DAY OF THE DEAD
1985, Taurus Entertainment, 96 min, USA, Dir: George A. Romero

In the third installment of George A. Romero’s living-dead saga, the zombies have firmly taken control of the world. Holed up in an underground bunker in Florida, a group of scientists and military men search for a solution to the undead outbreak. But the testing of zombie specimens by Logan (Richard Liberty) causes friction with Rhodes (Joe Pilato, in a tour de force performance), and some of the group, including Sarah (Lori Cardille), begin to think it might be safer outside with the flesh-eaters. Featuring state-of-the-art special effects by Tom Savini and an Academy Award-caliber performance by Howard Sherman as Bub (the zombie with a soul), Romero’s film viciously pulls the guts out of Reagan-era America to show the bloody mess it’s become.


NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
1968, Janus Films, 96 min, USA, Dir: George Romero

Director George Romero’s unqualified masterpiece pits a handful of citizens holed up in a farmhouse against a newly revived horde of flesh-eating zombies. The cast of talented unknowns (headed by Duane Jones) are all alarmingly believable as they fight for life, trying to escape a bad dream that gets uncompromisingly worse and more horrifying as the hours crawl by.


THE DARK HALF
1993, Park Circus/MGM, 122 min, USA, Dir: George A. Romero

Stephen King used a pseudonym to pen some of his bleakest work, a situation that inspired this tale of two authors. When Maine writer Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) decides he’s through using the name “George Stark” to churn out thrillers, he tries to bury his alter ego, but Stark (also played by Hutton) responds with a murderous rampage. Costarring Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker and Julie Harris.


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