The first clip from the finale of George A Romero's second Dead
trilogy is online, fresh from the Toronto Film Festival!
Here's the Festival's synopsis of Romero's latest gore-drenched satire-'em-up:
In a world where the dead rise to menace the living, rogue soldier Crocket (Alan Van Sprang) leads a band of military dropouts to refuge from the endless chaos. As they search for a place "where the shit won't get you," they meet banished patriarch Patrick O'Flynn (played with zeal by Kenneth Welsh), who promises a new Eden on the fishing and ranching outpost Plum Island. The men arrive, only to find themselves caught in an age-old battle between O'Flynn's family and rival clan the Muldoons. It turns out that Patrick was expelled from the isle for believing that the only good zombie is a dead zombie, while the Muldoons think it's wrong to dispatch afflicted loved ones, attempting to look after their undead kinfolk until a cure is found. But their bid for stability on the homestead has turned perverse: the undead are chained inside their homes, pretending to live normal lives - and the consequences are bloody. A desperate struggle for survival will determine whether the living and the dead can coexist.
Such apocalyptic themes have long haunted George A. Romero, much to the delight of his legions of fans. He now follows Crocket, a minor character from his last film, Diary of the Dead, to present a new doomsday scenario. In that film, Crocket made a brief appearance with his militia to appropriate the heroes' supplies at gunpoint. For Crocket's subsequent journey, Romero does something that most horror directors have neglected to do in recent years - he uses the genre to address societal issues. Romero here creates a world in which he can wrestle with the human condition while simultaneously finding new and creative ways to exterminate lurching flesh eaters.
Romero's name is an iconic one. He created both the modern horror film and the modern zombie with 1968's Night of the Living Dead
before going on to create one of - if not the
- greatest horrors of all time, 1978's Dawn of the Dead
. 1985 brought on Day of the Dead
and in 1990 Romero rewrote his own masterpiece for the Living Dead
remake. 2004 saw the legend finally return for the excellent Land of the Dead
and 2007 saw the release of the opinion-dividing Diary of the Dead
was remade a third time in 2006 (in 3D, starring The Devil's Rejects
' Captain Spaulding, Sid Haig), while Zack Snyder's 2004 re-imagining of Dawn of the Dead
made the director a star. The less said about 2008's Day of the Dead
, or even unofficial knock-off shit fest Day of the Dead 2: Contagium
As Romero's films has grown, so too has his message. He's attacked Vietnam, racism, consumerism, commercialism, capitalism, genetic experimentation, slavery, the roles of genders, the war on terror, the class divide, the media and even filmmaking itself. With Survival
looking to exploit fear and paranoia (something so relevant it's almost uncomfortable) and the clip above showing a decidedly hilarious demise, it's safe to say that Romero isn't slowing down any time soon. Maybe this is the man for the World War Z
gig, eh? Just let him keep making movies until there really is
no more room in hell.