics eye, does it deserve to be called one of the best?