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.

Just in time for Halloween…

As per usual, a few items have popped up on the bandcamp page for free download for the month of October.  The Myers and Munsters Halloween Bash EP is back (featuring the covers of John Carpenter’s Halloween Theme and Jack Marshall’s The Munsters Theme).  The collection of Misfits covers are back and so are the DJ-style mixtapes of soundtrack songs.  This time around, there are a few additions.

Misfits in Siberia (new title) now features Skulls (as heard first on the 6 Foot Plus podcast).  The new goal is to cover a new Misfits song each Halloween to add to this collection.

The Horror Soundtrack Mixtapes also has a new addition.  Monsters, Murderers, Haunts and Creeps is the Halloween ’16 mixtape that features more fun stuff than usual but fun stuff with a darker twist.  It was originally taken down dude to some weird glitches that showed up with the mixafter upload but those seem to be worked out and it’s back up.

Have a great Halloween!

For good measure, if you’re wondering what bands you should be listening to for Halloween, I did a guest piece on that subject for the Little Miss Trainwreck blog you can check out here.

SLICE is here!

Download the SLICE soundtrack pretty much anywhere online (get it from the bandcamp page for just $2 and get the bonus “Nice Slice Jingle”).  The last chapter of the comic hits today on the Stela iOS app.  Make sure to check it out!

Horror comic SLICE is almost here

After over a year of shopping around and looking for the right fit, Dave Scheidt and Aaron Pittman’s SLICE comic is finally being released THIS MONDAY, (6/30).  The comic follows Jon, a young pizza delivery driver on his first night on the job, and his encounter with the local killer.  Stela is releasing the comic through their brand new app.  The app is free to download and acts like Netflix for comics.  You pay a small monthly fee and get to read all the killer indie comics they release.  Before you write it off and say you’re not paying for that, you get the FIRST CHAPTER OF EVERY COMIC FREE to check it out when you download the app.  Each week, a new chapter is released.

This is where WIS comes in.  I made the soundtrack for this comic.  The first two tracks will be available to stream this Monday via the bandcamp page for readers to listen while they read the first chapter.  Each week, a new song will be released when they release the next chapter.  The full soundtrack will, then, be released for download on July 4, when the last chapter is released.

Read Dave Scheidt’s interview with SKTCHD discussing the comic here.

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Happy Friday the 13th!  Take this EP.

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In celebration of Friday the 13th, I’ve put together a new EP, SLASHER.  It’s free, so take it and tell your friends.  100% inspired by 80’s slasher films, especially the F13 franchise.