Lost George Romero Film to be Restored and Released?!

Although it may sound cliche, few directors have had the influence on the horror genre that the late George A. Romero had. The man almost single handedly revolutionized the zombie film, turning it into what it is today (arguably the most popular subgenre of horror). While most known for his zombie flicks, Romero has also done a ton of other movies. He took a shot at the vampire subgenre with his movie Martin, and also stepped out of the horror box with 1981’s Knightriders. The filmography of the Pittsburgh native is quite impressive, and it’s about to get a little bigger.

Last month Romero’s widow, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero revealed that not only did her husband leave behind between 40-50 unmade scripts, but that there is also a completed film made in 1973 that has never seen the light of day. On the film, Desrocher-Romero said

We have a film that he shot in 1973 that most people haven’t seen. A handful of people have seen this film. We’re gonna restore it, and we’re gonna show it to Romero cinephiles. It’s a scary movie, but it’s not a horror movie, and it’s about ageism. Anyway, he has a cameo in it, and it’ll be fun. And we’ll show the movie, or get it distributed. It’ll be a project that the foundation’s gonna do. I think it’s the first project we’re gonna do actually.

Thanks to the comments of New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus, we have some information about this movie. This film, titled The Amusement Park, was completed in between Season of the Witch and The Crazies. This was originally a 60 minute made-for-tv feature concerned with the topic of age discrimination. While perhaps not explicitly a horror film, the consensus seems to be that it is horrifying. After viewing the film, Kraus commented that “With the exception of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD—maybe—THE AMUSEMENT PARK is Romero’s most overtly horrifying film. Hugely upsetting in form & function.” Continuing, Kraus had this to say

The people who funded it wouldn’t allow it. And no wonder. It’s hellish. In Romero’s long career of criticizing American institutions, never was he so merciless. Where can you see this savage masterwork? You can’t. But I’m dedicating myself to changing that. Can you help? Yes, probably. Give me some time to figure out what’s what.

While no further details are given in terms of what it would take to see some sort of release for this long lost film, it is important to note that fans can contribute to this work by visiting the George A. Romero Foundation website. The information out there concerning The Amusement Park is pretty scarce at the moment, but we will update this as we go. Below is a simple plot description that has been revealed, along with some screenshots from Kraus.

An elderly gentlemen sets out for what he thinks will be a normal day at an amusement park and is soon embroiled in a waking nightmare the likes of which you’ve never seen.

                  

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Ah now for the one thing everyone loathes...writing about themselves! Well for starters, my name is Chuck, and I am a south Jersey transplant living in Amish country. I’ve been a horror fan since 5th grade, about 16 years ago. My horror fandom started when I got my hands on a copy of Jay Anson’s novel The Amityville Horror. The book terrified me, and I knew I just had to watch the movie. An older cousin of mine had a copy of it, and that was the genesis of my obsession with the genre. Over the years I have expressed my horror fandom in many ways. Since about 2005 I have been regularly attending horror conventions. These have been great ways to amass collectibles, movies, and to meet some of my favorite celebrities. My best friend Mike and I used to run our own horror blog years ago, and we also dabbled in script writing. I am looking forward to going back to writing about horror, something I’ve always loved. When I’m not working (I work at PNC Bank), my non-horror interests are studying theology and economics, watching Japanese tokusatsu, and doing play-by-play commentary for professional wrestling. I’m also a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and singing in a Barbershop quartet. Oh, and I’m probably the biggest fan of the Golden Girls you’ll ever meet. My top 5 horror flicks (definitely subject to change): 1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 2. Basket Case (1982) 3. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) 4. The Beyond (1981) 5. Dawn of the Dead (1978)