Author: Mike Votto

Day of the Dead Remake Coming in 2014

Deadline Hollywood reported last week that a big-screen remake of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead is slated to be made by Millennium Films, specifically Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, who brought us the abysmal Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.  Oh joy.  Let’s see what they have to say about their new version: “‘Contrary to other recent zombie remakes, our Day of the Dead will honor Romero’s original vision by reviving the slow, brooding zombie that terrorized so many of our childhoods,’ Grobman tells Deadline. ‘The trend of the fast, agile, ‘sprinting’ zombie creates a lot of great jump-out-of-your-seat moments, but it doesn’t compare to the psychological...

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The Slow Death of Blockbuster, or Why Do We Settle For An Inferior But More Convenient Option

Alright, woke up to a new day and to a world with 300 less Blockbuster stores.  PC Magazine ran a story today that Dish, who purchased Blockbuster two years ago, is set to put 3,000 people out of work at 300 stores scattered around the country.  I’ve been watching the once-powerful Blockbuster dwindle down to nothing over the past couple of years, and there have been some mixed emotions. On the one hand, this seems like just desserts for how Blockbuster acted when it first started expanding.  They were ruthless in forcing out Mom-and-Pop video shops from communities, and...

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Top Ten Freddy Krueger Kills

So, I stumbled upon this nicely produced YouTube list of the Top Ten Freddy Krueger Kills from the Nightmare on Elm Street series.  View Part One here and then Part Two here. Here’s my opinion on the choices: 10.  Joey’s Death from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 Meh.  Minus the breasts (the Elm Street series was noticeably absent of the slasher genre staple of gratuitous nudity) this one is just alright in my book.  Shouldn’t be on the list. 09.  Coach Schneider’s Death from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 This one is pretty good in the context of this much maligned sequel.  The...

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Through Zombies and Vampires: The Authorship of George A. Romero

The films of George A. Romero are harder to decipher than most – not difficult in cohesiveness like a David Lynch film but veiled in a thick disguise.  Romero’s films are generally loved within horror circles, stemming mainly from his Living Dead series.  Romero’s writing style is based in the horror genre, but his underlying social commentary is the foundation of all his screenplays.  While a typical person can revel in Romero’s horrific excess and be completely enthralled in the unusually terrifying environment, film scholars have decided to lift the masquerade of Romero’s gore and violence to deduce the...

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