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Romero’s career as a director came with this final installment to his Dead franchise. A more traditional story structure than the previous film, this film features characters we only briefly met in Diary of the Dead.  The National Guardsman are still trying to get somewhere safe.  They meet a kid who tells them about an island.  When they arrive at the island, they run into a rivalry between people who want to kill… Read More

Earlier I commented on how the Dead movies are kind of set in an “ever present now”.  Diary of the Dead kind of flips that on its head.  Diary of the dead is a found footage approach to Romero’s Dead World.  All told through footage from the cast of characters camera, it explores the early days of the zombie outbreak.  It jumps to the beginning, and the beginning is now. The film… Read More

It took 20 years for Romero to decide on a new zombie film.  In this film?  Set well after the zombie apocalypse, we are introduced to a small city that has grown, fortified against the dead.  The culture is divided between the haves and the have-nots.  Those with riches live in comfort in a high-rise apartment complex.  Everyone else lives alone, where life is a day to day struggle. In this world,… Read More

Romero wrote and directed this exploration of identity and what a person is willing to do if they lose any sense of it. Henry Creedlow is a pushover.  His wife is cheating on him, his boss treats him like garbage.  At a work party, his boss’s wife has created blank masks from Henry’s face that people are then to decorate, representing their identity.  Henry leaves his untouched. What follows is a discovery… Read More

Young Thad Beaumont experienced painful headaches when doctors performed surgery, they found the remains of a twin Thad absorbed in the womb.  Years later, Thad is a teacher and writer.  He is approached by Fred Clawson and asked to sign a book.  Thad claims he is not the author, pointing to the author being George Stark.  but Fred has worked out that Thad and Stark are one in the same.  And he… Read More

Two Evil Eyes is a double feature from George A. Romero and Italian horror icon Dario Argento.  The two tales are Poe inspired tales The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar and The Black Cat. Romero’s tale is a pretty straight forward.  Jessica Valdemar married Ernest Valdemar for his riches.  She has to keep him alive, but he is nearing death. She is trying to keep her affair with his doctor,… Read More

Based on a novel by Michael Stewart, Monkey Shines is the tale of a quadriplegic man who given an enhanced monkey as his helper.  Allen is an athlete who is left wheelchair-bound after a terrible accident.  Initially, he is stuck with a rather unsympathetic nurse (who lets her parakeet fly around the house) named Maryanne.  He struggles, and his girlfriend walks out on him (only to start dating the doctor who saved his… Read More

I never really had any idea what this movie was about, based on the cover in the video store. s thought it was maybe about time traveling bikers in medieval times or a post apocalyptic future.  It turns out…it is about Ren Fair bikers who get super popular. Billy leads a traveling show where everyone dresses as knights and other medieval citizenry, with the one different being they ride motor cycles rather… Read More

Martin is one of the more interesting vampire films of the 70’s.  Martin believes himself to be a vampire.  It does not help that his family feeds this belief.  He has faced exorcisms and now is being sent to live with his cousin Cuda.  Cuda calls Martin Nosferatu and has filled his house garlic and crosses. Cuda’s daughter is less impressed with the family’s old world beliefs. As he approaches his first… Read More

Not unlike Night of the Living Dead, the Crazies presents a situation in which our loved ones may be the biggest threat.  Unlike his first film, of course, the threat is solely from the living. The film opens up in the middle of things.  Two kids are playing in their house, only to be chased by their father.  What is quickly revealed is that the military has already arrived and started to… Read More