(February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017)
Few people have impacted the horror genre like George A. Romero. Much of today’s zombie craze can be attributed to Romero’s work in Night of the Living Dead and other related films. He also wrote and directed The Crazies and Monkey Shines, directed Creepshow, and was a contributing producer of the Tales from the Darkside television series.
If you have never seen the original Night of the Living Dead from 1968, block off some time to watch it today.
Stephen King, Wes Craven, and George A. Romero are three of the most recognizable names in modern horror. In Beyond Fear, author Joseph Maddrey takes a look at some of the most iconic works of each and explores their deeper meanings, drawing on each creator’s personal history and worldview. The book, however, is not too highly intellectual, making it accessible to the average fan who is interested in learning more about their favorite scary storytellers.
Maddrey divides his writing into three parts: one essay on Romero and his Living Dead series, five chapters on Craven’s career in film, and twenty-seven entries on King’s material (including five entitled “The King of Hollywood”). Early influences and possible inspirations are cited for each story or film, and the impact they had on society is considered.
Beyond Fear provides an interesting overview, specifically when it comes to Stephen King’s prolific output and the struggles of his early career. The first 123 pages covering Romero and Craven are an interesting read, but even if they were omitted, Beyond Fear would still be well worth the reader’s time.
Here we are at the end of the month. I can barely believe we survived. Hopefully you are more aware of zombies today than you were 31 days ago. Hopefully you take the threat more seriously. Hopefully we will still be not undead in May, 2011 to celebrate Zombie Awareness Month once again.
I told you at the beginning of the month that George A. Romero‘s Night Of The Living Dead is an important film that every person should watch at least once in his or her lifetime…preferrably before he or she becomes one of the undead. Well, here’s your chance.
Embedding has been disabled, so I can’t post the movie directly here on the site, but I can direct you to where you can watch it…on YouTube even.
Watch and learn, boys and girls. And have a safe eleven months until Zombie Awareness Month is upon us once again…
At the beginning of the month, Brian Basher (who hosts the awesome Hard Rock Hideout radio show every Wednesday night on KACV-FM) told me about George A. Romero’s new flick, Survival Of The Dead. How I was unaware of this before our “twonversation” I don’t know, but I immediately began seeking out information.
The movie will be getting limited theatrical release tomorrow – May 28 – just in time for the end of Zombie Awareness Month! But it’s actually been available since April 30 on XBOX and other platforms! Needless to say, it’s an epic win for Romero and zombie fans alike.
Here’s the trailer:
If you haven’t already seen it, make plans to catch it on the big screen if you can find it in your area. Because, as they say in Texas, bigger is better.