With the release date of George Romero's Land of the Dead creeping ever closer (June 24th in the US - still not definite release date in the UK!), news is seemingly popping up on every site every day. With that in mind, here's a round-up of all the latest news on the film from the last week.
Website The official website for the film (www.landofthedeadmovie.net/) has now gone live, including a chance to join the Zombie Army, several downloads, trailers, and more. There will also be a game and several clips coming soon.
TV Spots Two TV trailers (one 30 secs and one 15 secs) have appeared over at www.themoviebox.net, offering more glimpses of zombie action.
Review Aintitcool have published the first 'unofficial' review of the film, courtesy of Norman England, Japan's Fango correspondant and long time Romero freak.
"HOWEVER, rough cut or not, missing footage and absent insert graphics not withstanding, I was overwhelmed so much by what I saw that I feel the need to come out and proclaim LAND OF THE DEAD as being one of the best genre movies I have ever seen. It is that good. Dare I say,it is that GREAT!"
Rating America's MPAA has awarded Land of the Dead an R-rating for "pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use".
Pittsburgh Premiere Universal and the Steeltown Entertainment Project are joining forces for the event, which will take place at the Byham Theatre on June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.steeltownentertainment.org/ for more information.
TV Making of For those of you out in the US, Dream of the Dead: The Making of Land of the Dead (directed by Roy Frumkes - the original director of Document of the Dead) is to be screened on June 12, 2005 (6:30 pm) on IFC (The Independent Film Channel). For all other dates and times of the screenings for this 30-minute (only 30 minutes!) documentary, visit the official www.ifctv.com website.
"Zombies. They creep me out."
George Romero's Land of the Dead features a plot whereby the zombies have taken over the world and those humans still left alive are confined to a walled-in city that keeps out the corpse corps.
Anarchy rules the streets, with the wealthy insulated and living in fortified skyscrapers. It is left to a group of scavengers to thwart an attempt to overthrow the city as the dead evolve from brainless slow-moving zombies into more advanced creatures.
2nd Aug 05 Mr Good and Rational Scanner (David Kellum) has just moved to the city to attend vet college where he manages to pull fellow student Alice Leonardo with some truly appalling dialogue. Buy hey; they do go...
8th Jun 05 For a 15 certificate film this is quite a gory picture, with stabbings and body parts being removed willy-nilly, plus a head-smashing scene which isnít that far removed from the ones that caused so much...