Film History

George A. Romero – Thank You For Everything

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The day I hoped would never come has indeed come to be. The passing of one of the most influential people on my life, George A. Romero. When I started film school the teacher went around the room and asked everyone who inspired them the most to become filmmakers. At the time it was the in thing to say Martin Scorsese so most people said him and a few answers were interesting if not obvious. I was the standout because I said George Romero. I have a long list of filmmakers that have inspired me over the years but when it comes to the ones that literally shaped me that list is very short. Indeed a key name on that short list is George Romero. When I was really young I became fascinated by the film Creepshow. I found the graphic novel of it a couple months before the film […]

Film History

Happy 32nd Anniversary Creepshow

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Today, November 12th, celebrates the 32nd anniversary of one of my all time favorite films, George A. Romero’s Creepshow. Written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero and featuring an all star cast Creepshow features five “jolting tales of horror” inspired by the old E.C. comics like “Tales From The Crypt” and “The Vault Of Horror”. The film mixes the perfect blend of horror and comedy with portions (like the story “The Lonesome Death Of Jordy Verille”) mixing the perfect blend of camp in as well. When things turn to horror it doesn’t skimp whether it’s grossing us out with some amazing make up effects by Tom Savini or the actual terror of creeping corpses, cockroaches aplenty, or a monster in a crate that scared me so much every dark corner or unopened crate to this day inspires feelings of unease in me. Somehow I convinced my father to […]

Conventions

Walker Stalker Convention

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I went to the first Walker Stalker Convention which is mainly a convention dedicated to the TV series The Walking Dead. I’m a fan of the show but my real desire to go to the convention, at least for one day (I ended up going on Sunday), was to meet two guests specifically. One of the greatest make up effects artists in the industry is Greg Nicotero of KNB Effects who not only supervises the effects of The Walking Dead, and is one of the executive producers, plus has directed several episodes, but has done the effects for so many films over the last 29 years. I have wanted to meet him for the longest time. He started out as a protege of the great Tom Savini. One of his first films assisting Tom was George Romero’s Day Of The Dead. I couldn’t pass the chance to meet him and […]

Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Twenty-Four

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I admit it. I won’t be catching up with these. There were too many amazing things happening this month. I will just speed ahead to the last two for today and tomorrow. So it’ll be just shy of a 31 day movie challenge. But a 25 day movie challenge has a nice ring to it. Right? Er, right? Anyway … onto today’s post! Day Twenty-Four – What is your favorite horror movie of all time? DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) d: George A. Romero It is no surprise if you know me, or have even been reading this blog for awhile, to know that my favorite horror film, and indeed one of my top three favorite films (along with STAR WARS and THE GODFATHER), is George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD. The second film in the series of Romero zombie films is just an amazing film from start to finish. […]

Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day Eight

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And today’s question is: Day Eight – What is your favorite zombie film? DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) d: George A. Romero I have to clarify again that I am trying not to repeat titles. So if one movie fits another question better then I am going with my runner up as is the case here. If you know me then you know what my normal choice would be but that is only because that film will be showing up later and in a more appropriate question for me. That being said, I am not by any means settling on the genius that is ‘Day Of The Dead’. It might be my runner up but it is by no means any slouch in its brilliance. In fact, I saw ‘Day Of The Dead’ before I saw ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ or ‘Dawn Of The Dead’. So it has always […]

Halloween Horror Movie Challenge

Halloween Horror Movie Challenge Day One

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It’s time for another Horror Movie Challenge and what better time than October. As is the case from past ones I try and not repeat titles even if they might fit perfectly for different questions. These are only my opinions. Day One: What is the movie that started your love of horror? CREEPSHOW (1982) d: George A. Romero While I saw other horror films before this it was my fascination with ‘Creepshow’ that began my love of horror. Granted the horror gene was definitely planted in my DNA waiting for something to spark it. But what turned me from a fan into a full blown lover of the genre was the terrifying and creative endeavor which had the stories of Stephen King and the visual style of George Romero. I was enthralled and scared and completely in love. I think being an anthology made it even more fascinating as I […]

Conventions

Flashback Weekend And Wizard World Chicago

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Sorry for the lack of posts but things have been busy. But even then still no excuse so a couple of posts coming. In August I not only had a birthday but not one but two conventions in the same weekend. My main one was Flashback Weekend which is a horror film convention. Across the street from the hotel where it was at is the convention center which had Wizard World. I wasn’t originally going to go to Wizard World (mainly because it is really expensive) but they announced a guest that I could not say no to. One of my idols, Robert Rodriguez. So I went for him. Since I was going for him I figured I should get what I’ve also wanted for a long time now. A picture with the man himself, Stan Lee. Robert Rodriguez was just as amazing as I hoped he would be. He […]