The name George A. Romero is revered in the realm of horror. He’s the filmmaker who single-handedly created what modern audiences know as the zombie film. And through his works such as “Dawn of the Dead” and “Night of the Living Dead,” Romero devised the blueprint for adding social commentary to a genre that is mainly known for its frights. With the filmmaker’s passing in 2017, it was believed that fans had seen the last new work from Romero. That is, until it was announced that his “lost film” titled “The Amusement Park” was discovered and could potentially be released to the public 46 years after it was completed.
Now, according to Yellow Veil Pictures, the company has secured the rights to “The Amusement Park” and is actively trying to find distributors to release Romero’s film to the general public. The film is described as an “alluring snapshot of the filmmaker’s early artistic capacity and style.” “The Amusement Park” was originally commissioned by the Lutheran Society as a project that would showcase the issues of elder abuse and ageism. However, in typical Romero fashion, the filmmaker used the topics to create a film about an elderly man that finds himself disoriented and isolated, as his struggles are manifested in roller coasters and large crowds.
Though not a typical horror film, in the strict sense of the definition, it appears that “Amusement Park” is still a film that will appeal to Romero’s fans and those interested in seeing an early work from one of the most beloved filmmakers of the last 50+ years.
“We couldn’t be more excited to team up with the George A. Romero Foundation to bring this horrifying lost film to audiences,” Yellow Veil Pictures Co-Founder Justin Timms said. “George’s work here, as always, is an unnerving criticism of American society, this time embodied through a relentless amusement park”
Suzanne Romero added, “Though not in the horror genre it is George’s most terrifying film. It has Romero’s unique footprint all over it!”
All that is standing between audiences and “Amusement Park” is the lack of a distribution deal. But obviously this is a project that is sure to attract plenty of interest.