Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 290: Wed Oct 18

Land of the Dead (Romero, 2005): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.30pm

This 35mm screening is part of the 'Little White Lies at 100' season. This late work by horror grandmaster George A Romero featured on the cover of issue 3 of Little White Lies, and features a depiction of Dennis Hopper’s severed head by artist Paul Willoughby. It’s a thrill to be able to celebrate this spiky 2005 addendum to the director’s iconic zombie trilogy in the run up to Halloweeen, as it’s a chance to display the filmmaker’s eloquently rendered punk philosophy in all its gory glory. The screening will be preceded by an introduction from Little White Lies magazine editor, David Jenkins.

Chicago Reader review:
After a 20-year hiatus, George A. Romero resumes his quasi-satiric horror series about the flesh-eating living dead. Land of the Dead, his fourth entry, turns out to be his most conventional as an action thriller—though it’s every bit as gory as the others and more clearly class conscious. By now the subproletarian zombies have taken over everything except a gated city run by scheming villain Dennis Hopper (surprisingly cliched here); spurred on by a leader of sorts (Eugene Clark), a former filling-station attendant, they’re beginning to think a little as they attack. This being contemporary, the reprisals are military.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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