RIP George A. Romero

Saddened to hear about the passing of horror icon George A. Romero at age 77, after a brief battle with lung cancer.  I consider Romero to be the king of the zombies.  We wouldn’t have zombies as we know them today without him.  Every single filmmaker who has made a zombie movie after 1968 owes him the biggest debt of gratitude.

Zombies were mindless minions under a spell until Romero’s Night of the Flesh Eaters was released as Night of the Living Dead and the world familiarized itself with the idea of walking corpse zombies.  Now, I’m sure most everyone knows they weren’t supposed to be zombies, initially, but zombies they became.

Romero had a knack for inserting an underlying narrative for what was going on in the world into his films.  It started right off the bat with America’s racial tension in NotLD.

Unfortunately, due to a loophole, Romero’s Night of the Living Dead quickly fell into the public domain and he never made the money he should have from it.  Despite the success of NotLD, he struggled for financing on almost every film he made.  The guy has been heralded as an all time great director, but he was rarely rewarded monetarily.

From what I read, Romero rounded out his “dead trilogy” with Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead from what was initially a three part short story he cowrote with John Russo.  Each part became a film.  This is probably why the three were so fluid together despite being made over the course of 17 years.

Romero proved time and time again that he could make great movies with little money.  Dawn is widely regarded as the greatest zombie film ever and while Day had to be rewritten extensively due to low funding and budget cuts, it was still another iconic zombie apocalypse masterpiece.

George Romero always kept his foot in the cult/horror genre with The Crazies, Martin, Knightriders, Monkey Shines and more.  He even teamed with Stephen King for the essential anthology films Creepshow and Creepshow 2.  Not everything he touched was gold but it was damn close.

In 2005, Romero went back to his zombie roots with a new installment to his dead series, Land of the Dead.  It seemed it was about the only time in his career that he really had any kind of budget to work with for a zombie film.  It was mostly well-received by horror hounds and it looked as if Romero was back and might finally get to make the money he deserved for all of his cinematic contributions.

Romero stayed on the “dead” road but, unfortunately, the efforts were lackluster with the Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead films.   Recently, however, we all got a nice surprise announcement that he was coming back for one more “dead” film, Road of the Dead.  I’ll be honest, my first thoughts on the sinopsis for this one were that it would either be terrible or a fun-as-hell addition to the series.  I like to think it would’ve been a return to form and the latter would’ve been true.  I guess we’ll never get to find out.

Thank you, George A. Romero, for the countless hours of fun watching your films.  Thank you for giving us a world full of zombies.  Thank you for giving dorks like me scenarios to dissect with other horror fans.  More than anything, thank you for entertaining so many of us for so long.  Luckily, we get to watch and rewatch these films for years to come.

Two New EPs in Two Weeks!

As a follow-up to January’s DeathRace 2000-inspired “Transcontinental Road Race”, Werewolves in Siberia is back with two brand new EPs.

The first EP, entitled “Abyss”, takes you to the depths of the unknown with two new synth-driven tracks.  Escape the impending apocalypse of the outside world and get lost in the aquatic atmosphere of the Abyss.  It hits for free download Friday, April 14 on the official WIS Bandcamp page.

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One week later, April 21, the next EP drops.  “In Memoriam” will also be available for free download on the Bandcamp page.  With themes for the Monster Guys and Bazaar Cast podcasts, songs inspired by Fangoria and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines and an 80s-style horror hip hop song inspired by the Ghost Brothers tv show, this EP is more of a tribute to some horror icons and up-and-comers in the horror/paranormal realm.  Don’t expect anything less than other WIS releases, though.  There’s plenty here to sink your teeth into.

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Werewolves in Podcast Land

I’m on the Bazaar Cast podcast this week, dorking around with The Fear Merchant about music, horror and Werewolves in Siberia.  Find it anywhere you listen to podcasts like iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or Podcas Addict, etc.

It’s time for the Transcontinental Road Race

Death Race fans, rejoice!  The Transcontinental Road Race EP is here to weave you through the future’s ultimate game of skill and survival.  Inspired by the cult-favorite film, Death Race 2000, Transcontinental Road Race was released the same day as Roger Corman’s sequel, Death Race 2050.  It’s “pay what you want” on the bandcamp page so grab it for free or leave a donation.  Either way, just take it and play the all out of it!

We’re heading into the future… the year 2000 AD

You are about to be transported into the future.  The year is 2000 AD.  A single race captivates the attention of the whole world; The Transcontinental Road Race.  Ripped up, wiped out, battered, shattered, creamed and reamed, FRANKENSTEIN is back to win his third championship.  He’s lost limbs and half of his face but he’s here to take what he believes is his.  His legions of fans are routing for him, but Machine Gun Joe is heavily favored to win this one.  Who will come out on top?  Time will tell… 

On January 17, 2017, the Transcontinental Road Race EP hits on bandcamp.  Two songs inspired by Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000 will be available the same day his Death Race 2050 film is available.

The EP was has been finished for nearly two years now.  There were a few snags on getting it released as a 7″ record.  While you won’t be able to grab it on vinyl, you will be able to get it completely free on 1.17.17.