It may be hard to believe, but Zombies were not always the result of a nuclear accident, virus or plague. Back in the day, all it took to raise an army of Flesh-Eaters was an evil spell!
In 1974 an 87 minute gore-fest about a bunch of teenagers who go to a remote island and use a satanic ritual to raise the dead was shot for right around $70,000. These days, that kind of budget is chump change! (Gotta love inflation!) The film was called Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, but underground (pun intended) the film also was known as Revenge of the Living Dead, and it’s Italian title was The Siege of the Living Dead!
George A. Romero: The Godfather of the Modern Zombie
Let’s be perfectly clear: Romero didn’t make Zombie Movies. Romero made THE Zombie movies! Romero made movies that are so wicked they got remade a decade or two later, and were just as wicked! Epic Classics like Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and The Crazies were just a few of the Zombie Masterpieces of Romero’s impressive resume.
Turns out Romero is ready to change his style a bit and stray away from the “…of the Living Dead” series for a while to direct the Fangoria produced remake of Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things.
That’s not all, Practical Effects Wizard Tom Savini has also signed on to the project, which is great news for horror fans. You may remember Savini from his work on the 90′s remake of Night of the Living Dead and his many cameos in horror films through out the years.
This is good news for Zombie fans out there for a few reasons:
- Let’s face it, the last few “…of the Dead” movies have not been up to par with what we expect from THE GEORGE A. ROMERO
- Savini is a genius and everything he touches is gold
- The budget will surely be more than $70,000!
Tell us your thoughts below! What are you expecting, successful mastery or fantastic flop?