George A. Romero’s Lost Movie ‘The Amusement Park’ Has Been Restored and Will Be Released Online This Summer | Culture

Image from 'The Amusement Park', by George A. Romero
Image from ‘The Amusement Park’, by George A. Romero

An old man prepares for a normal day at an amusement park … soon to turn into a brutal nightmare. With that synopsis he has launched la web Shudder, specialized in fantasy and horror films, the trailer for The Amusement Park, the 1973 horror film directed by George A. Romero (director of The night of the Living Dead), and that it disappeared when the producers decided to withdraw it as outrageous. Three years ago Daniel Kraus, An expert in the horror genre, writer and collaborator of Guillermo del Toro, he found it; and this Thursday its trailer was released from Shudder and its premiere was announced for this summer … although only in the US The film has been restored and digitized in 4K.

You have to go back to 1973 to understand why the film disappeared, which lasts 53 minutes, and that only some critics were able to see at the time. An organization called the Lutheran Society wanted to produce a film on elder abuse, a title that would raise awareness about elder abuse. And he hired Romero, who was already popular thanks to The night of the Living Dead O Witch station and had a release pending The Crazies. Come on, it was a mainstay of the new horror cinema. The director accepted the assignment. As the protagonist, singer Lincoln Maazel (the father of conductor Lorin Maazel), who played, according to Kraus, “a disoriented and isolated older man as the humiliations of aging America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds.” The expert in the horror genre could see a first montage three years ago: “It’s infernal. In Romero’s long tradition of criticizing American institutions, he was never so merciless. “

Lincoln Maazel (left) and George A. Romero, on the set of 'The Amusement Park'.
Lincoln Maazel (left) and George A. Romero, on the set of ‘The Amusement Park’.

The allegory caused a gnashing of teeth at the Lutheran Society, which hid the film. For his widow, Susanne Desrocher-Romero, “it’s George’s scariest movie. Romero’s footprint is in all his images ”. The Amusement Park It has been restored by Indie Collect under the supervision of the George A. Romero Foundation, which sold the distribution rights to Yellow Veil Pictures. Finally, it will be this one who premieres the film on the Shudder platform. By the way, Romero was delighted with Maazel and together they repeated in Martin (1977). While this premiere is being announced, Desrocher-Romero has confirmed that the search for a director is continuing to Twilight of the Dead, one of her husband’s unpublished scripts, with which the saga of the undead would close.

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