Founding Father and all-around nerd Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing is certain but death, taxes, and zombie movies.” He was indeed a visionary, ahead of his time – and that’s pretty much why he wound up on the quarter. 233 years after our depilated friend Ben put his John Hancock on the Declaration of Independence (see what I did there?), his bizarre, drunken statement couldn’t be more true. A working trailer for George A. Romero’s new zombie installment Survival of the Dead has been released. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been too impressed with his latest ventures into the zombie world. They’ve always had a strong social commentary based on the decade: 1968′s Night and it’s issues of racism; 1978′s Dawn and it’s issues of commercialism; 1985′s Day and it’s issue of underground testing facilities (okay, I made that one up); 2005′s Land and the issue of terrorism; and 2007′s Diary and the issue of technology. But he’s making too many too soon. Whereas he released one every decade, he’s now releasing them every couple years. What’s this next one going to be about, hope and change? The living and the undead working towards a peaceful future, together? Our shitty existence has always been the driving force behind his Dead series – so what’s he gonna do now that we have our first black president and everything is hunky-dory? Maybe the zombies will start complaining about the economy? Check it out and decide for yourselves! (Also, check out his most terrifying movie to date, 1974′s O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose – not kidding this time.)
Survival of the Dead trailer
August 12, 2009
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