“Night of the Living Dead” Gets New Life


From Director Chad Zuver and Shattered Imagines Films

By Joanna Prototype

A Very Brief History of Zombies in Film:

In 1929 popular culture was first introduced to the idea of “zombies” with William Seabrook’s book, “The Magic Island”. In the book he describes Haitian Vodoo practices and his experience with the Culte des Morts, or Cult of the Dead. Seabrook’s book was later used as the basis for Garnett Weston’s 1932 screenplay “White Zombie”. Directed by the Halperin brothers and starring the legendary Bela Lugosi, “White Zombie” tells the story of a young girl transformed by a Vodoo master into a mindless zombie slave.

“White Zombie” gave us the first full length film example of zombies, though not as we know them today. It wasn’t until the late 60’s that zombies became the creatures of our current nightmares. In 1968, George A. Romero and John A. Russo completely changed what pop culture knew about zombies. In their ground breaking film “Night of the Living Dead”, Romero and Russo turned the zombie into an undead cannibalistic monster. They were no longer the mind controlled slaves of Vodoo lore, from then on zombies were walking, hungry corpses.

So let’s talk a little more about “Night of the Living Dead”:

As we all know, it’s a horror movie about a group of strangers that end up stuck in a farm house together while their undead cannibalistic friends and neighbors close in around them. They have to work together to secure the house and come up with an escape plan.

It has been a cult classic since it’s release and has inspired artists in every media. It has spawn numerous sequels including “Dawn of the Dead”, “Day of the Dead”, “Land of the Dead”, and “Diary of the Dead”. It’s been paid tribute to in music with songs like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and The Misfits “Night of the Living Dead”, and in countless video games like “Zombies Ate My Neighbors” and the classic arcade “House of the Dead”.

In 1990 actor, director and special effects make up artist Tom Savini remade the horror classic for a modern audience. Savini stuck with Russo and Romero’s original screenplay, updating only a few aspects of the original film. Savini’s remake saw key characters re-imagined. We also were given an even better example of what people could become in a survival situation. Morally questionable behavior that was only briefly addressed in the original is expanded upon in Savini’s remake.

And then another brave director came forth:

Enter Chad Zuver, writer, actor, director and co-owner of Shattered Images Films. He is also the film maker who is bringing us a whole new re-imagined “Night of the Living Dead”. In his exclusive interview with Zombie Rising Magazine, Chad tells us about his up coming remake and how it is a very new take on the horror classic. In a few quotes from the interview he says,

“I expanded on the story and also changed things up. The changes could really anger die hard NOTLD fans, but it is something that hasn’t been done before in the series.”

“I am very happy with everyone involved with the movie and the movie itself. I really stand by my statement, that this is the best zombie movie to come out of Ohio.” 













So what is it that we’d like to see in a new “Night of the Living Dead”?

Though many hardcore fans will object to any changes to the original story, I know there are some who wouldn’t mind a fresh spin on the old group of strangers stuck in a farm house plot. Re-imagined characters, new in-depth back stories, new drama, and of course plenty of gore. With boundless opportunity to expand on Romero’s epic epidemic, it will take only the right people to bring it to new light.

Chad Zuver and his cast and crew are taking their shot at being those people. Set to release at local theaters in Toledo, Ohio on October 24th, read the full interview in the Issue 5 of Zombie Rising Magazine to get the full scoop on Zuver’s “Night of the Living Dead”.




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