Thursday, May 13, 2010

Catching up with George Romero

Kyle, Tony and I had a great time tonight at the San Francisco preview of Survival of the Dead (which thankfully allowed me to maintain my unbroken streak of having seen the last four of Romero's zombie films on the big screen). I've now seen the film three times, and while I still have some issues with the acting and CGI effects, it continues to grow on me.

Following the screening, George Romero participated in a brief Q&A. Between the hard hitting journalistic questions (In the event of a zombie outbreak, would you take off in a hot air balloon or head for the tundra?), I was able to sneak in a quick query about his forthcoming novel, The Living Dead

The Living Dead: The BeginningUnfortunately, despite a July 1, 2010 publication date listed on Amazon, Romero confirmed that he's only about 150 pages into it, and still struggling to find what he wants to say, particularly in today's world where zombies are everywhere - movies, comics, games and soon to be television. He also confirmed that this will not be the aborted web novel (The Death of Death) he started a number of years ago. That was an experiment that Stephen King talked him into - publishing without the need for a publisher. Unfortunately, nobody bought it. (For what it's worth - I did.) So the bad news is we won't have a Romero zombie novel to read this summer. On the bright side, it has not been abandoned, so hopefully we'll eventually see it.

On the movie front, George confirmed he has two more ideas that expand on characters introduced in Diary of the Dead (as Survival does). While Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain, Dawn, Day and Land of the Dead are each owned by different groups (who like the characters in his films, don't get along). Beginning with Diary, Romero owns the characters, and is therefore able to utilize them in future stories. As much as I'd like to see George do more personal films like Martin or Knightriders, I will always welcome additional zombie films from the master.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

They Won't Stay Dead - Night of the Living Dead soundtrack CD

We'll have one more reason to celebrate on May 25th this year - in addition to it being Vonna's birthday and the 33rd anniversary of the release of Star Wars, it is also marks the CD release of the most comprehensive collection of original library tracks used in the making of Night of the Living Dead.

Coming from our friends at Zero Day Releasing, the team behind the excellent Autopsy of the Dead documentary, it's available for pre-order now.

Here's the track listing (using the original library track names - which I think add a nice bit of historical perspective to this collection):

1. Eerie Heavy Echo (L-1204)
2. Night Suspense (JB-33)
3. Heavy Agitato (TC 416)
4. Light Suspense (JB-37)
5. Fateful Fire (TC 151)
6. Dreary Danger (TC 157)
7. Weird Eerie (ZR-87C)
8. Small Disaster (TC 130)
9. Reserved Disaster (TC 127)
10. Space Drama
11. Black Night (TC 155)
12. Shock Suspense
13. Dream
14. The Music Box
15. Mystery Hour
16. Curious Danger (TC 158)
17. Dramatic Eerie (PG 190)
18. Mysterioso (8-ZR-8)
19. Danger In The Night (Take 9)
20. Mysterioso (ZR-68)
21. Emotional Bridge
22. Somber Emotional (L-33)
23. Punch Disaster (TC 132)
24. Attack at the Window (Medley)
25. Shock/Stormy
26. Acoustic Space Station (Take 8)
27. Weird Suspense
28. Mysterioso (ZR-65)
29. Mysterioso (ZR-9)
30. Serene Heart (TC-306)
31. Tension (TC 402)
32. Sting 44 (TC 344)/Sting 27 (TC 329)
33. Fire (JB-28)
34. Chase (ZR-62)
35. Heavy Dramatic (CB 16B)
36. Heavy Dramatic (CB 54)
37. Heavy Dramatic (CB 15A)
38. Heavy Dramatic (CB 15B)
39. Eerie Heavy Echo (L-1216)
40. Eerie Heavy Echo (L-1214)