Land Of The Dead

George Romero’s “Night Of The Living Dead” (1968) is one of the most beautiful cinematic commentaries of Vietnam and of the American civil rights movement. It’s also considered to be the first modern horror film.

George Romero’s “Dawn Of The Dead” (1978) is highly fascinating and unsettling, intelligent, complex and polyvalent in its social critique.

Titled “Zombie” in its German release, Dawn Of The Dead is piece of cinematic history knowing no equal. It’s the best Zombie-movie of all time. One of the best films of the 20th century. Period.

But “Day Of The Dead” (1985), too, is a nightmarish film without compromise, despite daft screw-ups by the production company. Fittingly, it came out a year after Ronald Reagan’s re-election into second term.

20 years after “Day Of The Dead”, George Romero is back with the fourth part in his Dead-Series. “Land Of The Dead” is also a statement – about post-911-USA.

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According to the press-sheet, the movie tells the story of a world ruled by the undead. The last human survivors “live” in the now isolated city of Pittsburgh, a city wrestled by chaos in which wild street-battles dominate daily life. Slowly and bit by bit, humans discover that the undead aren’t as numb as they were assuming at first. Or could it even be that they have a capacity to learn?

We are reserving tickets for June 24, the opening day.

ArcLight Cinema, yeah!

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8 Replies to “Land Of The Dead”

  1. So I finally went to Arclight. That has to be the absolute worst cinema I have ever been to. The screen was nice, but the entire surroundings, staff shortfalls, and other completely anti-customer attitude made it into the single worst movie experience I’ve ever had. I will not return there again.

  2. Those are very succinct and adept descriptions of each movie. I’m not a fan of “Day,” but having seen “Land,” I can definitely say that I loved it and think Romero and his “Dead” series have returned to form.

  3. Yeah, that’s why I go see zombie flicks for their complexity and polyvalence (?). “Shaun of the Dead’s” polyvalenity was off the freakin’ chain.

    Chow down on their socio/political relevance all you want, when I see a Romero flick I just wanna get the crap scared outta me seeing undead things eating soon to be undead things.

  4. >Chow down on their socio/political relevance all you want, when I see a
    >Romero flick I just wanna get the crap scared outta me seeing undead things eating soon to be undead things.

    But that’s exactly what’s so genius about Romero’s zombie films. They manage to be both socially/politically relevent AND filled with undead creatures of the night eating instestines. I don’t think most people can pull that off.

  5. And easy on the hyperbole there Todd, if that’s the absolute worst cinema that you have ever been to, then you haven’t been to many cinemas. You may not have liked it as much as your usual haunt, but I can guarantee there are plenty of worse theater experiences out there.

  6. >when I see a Romero flick I just wanna get the crap scared >outta me seeing undead things eating soon to be undead >things.

    Amen brother! Preachiness of Romero aside, the really great part of his movies is the survival aspect, the questioning of if you could do better than those on the screen.

    And to 5000! I have been to many cinemas in my day, and, though the Arclight is pretty, and the screens and sound is very good, the experience with the staff was what made it unenjoyable. And I can throw the hyperbole, as in my experience, this was the theater I’m least likely to go back to, even compared to the scratched screen, mono-sound Senatobia 4 in Senatobia, MS.

  7. “But that’s exactly what’s so genius about Romero’s zombie films. They manage to be both socially/politically relevent AND filled with undead creatures of the night eating instestines.”

    Exactly 5000! If you’ll reread my statement, I’m not comdemning whatever relevance people search for and find in Romero’s works. I’m just saying Johannes can go his way and I’ll go mine: BRRRRRAAAINS! Different strokes for different folks, that’s all.

    And thank you to Johannes for making me crack the dictionary and look up my new Term of the Day: Polyvalence. WORD!

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