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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Blu-ray Review: "Land of the Dead" (2005)

    Years after the initial zombie outbreak ("Night of the Living Dead") a group of Pittsburgh survivors (maybe the last people on earth, for all we know) are holed up in the city surrounded by zombies... and on the inside, controlled by a very powerful man (Dennis Hopper) who will do anything to maintain his wealth and status.

    George Romero stresses that this is not a sequel in any strict sense, seeing as no characters return. And indeed, one could skip the first three films ...
  2. Blu-ray Review: "Dawn of the Dead" (2004)

    A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Milwaukee shopping mall.

    Production company Strike Entertainment (who had connections to distributor Universal) pulled out all the stops for this film. Being a fan of the original George A. Romero film, as we all are, I initially had my doubts about this one. As it turns out, however, by avoiding much of the original ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "Effects" (1978)

    Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.

    There are two things about this film that keep it interesting all these decades later. One is the abundance of George Romero-connected people involved: Tom Savini, John Harrison, Joseph Pilato, Pasquale Buba, Nancy Allen (but not THAT Nancy Allen) and others. Filming took place in 1978, around the time ...
  4. Another Look at "The Prowler" (1981)

    A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

    "The Prowler" was directed by Joseph Zito, an incredibly nice guy and talented artist, probably better known for his installment in the "Friday the 13th" series. Also notable is that this film features special effects and makeup by Tom Savini, the undisputed horror ...