Last month, the late George Romero’s wife Suzanne Desrocher-Romero mentioned that a film Romero shot in 1973 was going to be restored and released, saying:
“We’re gonna restore it, and we’re gonna show it to Romero cinephiles. It’s a scary movie, but it’s not a horror movie, and it’s about ageism. Anyway, he has a cameo in it, and it’ll be fun. And we’ll show the movie, or get it distributed. It’ll be a project that the George Romero foundation’s gonna do.”
It’s now become clear that this film is a 60-minute movie made for TV in 1973 called The Amusement Park. Billed as a “PSA on age discrimination” it’s about:
“An elderly gentlemen sets out for what he thinks will be a normal day at an amusement park and is soon embroiled in a waking nightmare the likes of which you’ve never seen.”
Author Daniel Kraus announced on Twitter the other night that he was watching the film, and called it “a revelation” as well as “Romero’s most overtly horrifying film.”
“The people who funded it wouldn’t allow it. And no wonder. It’s hellish. In Romero’s long career of criticising American institutions, never was he so merciless. Where can you see this savage masterwork? You can’t. But I’m dedicating myself to changing that. Can you help? Yes, probably. Give me some time to figure out what’s what. This is truly one of those magical (cursed?) objects that I cannot believe has fallen through the cinematic cracks. We’ll drag it back.”
Exciting stuff for Romero’s many fans!