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    Wasn't expecting this - was still tinkering on what to write next.

    Then this happens.



    Actor Joseph Pilato has died, he was seventy.

    March 16th, 1949 - March 24th, 2019

    He died peacefully in his sleep like director, George A. Romero; cause of death is (currently) unknown.

    News of his demise was announced by actor Marty Schiff on his Facebook page...

    It is with great sadness that I inform you that actor and old friend Joseph 'Joe' Pilato passed away quietly in his sleep last night. Rest in Peace, Joe.
    - posted on March 25th

    Schiff by the way played "Motorcycle Raider" in "Dawn Of The Dead" (1978). That was Pilato very first movie.



    Pilato had a bit part as "Skipper" in the '78 film. His appearance is mostly edited out of the theatrical cut (only in a single long shot) and deleted entirely from the Dario Argento version - "Zombi". It only (officially) exist in the Extended Cut, a.k.a. the Cannes Film Festival version.

    I say 'officially' since his role, all of it can be seen the bootleg endeavor, "Extended Mall Hours" cut which combined Argento and Cannes cuts (theatrical was edited from the Cannes version).

    There is an sub entry for that - for more info, click here.

    By the way, that extra gun was pointed at Stephen "Flyboy" Andrews (David Emge), not Pilato's character; a bit off camera.

    The actor had for the most part retired, but did do the horror convention circuit. When he was acting, Pilato had done several genre features; "Knightriders", "Alienator", "The Demolitionist", "Wishmaster", "Empire Of The Dark" and "Effects".

    While researching for this post, discovered at one time the actor wanted to be a lawyer in the 1970s. And something hit me.

    In strange coincidence, he would begin and end his career within the Romero undead universe.



    As mentioned above, "Dawn" was his first feature. His last movie was as a voice actor in the 3D animated feature, "Night Of The Living Dead: Darkest Dawn" as Harry Cooper, the role done by Karl Hardman in the original 1968 film.

    "Darkest Dawn" was a previous Retrospective entry; click here for Part I, Part II and Part III.

    His '78 film credit isn't Skipper, but "Officer At Police Dock".

    It is his death scene in "George A. Romeo's Day Of The Dead" (1985) as Captain Henry Rhodes which became legendary for its gore (practical effects), replicated to various degrees in zombie flicks around the world. Still in the imagination of fans to this day.

    The other bit - epiphany?



    While doing the image work (somewhat of a rush job; found out hours ago). It occurred to me that actor Joe Keery (from "Stranger Things" as Steve Harrington) kinda looks like a younger version of Pilato.

    Yeah, we lost another horror icon. Rest in peace.
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    PART I: THE 1968 CLASSIC - S

    Heat is tangible, the image before you is distorted; simmers, curls and bakes. If you had an egg, you could cook it on the asphalt. It's that damn hot and this is only June. This would be the time to migrate to cooler locales. You need some wheels, hell even a bicycle will do.

    Few trees line on the side of the road and no abandoned cars. This is was a scenic route.

    There is a reprieve. In the distance you hear a stream, running water - cool water, magnificent. Homing on the sound after a few minutes you come across the source. A little piece of heaven all to yourself.

    A careful scan of the area show it free of zeds or anyone else. This would make a great time to give your clothes a quick wash and hot enough to dry it rather quick on some low hanging branches.

    You strip nude and give all the particulars a good wash in the creek. You can see dust and dirt coming off your duds. This has been a long time coming.

    A moment later after hanging them, you drop in - neck high in the succulence. This is how you want to spend the afternoon. Just chillin'... literally. Eyes close to let it all in; sounds and crisp smells of the water.

    The smells... smells?

    An odor comes lingering in - faint at first, but quite unmistakable, decaying flesh. And more distinct from the heat wave. But where? You can't see him or her from the vantage of the waters. Is it more than one?

    This could be very bad. Nude, no weapons near you and blind to the threat. The only thing you can do is hope and wait for it to wander away. Silence is your only weapon. Birds have now gone mute. From nearby, dragging feet is heard.

    And that's when it was seen. Across from you on the other side of the creek it comes. From the general appearance this former guy was auto mechanic. It has part of his throat missing (strands of skin still hanging) and long stained overalls. It sees you, but is puzzled? Are you alive, perhaps? It gives out a minor moan, but you remain still. It waddles closer to you. Still not moving.

    The dead man stops, head slightly tilted, like that old RCA dog. Still not moving. Another light moan. Nothing. Maybe it thinks you're a fallen statute or even a printed billboard in the water. Yet again, another minor moan. Another few steps forward.

    Still you remain ridged.

    It pauses for a minute then hears a scurry to its right - a deer who saw the danger, flees. The zombie knows fresh meat and attempts to follow 'living' prey. It waddles again now towards the deer's previous location, tries to satisfy unholy hunger.

    A short moment later - alone once more. Not gonna play this again. You were damn lucky.

    Clothes are mostly dry and put away in your backpack and on your person. You reach in the creek to refill your empty plastic bottles. Time return back to the road. Back to the scorcher. You need portable shade, you need an umbrella.

    It's been awhile since the last post. Too long, but hardly forgotten. It is a never ending quest for stuff about and related to "Night". Getting lost online I find yet another... particular.

    This isn't on the Romero film - at all. But what appears to be an homage for a different purpose.

    I came across the autobiography of Kerry Cohen who's youth was marred by lack of structure and longing for attention - any kind of attention. Sex does not equal love. Considering the nature of the memoir - this could've been a very deliberate cover image - dead on the inside (at the time).



    This is the book, "Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity". Released on May 1st, 2008 from Hyperion (ISBN# 978-1401303495) for $21.95. The hardback is two hundred-ten pages long.

    The dimensions are 6.1 x 9.2 inches. Was later released on paperback.

    For everyone who was that girl. For everyone who knew that girl. For everyone who wondered who that girl was.
    - Cohen

    Dark and honest autobiography about Cohen's youth. Bad decisions, various vices and addictions; including STD scares and more.



    Doesn't that cover look very familiar - even quite iconic? Say a little dead girl who ended up consuming her mom.

    When I first saw the Cohen cover I thought the girl on the cover was dead - her eye milked up. Then again, I saw it in a poor res. Nah, her eyes are closed, head pointed down a bit. For the effect, just look away from that pix. She looks sinister. That image above was cleaned up - even the photos online were crap. Did a good job on what was available. Before you ask...

    I do no own this book or the book on CD set.

    Seven discs; unabridged - read by Cynthia Halloway. Out of print from Tantor; sold for $29.99. Released on June 17th, 2008. 8.5 hours long.



    Digging deeper, discovered the cover girl image was also repurposed for another book; "Raw Blue" by Kiristy Eagar in 2009. The story about a surfer girl, Carly (nineteen) who want to be alone - working just enough to get by. But she can't play forever.

    It's a young adult novel. Also do not own this book.

    As you can see they took some liberties to the picture. A tank top was photoshopped on her, no more just black lacy bra.

    The above was the Australian cover, the author is Australian by the way.



    The cover image was different for the North American release.

    There you go. Not the best of "Night" content, but this will have to do for now. Gotta love the fact that horror movie touched so many people; nearly fifty-one years later and still being felt. Will post again, soon.

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    PART I: THE 1968 CLASSIC - T

    You had seen it done numerous times in the movies and on TV, hell even on an episode of "Gilligan's Island" - making a raft out of chopped down trees, bound together, not nailed. Doing it was something that was more of an excuse to waste time - like you had better things to do.

    The lake was huge.

    Getting to the other side was like trying to outrun a sunset. Just too big. After making sure to craft the floater with as little noise as possible since you were out in the open - you made this old timey river transport in a couple of days. Took some trial and errors, but after awhile it made sense.

    A extra long shaft was made by binding several times over three thick, semi-straight branches. This will work. Pushing yourself across the mostly still waters across the bottom by the pole.

    Something that wasn't in those features and television examples. Them log rafts are damn heavy and should be crafted NEAR the water. Ended up pulling the wooden non-contraption to the shore and into the lake until it floated. Heavy breathing, exhausted.

    And there you laid on the raft, plumb tired. The day was quite overcast, no real worries about a heat stroke or a sun tan. Just time to rest and admire your efforts. After half an hour of drifting about, you stand up and nearly fell off.

    Attempt number two.

    This time, a better stance, up on both feet with pole. The lake bottom was deep, but not too deep to have a good chunk of the stick above water for pushing. Yeah, this is gonna take some time. Push and move, push and move. Push and move. Push and pulled.

    Pulled?

    Blood turned ice cold. Something you never considered when you make this venture. What if there's something... down there. The stick is pulled again. The best option is to not pull it up. The pole may bring up something other that dripping water.

    A quick glance down though the semi-clear water is the stuff of aquatic nightmares. Dozens of them on the bottom all looking with decaying eyes back at you. Seeing an opportunity, you yank that pole as hard as you can; free and undeadered. The stick is back on the raft.

    Oh damn! White on white, translucence black cape; tattered and waving below the surface. One of them is wearing a friggin' cape! It is quite true - Bela Lugosi's dead.

    After awhile they fail to surface. Something is keeping them down, not really neutral-buoyancy. More like hovering a couple inches off the bottom. This would explain why there was no dead anywhere near the lake, they had dived in. Why?

    Why not just kinda - float back on shore and walk off? Serious questions with no answers. Or answers ever. What to do now? Stuck on it. The only solution, crappy as it is - there is a current, it's pushing you down the lake... which is where you wanted to go anyway, but on the other side. Nothing left to do than just lay down and be super quiet.

    Thoughts drifted about making a break and swimming to shore - either side would do. But it's now a distance away. When you get there, should you not get bitten or infected from scratches - you will be drained. Too tired to now RUN from either those undead under the water who made it back on land or from any zeds from the nearby woods who heard all the ruckus you made getting back on soil.

    No. This isn't happening. What you can do is hope, hope they don't follow you all the way back to terra firma. If they do, maybe they no longer have land-legs; rotted down to the bone.

    Maybe.

    So there you lay - thinking. What if there were piranhas in the lake? If they ate the undead, would they become Zombie-Piranhas? That's a movie starring Tara Reid as Dr. Scientist, before you could give a chuckle...

    You heard a splash. Pardon? Where? Another good question. And once again, splash. Damn, this is turning into a seriously bad day.

    It's been some time since the last entry. I have a small addition and a horror compilation DVD set mentioned. Plus genuine news - a serious update. Sway!



    So what is today's dance? We have a Blu-Ray steelbook from the United Kingdom, out of print - released from the Zavvi's website. It streeted on September 28th, 2015. A limited edition of 2,000 copies for £26.99.

    It had a single extra, carried over from Genius Products 2008 release of 1968's "40th Anniversary Edition". The excellent documentary, "One For The Fire: The Legacy Of 'Night Of The Living Dead'". That's it.

    The BD is a locked region B title (UPC# 5-055201-829801). And is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio, 2.0 mono.

    Wait for it...

    Wait.

    They made it widescreen. Chopping off the top and bottom to fit and more than likely utilizing pan to scan to make the action centered. *head shakes*



    See that? Even dead are choking from the B.S. (image not from Zavvi release).

    Yeah. So... it's crap. The film was never widescreen, EVER. It was made full screen, the only film stock they could get their hands on. As I understand, this was remastered as it were from a public domain print. And it gets better!

    You notice something above in that cover image?

    That's not some kind of distortion, nope. What is it? Creases, you read right. You see the person(s) who made this cover just downloaded a crease covered poster picture and mod it for the steelbook print.

    Everybody is ticked off by how lazy they were in making the cover. They didn't even bother to create new artwork. The mindset of 'good enough' is good enough. Yup.

    - - -

    Normally I don't include compilation sets. Far, far too many of them. The reason I'm doing is two folded.

    1) This is rather short entry. 2) I like the cover artwork. Yeah, that simple, caught my fancy, basic and gets it done.



    "Box Of Monsters: 11 - Movie Collection" DVD set streeted on June 12th, 2017 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for $23.98. UPC# is 0-43396-51182-8. No slipcover was issued. Can't say if this came with an insert. But I'm gonna say no since the back cover has film synopsises.

    Came in a standard DVD case. The set has more than sixteen hours of horror entertainment. These titles are:

    "Bats" (1999)

    "The Blob" (1989)

    "Chupacabra Terror" (2005)

    "The Dark" (2005)

    "Death Tunnel" (2005)

    "Decoys" (2004)

    "The Devil's Chair" (2007)

    "Frankenfish" (2004)

    "Lake Placid: The Final Chapter" (2012)

    "Loch Ness Terror" (2008)

    "Night Of The Living Dead" (1990)

    As far as I can tell from researching - no extra features are included. These are all Sony owned flicks. A six disc set. No remastering at all; a horror theme compendium - nothing more. I would recommend just buying NOTLD 1990 by itself, that release has bonus features (on the topic of "Night").

    And now the update.

    I have ordered the Sean Abley adaptation of the 1968 public domain film. You may recalled I did the book review for the Christopher Andrews novel back on April 27th, 2017. It was a long write-up.



    Now you're getting the second unofficial novelization... for October. As expected, it will be detailed. And more than likely broken up into parts.

    Like I would allow a Halloween to go by without some classic zombies. *wink*

    See you back here on October 3rd, 2019 for 'Night Of The Living Text' 2.0 or so. Sometimes the mail just is late. Beyond my hands.

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    PART IV: BOOKS - A6 P1

    The raft had drifted for some time. The splashes were very erratic and petty much amounted to noise, not long enough to really pinpoint - as you were laying on your back. Like one or a couple of the dead made an effort to swim or waddle up to the surface, made a minor disturbance - nothing to grab or latch onto and got swallowed back to the depths.

    There was nothing more to do than just ride it out. Hours later, you gave a gentle rise, sitting up trying to make a little noise as possible. It's now becoming sunset. A slow turn behind, you see a dock. Turns out these hours had pushed you along near the other side of the shore.

    The tiny wooden pier was close enough to risk it; daylight is snuffing out. Too much of a danger to go in the dark to unknown parts on water. While highly unlikely... what if there's a waterfall you can't see? Risk it!

    You get proper footing, a solid stance and shove that poll into the water, trying to make it your b!tch. Push and move. Push and move. Push and move. Push and move. Push and move. Push and move. Push and move!

    Faster. The raft is in motion - going where you want. Then once again - push and pulled. They're under you once more. You can't pull the poll up, that will bring deadly baggage. You let go and watch as it gets pulled under. All you have now is the momentum you made. It's coming.

    But not close enough. You have to make a jump, leap onto that pier while the distance is... well, kinda reasonable. Fall down, get hurt - you die; beyond a ton of splinters. No time to think, DO!

    You gave as much of a sprint that was possible, airborne. Legs pulled up as far as they could. Only at this very moment a thought popped in your head, a what if. What if you make it, but break a leg or foot? No real time to consider that.

    Down.

    It was a hard tumble, but your backpack had taken most of the impact. A roll you turned into a run. Running down the dock and into the forrest. After some seconds, you turned around to see the raft being pawed at, still drifting. Now a distance away from the pier. They still think you're on the raft? GOOD.

    You catch your breath and hear a crack in the distance of the forrest, broken branch. Really? From one fire pit to another. And it's getting dark too. Can't go back to the water. To make matters worse, you still have yet to sleep. The only thing to do - be diligent and silent. Another crack is heard. The same zed? Or a second one?

    You're gonna find out soon enough.

    Let me say, this book was received on September 11th of this year (bought off eBay), but was such a chore to finish. That didn't happen until October 11th, 2019. ONE month to read. It was such a pain, felt like I was back in high school having to do a book report on a title I have zero interest in. Read bit here and a bit there - concluded.

    Some stats before we continue.



    "Night Of The Living Dead" by Sean Abley was released on October 10th, 2016 from Dark Blue Things (ISBN# 0-692-77603-6) for $11.99. And is out of print since the company no longer exists. Yeah.

    The softback is one hundred eighty-three pages long. The dimensions are 5.1 x 7.8 inches, but is rather thin.

    The cover image is credited to Abley which was him taking a famous film still, turning it into a negative image, slap on text - done! Probably the mostly lazy cover I've seen in some time. Which pretty much foreshadows the print inside.

    I have a first edition.

    - - -

    NOTES/REVIEW

    Man, this was a waste of time and of my money. There is nothing of any real consequence to be gained from this novel.

    I took a bullet for you guys. Just stay away from it, believe me. Spend money on porn or fast food, you'll get a better joy from it.



    Hey! You want a good novel that expands the universe in the classic 1968 film - seek out and buy the Christopher Andrews adaptation (above). Well worth the effort and greenbacks. He took the writing endeavor as a challenge to fill in blanks and resolve some plot points. NOT just pop in the DVD and type out what's happening on screen - 'I is a writer!'. What the hell?

    You can read my three part review of Andrews' book - starting here.

    It's like Abley's book was written for pretentious hipsters who don't like films, only publications. But don't want to be left out of a "Night" conversation. So this exist for them. Oh joy.

    The book follow the movie and not much else - which is the damn problem.

    We learn one tiny bit on Barbara and Johnny.



    [quote]Years ago, in one of his crueler moments Johnny suggested roots from the tree were probably slowly growing into their father's coffin. The resulting gruesome mental picture - tree roots piercing through the walls of the casket into her father's face - was forever forcing its way into her mind. On cue, the macabre image popped again as she approached the grave, but this time the roots burrowed even farther into her father's corpse, leaving him unrecognizable.[quote]
    That's it? Yup.

    So what background info did we learn?

    Barbara and Johnny, minus the above - just the events in the movie.

    Tom and Judy - just the events in the movie.

    The Coopers, what happened to them and how they ran into Tom and Judy? Movie only info.

    Ben and his experience at Beekman's Diner - the movie.

    What was the point here Abley? The stuff you added was so minor it could be cut out without anybody noticing their absence. And why are these chapters are so tiny, three or two pages long? Some are one and a half pages long.

    So what was added?

    This is in no particular order...



    We learn about the ghouls who approached the farm house, who they were. This chapter is titled "Intermission". He names the nude dead woman as "Jennifer Donahue" who worked at Beekman's, but hadn't been to work in days. The angry manager was about to call the cops on her to find out why she wasn't at work when the apocalypse happened.

    The coroner tag on her wrist, Primrose County Morgue; DOD: 9/14/68; Cause Of Death: Asphyxiation. She die from a suicide??? No further info. But here's the thing, this is known.

    There is a promo image of the nude woman with tag (side view). Her zombie character name is "Carole Smythe", case number "#40916". This isn't hard to find, it's on the net. There is a second picture of her from the front; behind-the-scenes pix. Yes nude, but not an attractive woman - noted for having one of the zombie cast checking her out. Yes dude we see you lookin' at her. Bug eating, undead Marilyn Eastman is in the background in her tattered moo-moo.

    Anyhow, this bothered the hell out of me. The author gives some names and their past lives, but not enough details to be of any value. Like... HOW DID THEY DIE? Did they die from bad luck/fate or at the hand and mouths of the undead? This would be expanding on the story, giving a broader scope of the epidemic. No, not here. Just skimmed the surface as if that's more than enough. No sir, that is not enough. No.

    Then we get into this mess; a massive error in the finale where Abley actually ditched canon. *face palm*

    I'll get into that in a few.

    We get a tiny bit on Barbara - she was concerned that the man at the cemetery had friends at the farmhouse and would try to get her too. No real reason given. She discovers some kind of struggle had happened in the home. At this moment she was quote proactive and cautious to remain silent, then snapped because she was physically and emotionally drained.

    For the rest of the book, Barbara thinks she's the center of the universe. Everybody is trying to murder her - this is no joke, her character her really does believe this.
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    PART IV: BOOKS - A6 P2

    The first zed who entered from the back door; when it was just known as Barbara and Ben - was murdered, had his throat slashed. No more details. Again WTF? Why even bring it up with zero background. One more sentence would've completed the info - 'he was a victim of a mugging.'

    Tom knew the man who pawed through the wood planks in the kitchen, the one who got fingers cut off by the big knife. And both young couple knew the cemetery zed, "Ted Shiner". He was a teacher from the local high school. Two days earlier he was at the cemetery for a funeral and was the last to leave - that's all we get.

    Again, what the hell? You give this set-up for something - and nothing happens at all. How did he die? Couldn't be bothered to write it down?

    As I've been saying, so much filler.

    Helen looking at the catatonic Barbara and wondering if the sights she had seen would be same for Karen. The little girl saw a lot of terrible things that night. Will she be like the woman on the couch, later in life? Now that part did add to the story. Wish there was more actions have consequences thinking.

    Did like the other bit on Helen; when she finds out (to her shock) about the radio upstairs that Harry had closed them to it...

    "Take the boards off that door." She rarely demanded anything from him, but this was not a request.
    Another error is not including the full radio news broadcast. We get parts omitted. Such as this, VITAL piece which has been mentioned in this retrospective...

    The whole ghastly story began developing two days ago with a report of a slaying of a family of seven in their rural home near Gallpark, Louisiana. Since then, reports of senseless killings began snowballing in a reign of terror which has hopscotched in an erratic disconnected pattern throughout much of the eastern and midwestern United States.
    - radio announcer

    That's damn important!

    We get a two page chapter on the ghouls and their former identities at they eat the charred remains of Judy and Tom in the truck. "Intermission II", joy.

    Near the end - when the posse is shooting/cleaning out the dead, there is that single ghoul who got shot in the back of his head and grabbed his face. That part did break continuity. Anyhow, he's presented as "Michael Crane", former maître d' at the only good steakhouse in Evans, Pennsylvania.

    You get the picture. Bits of tiny stuff that are pretty much just throwaways.

    So what was the other big error? Ben's death.

    Ben's body on the bonfire. As pointed out in HIS novel, Ben was shot in the head, brains blown. Yet...

    On the pyre as it was catching fire, Ben was resurrecting. I quote Abley...

    The thing had been Ben awoke to a stage that approached consciousness. Something that might have passed for a thought began to form in its brain: So Hungry... Must Feed... But even that primitive thought was obliterated as the intense heat turned Ben's brain into a syrupy liquid that quickly began to boil away.
    This is in the book. Did he NOT see the movie that he transcribed?

    Head shots or a blunt instrument - destroy the brain and they fully die. No getting back up, ever.

    What really sucks, I had been wanting this book since getting and reading the Andrews adaptation. 'I bet this one is gonna be just as good.' No.

    No it's not. Just an overall waste for everybody; characters and the reader too. Could've bought a crappy public domain copy of "Night" and would've gotten the same experience. Man, I wanted to give you guys a cool Halloween entry.

    I'm sorry. In the end - this book review is a warning.

    - - -

    Did I learn anything?

    Yes. Yes I did. Something that didn't register all these decades until that Friday. I know George A. Romero put himself in the movie, a bit part - the aggressive reporter in Washington DC; trying to get quotes about the strange radiation from the Venus Probe - possible connection to the situation.



    He's newsman Don Quinn. That part did make me smile. I'm still learning stuff after all these years. 'Hello Don, I now know you.'

    Above is a behind-the-scenes pix, Romero 'Don' is the one with the mic.

    - - -

    Can't keep them down. Even on the stage.



    Going on right now; from October 4th through November 10th on the main stage of at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood, California. General admission is twenty-five dollars. Seniors and students with ID is twenty. 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

    There is no intermission on the roughly eighty-five minute production.

    Seek online for show times; there are special performances, matinees and regular performances. Can't say if this is set in '68 or in the present. This was put together by The Group Rep based on a script adaptation by Gus Krieger. Produced by Larry Eisenberg and directed by Drina Durazo.

    In Night of the Living Dead, as a mysterious pandemic emerges and quickly spreads, seven strangers barricade themselves within a Pennsylvania farmhouse, attempting to escape the swarms of bloodthirsty, flesh-eating ghouls now ravaging the countryside. Beset by the walking dead outside, and ever-rising interpersonal tensions within, the group begins their desperate attempt to survive the longest night of their lives. A harrowing new adaptation of the classic film, "Night of the Living Dead" remains an incisive and terrifying exploration of human nature and the demons that plague us both inside and out.
    - press release

    I have a cast list, but not who's playing who, so I won't list them.



    That's it folks for now. There is another book adaptation, but it's a film script published - hoping to get made. "Night Of The Living Dead: 2014 Screenplay" by Jimmy Edmonds released by The Creative Stock Market.

    Barbara and her brother Johnny drive to the countryside to visit the gravestone of their late father when Johnny is brutally murdered by a mindless old man. The murderer then turns to Barbara who manages to hide in a small farmhouse where she meets Joe and a few others who are hiding from what appears to be an attack on the living. The dead keep coming back in a bloodthirsty lust for human flesh!

    This is a 2014 edition of the original screenplay written by George A. Romero and John A. Russo. It was rewritten, edited, modernized and formatted by Jimmy Edmonds.
    - press release

    Considering how much I loathed Sean Abley's work. I don't know if I want to try again. That screenplay could be crap on a cracker. I suppose it really depends on how much it cost. If it's cheap enough, might bite. Maybe.

    They start in his suggested direction. John is trying to catch up with Barbara.

    John: Why are you walking so fast?

    Barbara: (Looking ahead, trying to spot the gave) Hmmm?

    John: What's the hurry?

    Barbara: You've been bitching the whole way here about how this trip is a waste of time, and now that we're here, you walk like a snail.

    John: Whatever.

    Their jibes at each other are not really in anger, but are the typical of brother-sister annoyance. They walk through the row of gravestones in the growing darkness. Barbara pulls out her iPhone and uses it as a flashlight to read the names on the stones.
    - screenplay excerpt

    Not helping is Edmonds renaming the iconic characters. Ben becomes Joe. Can imagine other names changed. Joy.



    What really needs to happen is the Andrews book re-released with a far better cover. The original image is garbage. I would stay away from a movie still and use artwork. Like the above examples; DVD covers from a public domain print. Terrible looking transfer, but excellent covers. Or even a variant to the official novel, paperback by John Russo, cover art (above, far right). That's a great picture! They want inside to get you.

    Save a safe and fun Halloween. And "Night' on your cue on the 31st; 1968 or 1990 both are equally good. See you later.

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