In Remembrance: Romero Classics Revisited
The news of Romero's passing left a void in the film community and the hearts of avid horror fans alike. Having made his mark in film history with his Dead trilogy, the man had a punk rock attitude when it came to crafting a film. He broke the rules and only cared about making a great picture, which showed through his art. Though the magic of his earlier works didn't carry over as much into the later films he was involved with, there's still quite a bit to be enjoyed from delving into his filmography. Not only are they still enjoyable but influential as well on the work of film makers that came after him, even to this day. If you're like us then you may have felt the need to go back and revisit some of these works and though you might just as easily find them on iMDB, we've got some suggestions of our own.
1. The Crazies (1973) Written and directed by Romero, it failed at the box office during its original release but has since become a cult classic. The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.
2. Martin (1978) Claimed a favorite of all his films by Romero himself, this film follows Young Martin (John Amplas) who is entirely convinced that he is an 84-year-old blood-sucking vampire. Without fangs or mystical powers, Martin injects women with sedatives and drinks their blood through wounds inflicted with razor blades.. This was the first collaboration of many between him and special effects maestro Tom Savini.
3. The Dark Half (1993) Based off the Stephen King book of the same name, the film centers around a writer (of course) who's alter ego begins taking over his life in violent and twisted ways. Featuring a young Michael Rooker and Timothy Hutton playing the main protagonist as well as his evil alter ego, Romero's adaption holds up and is perhaps one of his more overlooked.
4. Creepshow (1982) I don't think much needs to be said about this classic anthology featuring some great practical effects, outrageously campy performances and a soundtrack that could only have been a product of the 80's.
5. Day Of The Dead (1985) Last on our list is my favorite of the Dead trilogy and also regarded by Romero as his own fav of the three. Tom Savini's work on the effects will make you wonder how they were able to pull off so much. The brooding sense of dread and some iconic character moments always leaves me to wonder why this film doesn't get as much love as it's predecessors.