The film “Martin” was shot in the US in the summer of 1976. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1977, and was released in cinemas in the US in July 1978. Due to the success of Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) in Italy (where it was released as “Zombi”, and scored by Italian prog rock legends Goblin), the producer of that film bought the rights to Romero’s earlier film “Martin” and released it in Italy as “Wampyr” – with a new music score by Goblin (mostly recycling music they had written for the films “Suspiria” and “Zombi”, and also some non-soundtrack material from their album “Roller”). This Italian cut of the film was released with scenes in a different order, and even some of the dialogue was differently dubbed, giving a very different impression and feel to the story compared to the US version.Read More »
1971-1980George A. RomeroHorrorUSA
1981-1990ActionCultGeorge A. RomeroUSA
Knightriders may well be the only cycle flick ever to be played out in suits of armor. A hardcase motorcycle gang led by Ed Harris has found itself a neat money-making gimmick. Dressed as the knights of the round table, the cyclists pick up a few bucks at local “renaissance” fairs, selling handicrafts made by the more talented members of the gang. Harris’ great rival is Tom Savini, who has his own band of “black knights.” Keep an eye out for a chucklesome unbilled bit by novelist Stephen King.Read More »
1971-1980George A. RomeroHorrorUSA
George Romero’s name may be synonymous with the living dead subgenre, but his filmography is far richer and more varied than his reputation as “the zombie guy” would suggest. Following the breakout success of his debut feature Night of the Living Dead, the director would embark upon a series of projects which demonstrate a master filmmaker with more than mere gut-munching on his mind.
Season of the Witch (released theatrically as Hungry Wives) follows the exploits of Joan Mitchell – a housewife who seeks to escape the confines of her humdrum suburban existence through a flirtation with witchcraft.Read More »
1971-1980CultGeorge A. RomeroHorrorUSA
George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies – an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be 84 years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburgh to stay with his cousin, who promises to save Martin’s soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin’s loneliness finds other means of release.Read More »
1971-1980George A. RomeroHorrorSci-FiUSA
George Romero’s 1979 sequel to Night of the Living Dead is a more accomplished and more knowing film, tapping into two dark and dirty fantasies–wholesale slaughter and wholesale shopping–to create a grisly extravaganza with an acute moral intelligence.
The graphic special effects (which sometimes suggest a shotgun Jackson Pollock) are less upsetting than Romero’s way of drawing the audience into the violence.
As four survivors of the zombie war barricade themselves inside a suburban shopping mall, our loyalties and human sympathies are made to shift with frightening ease.
Romero’s sensibility approaches the Swiftian in its wit, accuracy, excess, and profound misanthropy.Read More »
1961-1970George A. RomeroHorrorUSA
Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget, by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, Night of the Living Dead, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, Night of the Living Dead is back.
Night of the Living Dead was restored by the Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.Read More »
2011-2020DocumentaryGeorge A. RomeroHorrorShort FilmUSA
George A. Romero talks about the movie “Night of The Living Dead”.Read More »