Here’s Why George Romero Basically Hates World War Z
It was back in 1968 that George Romero gave rise to the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, and a lot has changed since the godfather of the sub-genre wrote the rules and paved the way for all things undead. Zombies are as mainstream as movie monsters get, and Romero’s not exactly happy about that.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Romero spoke about the present landscape of zombie cinema, bemoaning the fact that Hollywood is no longer interested in the sorts of low-budget, intimate zombie movies that he built a career on.
“The Hollywood wisdom is you can’t make money with a zombie film unless you put big money into it,” noted Romero, indicating why it’s been nearly a decade since he last made a zombie movie. “You have to invest $200 million to make the film fantastic. I’m the opposite of that.”
Romero points to 2013’s World War Z as the catalyst for this change in the Hollywood mindset, as the action film had a budget of nearly $200 million and featured A-list superstar Brad Pitt in the lead role – the sort of casting you’d never find in a Romero zombie movie.
“Brad Pitt was the guy that took the big bite with World War Z, and butchered it basically,” says Romero. “The zombies were like army ants. It was like the remake of The Naked Jungle.”
What’s next for Romero? Though Hollywood may not want anything to do with him, and vice versa, he’s currently hard at work on a small screen adaptation of his graphic novel series Empire of the Dead, which he will both write and executive produce.
“You can be a little tougher on cable. You don’t have to be as gentle,” Romero notes, excited about the idea of bringing his particular brand of undead mayhem to cable.
With the landscape of TV changing of favor of the horror genre, it seems that George Romero has once again found a home he’s happy to be in. And that’s good news for us all.
Spirit Halloween Unveils ‘Horror Babies’ Including Ghostface, Pennywise, and More
Spirit Halloween is unveiling the goods a bit earlier than usual this year. For example, these little horror babies that give us infantile versions of Ghostface, Leatherface, Pennywise and Sam from Trick r’ Treat. We were already excited when they announced all-new Killer Klowns From Outer Space items, but these horror babies are making sure that they bring the goods even earlier.
The breakdown of Spirt Halloween Horror Babies goes like this:
- Trick’ r Treat Sam Horror Baby: Equipped with his signature lollipop, this Sam baby will never get fussy – as long as his new family follows the rules of Halloween.
- Scream Ghost Face Horror Baby: Perfect for classic slasher fans, this sweet Ghost Face baby comes equipped with a prop bloody knife for a baby so cute he’s to die for.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface Horror Baby: Featuring his signature mallets, fans will need to be careful to pacify this Leatherface baby if they want to avoid getting whacked.
- IT Pennywise Horror Baby: Straight from the sewers of Derry, this Pennywise baby is sure to give any guests a sweet scare.
Horror Babies are looking fantastic and bring that very cool bit of nostalgia with them. From Ghostface to Pennywise the lineup is looking fantastic.
Each of these hauntingly adorable Horror Baby is available for purchase for $49.99 on SpiritHalloween.com, now while supplies last.
‘Talk to Me’ A24 Trailer is Chilling Us to the Bone With New Approach to Possession
The very chilling, Talk to Me reinvents the possession genre by turning the entire genre on its ear and dropping the beat on the terror. Each moment spent in the trailer is very intense and full of atmosphere.
There is a bit of Breakfast Club combined with this intensely moody possession thriller.
The synopsis for Talk to Me goes like this
When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
The film stars Sophie Wilde, Miranda Otto, Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird, Otis Dhanji, Zoe Terakes, and Chris Alosio.
Talk to Me arrives July 28, 2023.
Nicolas Cage Plays a Very Wicked Devil in ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ Trailer
Joel Kinnaman plays alongside the very wicked Nicolas Cage! Why so wicked you ask? Well cause this time around he is playing none other than the devil himself and he is bringing all of his wicked charm and red hair with it. That’s right, the first trailer for the very off the wall Sympathy for the Devil is here.
Okay, is he really the devil? Well, you are going to have to watch to find out. But, it doesn’t change the fact that this whole thing looks like its a blast out of hell and a ton of fun.
The synopsis for Sympathy for the Devil goes like this:
After being forced to drive a mysterious passenger (Nicolas Cage) at gunpoint, a man (Joel Kinnaman) finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse where it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems.
Sympathy for the Devil arrives July 28, 2023!