The late George A. Romero was somebody who never set out to pursue Hollywood, but his unique vision for horror sparked a flame that landed him there all the same. Works like Living Dead proved ground-breaking and he continued therein amassing a legion of Romero-philes. Now, they have another film to shoot about.
Three years ago, the writer Daniel Kraus, known in the film world for co-creating Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, revealed that he had watched a cut of George A. Romero’s long-lost horror flick The Amusement Park.
Finally, after almost 50 years in the figurative film dungeon, it will finally see the light of day. You can now watch the trailer for the first time ever ahead of its debut on the streaming service Shudder, where it is due to land on the 8th of June.
Romero was initially commissioned to direct The Amusement Park by the Lutheran Society, a religious group that hoped to somehow raise awareness of ageism and elder abuse via the horror film. The resulting picture, directed between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, was naturally a bit gory for their taste, thus it was canned and never released.
The movie is centred around an elderly gentleman who sets out to enjoy the thrills of an amusement park. Things quickly devolve into what could be described as a literal ghost train rollercoaster and typical GA.R thrills ensue.
You can check out the deeply allegorical ageism-tackling trailer, below.