How many horror movies can truly claim to have changed the landscape of popular culture as we know it, becoming such a widespread influence on everything to come after that the very conceit upon which its built becomes as ubiquitous as centuries of prior genre myth-making? George Romero’s legacy will forever be associated with his first feature film, the groundbreaking and pioneering zombie progenitor, Night of the Living Dead. Not only did it invent all the mechanics of a modern movie horror, structured to operate as both a vessel for social projection and as a uniformly terrifying fictional threat, it also managed to revolutionize the tools of modern genre filmmaking with a grounded approach to its low budget production, enhancing the realistic sensation of horror one feels when watching this masterpiece. As we lurch into the spookiest month of the year, we relay the last of our non-horror watches of the year with trips to the repertory theater and a brief look at Michael Showalter’s new biopic, The Eyes of Tammy Faye. All of this and more from your independent resource for classic and contemporary cinema.
0:00 Repertory screenings of Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) with live organ accompaniment and Rushmore (1998)
13:50 New movie season arrives
16:24 The Eyes of Tammy Faye
24:04 The Night of the Living Dead
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