October 7, 2011 |
The zombie movie has few storytelling avenues beyond attack-chomp-slaughter-run, and George Romero has by now explored them all, and memorably. What separates new entry "The Dead," then, is its physical arena: the harsh, withering expanse of northwest Africa. By setting their zombie-pocalypse in a war-torn region of unforgiving climate, punishing earth and decimated villages, British filmmaking brothers Howard J. and Jon Ford — who filmed in Burkina Faso and Ghana — get an initially visceral metaphoric punch not unconnected to the routinely troubling news media images often beamed from this ravaged continent.
September 19, 2010 |
In a nondescript office building on Cahuenga Boulevard, Frank Darabont is putting the finishing touches on the end of the world. The writer-director, famed for such Oscar-nominated feature films as "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," is now masterminding the zombie apocalypse with his new television series, "The Walking Dead. " Adapted from Robert Kirkman's graphic novels, "Walking Dead" follows a band of survivors struggling to retain their humanity in a nightmarish world overrun by the undead.
August 22, 2010 |
Lost: The Complete Collection ABC, $229.99; Blu-ray, $279.99 Fans may argue for decades about whether ABC's "Lost" ended beautifully or with a humongous cop-out, but those arguments alone are a testament to the power of a show that turned one harrowing plane crash on a remote island into six years of globe-hopping, genre-spanning adventure. The entire series is now available in a DVD and Blu-ray package worthy of "Lost" obsessives, complete with a replica board game, hidden clues, a bonus disc of behind-the-scenes footage and all the original season sets' commentaries and featurettes — including the Season 6 set's 15-minute "epilogue.
May 30, 2010
With "Survival of the Dead," horror auteur George A. Romero, 70, resurrects the series that began more than 40 years ago with the game-changing zombie film "Night of the Living Dead." The Toronto-based writer/director passed through Los Angeles promoting his sixth "… of the Dead" movie, now in theaters. What inspired you to make No. 6? I think of it as four and two. The first four were on their own track. Even though they were made 10 years apart from each other or more, it's meant to be the same storyline.
February 26, 2010 |
Who wouldn't want the best for a movie with such a deliciously reactionary name like "The Crazies"? It first belonged to zombiemeister George A. Romero's 1973 indie provocation, centered on a small town's mental and physical disintegration following a mysterious water contamination. It now marks the latest in jacked-up horror remakes ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Halloween," "The Hills Have Eyes") that replace iconoclastic chills with paint-by-numbers shocks. Things start promisingly spooky enough in director Breck Eisner's version, when inhabitants of Iowa farming community Ogden Marsh begin shifting from folksy to frowny, and finally homicidal.
February 21, 2010 |
George Romero's "The Crazies" (1973) has always existed in the shadow of his zombie movies, but this epidemic thriller is perhaps the horror maestro's most provocative exploration of his great theme: the collapse of social order. A new remake, directed by Breck Eisner and also titled "The Crazies," opens Friday; the original is being issued on Blu-ray by Blue Underground on Tuesday (it is already available on standard-definition DVD). Back in the crisis-ridden early '70s, the film's queasy premise must have carried more than a ring of real-world plausibility (as it certainly does in our jittery present of viral scares and terror threats)