You may have missed our announcement of a new George A. Romero zombie film in production. The creator of the shambling undead genre is back and he’s bringing more zombies. His new film, Road of the Dead, is going in a different direction than what he has done in the past, especially with the look of the movie poster they just released.
Romero isn’t the only brain that’s coming up with this. As we mentioned before, friend and co-creator Matt Birman joined him to write and produce the movie. It was Birman’s idea originally for Road of the Dead.
In an interview George did with IndieWire, he stated:
“There was a sequence in ‘Survival of the Dead’ where there’s a zombie that’s behind the wheel of a car, and Matt proposed an idea: ‘How about zombies that know how to drive!?”
While Romero is behind the story and production, he’s leaving the stunts to the other producers Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell, as Romero is the self- proclaimed “story guy” and doesn’t dealmuch in the way of elaborate stunts.
Indie Wire also discussed with Romero his opinion on what the zombie genre has become with massive franchises like that of The Walking Dead and World War Z (to which he blatantly dislikes). He had this to say:
“It was probably bound to happen. I harbor a lot of resentment…I used to be the only guy on the zombie playground, and unfortunately Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead have made it Hollywood-ized. I was ready to do another one, a $2-3 million one, and nobody will finance a zombie film now. Hollywood is only interested in the undead when they have blockbuster potential, which something like World War Z ($540 million in box-office returns) does but a small-scale ‘…of the Dead’ installment might not. It’s not really resentment; I’ve had a terrific run.”
When he was asked if it was strange to him how the genre has developed over time and changed into a larger creature than it started out as, he continued:
“Of course, but mine have always been political. It’s not gore, it’s not just horror — I’ve always tried to put a little something in there. I felt that I almost found a niche, but it was bound to happen. There was no way to prevent that from happening.”
To Romero, it seems zombies movies have gotten too big for their britches and have moved past what he originally set out to do with the genre that he created. Even the seemingly silly concept of zombies driving in Road of the Dead may have a political message behind it. Just read the premise of the film.
“In the darkest days of the zombie apocalypse, the last safe place on earth is anything but, as a mad despot uses the spectacle of high-octane carnage to keep control of his populace.”
Are you excited for the new movie? Let us know in the comments! And if you need more zombie movies in your life, try some from our list of underappreciated Z flicks.
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The Byer’s House From ‘Stranger Things’ is Now For Sale
This is where it all started in the world of Stranger Things. Will Byer’s home kicked off the season with the young boy’s disappearance and his mom Joyce’s steadfast search. Well if you are a huge Stranger Things fans and want to own part of pop culture history, now is your shot. The Byer’s home is now for sale! The home described as a “fixer-upper” is marked at $300 thousand and is attached to six acres of land.
That is a pretty hefty price tag for such a property. And yet, it isn’t as expensive as properties from other films and tv shows. Part of the reason for the slightly lower-end price point is in the house’s description. It turns out that this home needs a lot of work to get it to ship shape again.
The synopsis for Stranger Things went like this:
After the mysterious and sudden vanishing of a young boy, the people of a small town begin to uncover secrets of a government lab, portals to another world and sinister monsters. The boy’s mother (Joyce) desperately tries to find him, convinced he is in grave danger, while the police chief searches for answers.
If you want to check out the Stranger Things Byers house listing with full details head over HERE.
‘Some Like it Rare’ Trailer Gets to the Meat of Horror
Some Like it Rare’s trailer proves that a cannibalistic horror film can also be a ton of fun. Watching two struggling butchers go for their dreams by way of murder is a lot of fun and while it is a French film, it could easily be compared the nature of the American dream.
The synopsis for Some Like it Rare is as follows:
Butchers Vincent and Sophie’s business is going under and their relationship is on the rocks. But their lives are changed forever when Vincent accidentally kills a vegan activist vandalizing their store. To get rid of the corpse, he butchers the body and Sophie accidentally sells the meat. Never has their product been more successful with their customers to the extent that they just might be tempted to kill again…
The film stars Fabrice Éboué, Marina Foïs, Jean-Francois Cayrey, Lisa Do Couto Texeira, Victor Meutelet, Stephane Soo Mongo, Virginie Hocq and Christophe Hondelatte.
Some Like it Rare is in select theaters on October 7 and on VOD beginning October 14.
‘Piggy’ Trailer Cuts Deep And Gets Gory
Piggy already has a huge place in my horror-loving heart. This one will speak well to the outsider. There is a ton of great social commentary throughout about our true selves and society’s shaming, cliques, and bullies. It is already one of my fave of the year.
The synopsis for Piggy goes like this:
With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A teenager whose excess weight makes her the target of incessant bullying, she flees a clique of capricious girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police begin asking questions, Sara keeps quiet. Intrigued by the stranger — an interest that’s mutual — she’s torn between revealing the truth and protecting the man who saved her.
The film stars Laura Galán, Richard Holmes, Carmen Machi, Irene Ferreiro & Camielle Aguilar, with the special collaborations of Pilar Castro and Claudia Salas.
Piggy arrives October 7 exclusively in Drafthouse theaters and on VOD beginning October 14.