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Remakes of horror icon George Romero’s films can go either way; there have been some awesome reinterpretations (Dawn of the Dead), along with a lot of horrible remakes/sequels (Day of the Dead & Day of the Dead 2: Contagium). Well, we’re about to get another remake, so let’s cross our fingers that it is a good one.

The Crazies, which was written by Paul McCollough and George A. Romero with direction by Romero, is a cult horror classic. Released in 1973, the original focused on a small Pennsylvania town where a man-made virus is released that causes an outbreak of insanity and death, forcing the military to fight and contain it.

According to Variety, George Romero will act as an executive producer on the remake, which will be directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara) from a script by Ray Wright and Scott Kosar. The new film takes place in Kansas, where a mysterious toxin causes the outbreak of “Crazies”. They are expected to lens early next year for a 2010 release.

Posted on October 8th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Free Online Comic Book

Have you been enjoying HBO and Alan Ball’s take on vampire lore in “True Blood”?  Than you might be interested in the 40 page prequel comic book that they have released online, “True Blood: The Great Revelation”.

The issue focuses on a centuries-old vampire who is reflecting about what it has been like to be a vampire and what the development of synthetic blood (aka Tru Blood) means to his kind. He journeys to Japan to see where the product is developed and to decide whether he wants to support vampires “coming out of the coffin” or not.

You can check out a few preview pages below and read the whole issue here. The comic features art by Jason Badower, and was written by David Wohl, from a story by Brian Cain and Gregg Hale.

And don’t forget, an all new episode of “True Blood” airs tonight at 9pm on HBO.

Posted on October 5th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (3)
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There is only one thing that I like more than zombies, and that is George Romero’s zombies! So, you can imagine my excitement earlier today when I read in Variety that George Romero begins shooting this week on an all new zombie film, which is believed to be “Island of the Dead”.

The horror thriller sounds more like a solo film, rather than a continuation of his original “Night” series or his more recent “Diary of the Dead”. Either way, it is a Romero zombie film, and that is enough to get my butt in the theater.

According to Variety, the plot focuses on the “inhabitants of an isolated island off the North American coast who find their relatives rising from the dead to eat their kin. The leaders of the island feud over whether or not to kill their reanimated relatives or preserve them in hopes of finding a cure.”

The movie sounds like an old school voodoo zombie film, like the 1943 horror classic “I Walked With a Zombie”, rather than the more recent crop of high octane/non-stop action zombie films (“28 Weeks Later”, “Dawn of the Dead” remake).  Read more about who will be involved with Romero’s new zombie film by clicking here.

Bloody-Disgusting recently got the juice on some interesting trailer news; they received the exclusive trailer for “I Sell the Dead”, a period zombie film starring Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings).

“I Sell The Dead” is the story of two grave robbers, Arthur Blake (Dominic Monaghan) and Willie Grimes (Larry Fessenden), whose epic story of robbing graves is told by Arthur to a priest (Ron Perlman) as Arthur prepares to face execution.

The film is directed by Glenn McQuaid based on his short film called the “The Resurrection Apprentice” and was funded by Glass Eye Pix (a low budget horror genre label run by horror maestro Larry Fessenden). The film co-stars Larry Fessenden, Ron Perlman, & Angus Scrimm.

What makes this trailer so unique is its style. From the opening clips we are thrown into another world. The costumes look stellar, the cast looks amazing, and the sets are unbelievable, especially since this film had a budget of less then five million dollars. There’s also an arthouse quality about this film that sets it apart from so many indie zombie films being released today. We’re given shots of people doing abnormal things and its general style. All I can say is that I’m looking forward to it whether it’s released straight-to-DVD or theatrically… once it’s out I’ll be the first one there.

No release date has been set. Continue reading to check out the film’s trailer…

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It is time for another addition of the Weekly Pit. Sit back, brew a cup of coffee, and enjoy!

  • And while we are on the subject of Sci-Fi, EW picks their top 20 favorite Sci-Fi shows. (EW)
  • What would Ferris Bueller’s day off had been like, if it was his last? (College Humor)
  • George Clooney enjoys staring at goats? (Buzz Sugar)
  • I’m not sure what my fascination with top lists is this week, but here is an interesting list of made for TV horror flicks. (Bloody Disgusting)

Tomorrow, we’ll be posting our weekly recap along with some new comic book, TV and film news.

Posted on September 14th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Saw V starring Julie Benz, Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, and Scott Patterson.

New images form the fifth installment of the “Saw” franchise have been released by Lionsgate. In the film, “Hoffman (portrayed by Costas Mandylor) is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the hunt to eliminate all loose ends.” Along with Mandylor, Jigsaw himself Tobin Bell is returning, as is Scott Patterson and Shawnee Smith. They will be joined by Meagan Good, and Julie Benz.

Click to enlarge the new images from “Saw V”:

Saw V starring Julie Benz, Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson

Posted on September 13th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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