Friday, October 5, 2007

Dead Reckoning

George Romero has another zombie flick due to hit movie theaters sometime this year, but unlike his previous zombieverse films (1968's Night of the Living Dead, 1978's Dawn of the Dead, 1985's Day of the Dead and 2005's Land of the Dead) this time he is basically rebooting the franchise. The characters in the upcoming Diary of the Dead will not have any awareness of the zombie plague until they are actually assaulted by the living dead, and they will also have to "painfully" relearn how to properly slay the beasts. In addition the premise has a group of film school students out in the boonies making their own class film, when they opt to document the rise of the newly undead.

I've always appreciated the subtle social, political and cultural undercurrents and satire that Romero infuses into his horror movies with, so I am looking forward to seeing this one.

Maybe it will make it out in time for Halloween (or shortly thereafter).
Trivia: Dead Reckoning was the original working title for 2005's Land of the Dead. In the film, that was the nickname of the tanklike urban assault vehicle that the denizens of Fiddlers Green used to scour the countryside for supplies.

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