Night of the Living Dead on Criterion

Is the new Criterion Blu-ray edition of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead worth purchasing? I’m of two minds on this question. Part of the eerie charm of the original edition is its low budget–its grainy black-and-white film, cheap sets, tinny music, and actors nobody ever heard of.
 
The Criterion edition attempts to enhance the cheap black-and-white print with Blu-ray technology. But do we really want it enhanced? Doesn’t enhancement take away part of the sinister charm of the grungy original?
 
On the other hand, it’s good to see that the movie is getting the attention it deserves from its groundbreaking reenvisioning of the zombie as a flesh-eating creature that feeds on living humans. Before this movie, zombies lumbered around with their eyes bugging out of their heads, looking spooky, but they were harmless. They were the walking dead without a bloodthirsty appetite, as in Bela Lugosi’s White Zombie.
 
Then along came George Romero and the invention of the modern zombie in Night of the Living Dead. And the zombie was forever changed. It has now become identified as the monster that is the most terrifying threat to humanity, much more terrifying than vampires and werewolves.

The Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 1

Did the graphic violence in the premiere of season 7 of The Walking Dead go beyond the pale?  To my mind, the head bashing seemed to go on a tad too long.  I don’t know if we needed to see the endless pounding of the victim’s head into a bloody pulp.  How many times did the leather-jacketed Jeffrey Dean Morgan have to pummel the guy’s head with a bat wrapped in barbed wire to prove what a heel he is?  On the other hand, nobody can deny this episode was one of the most powerful and gripping ever shown on the series.

Even while heads were being pulverized into red paste and eyes were popping out of smashed heads (“Doesn’t that hurt?”), I needed to keep watching, transfixed by the gore. For the most part, it wasn’t violence for the sake of violence.  It seemed rooted into the story and revealed the villain’s brutal character.  I’m of two minds.  I believe the show worked.  However, the graphic violence probably went on a little longer than necessary.

The Bus Stops Here and other zombie tales

Why wait?  The Bus Stops Here and other zombie tales is now available on Amazon.

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The Audiobook edition of Zombie Maelstrom will be available soon

The audiobook edition of Bryan Cassiday’s zombie epic Zombie Maelstrom will be available soon.  Zombie Maelstrom is the first book in the Chad Halverson zombie apocalypse series.  Hopefully it will be ready in time for Halloween!

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Audiobook for Zombie Maelstrom

The audiobook for Zombie Maelstrom should be coming out this year.  I’ll keep you posted.

The Walking Dead is back

The Walking Dead struck with a vengeance Sunday night in a blood-drenched episode that bodes well for an exciting season of zombie mayhem.  The opening scene that starts out like a scene in an abattoir is a corker and had me writhing in my seat.  Bloody good.  A franchise that still has legs.

Audiobook for “Boxed”

The audiobook version of Bryan Cassiday’s zombie Kindle short story “Boxed” is now in production.  I’ll let you know when it’s available.  The Kindle horror story is available at Amazon.