George A. Romero’s Remastered Night of the Living Dead Is Coming Back to Life in Theaters

Fathom Events
Fathom Events

Long before The Walking Dead was running out of storylines and losing its main star, a twentysomething George A. Romero gathered up a group of his filmmaking friends and, with virtually no budget to speak of, ended up making one of the scariest films in horror movie history. Now, nearly 50 years after its original release on October 1, 1968, Night of the Living Dead will be creeping its way back into theaters.

For two days only next month, a gorgeously restored version of the granddaddy of all zombie films (which never actually used that term, by the way) will be returning to theaters across the country for a two-night-only engagement. The remastering process was overseen by Romero himself, shortly before he passed away in 2017.

Romero worked with original sound designer Gary Streiner to restore the original camera negative into a totally fresh 4K Ultra HD version of the film. The Museum of Modern Art, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, The George Lucas Family Foundation, and the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center all helped to bring the remastered version of this iconic film back to theaters.

“There are not many films that warrant the kind of attention Night of the Living Dead has received from the Museum of Modern Art, but there are also not many films whose influence remains so strong in global popular culture 50 years after it was made. George A. Romero’s film has never looked better, and we are proud to present this dazzling new restoration to film lovers and horror fans,” Tom Lucas, Fathom Events’s VP of studio relations, said in a statement.

The film will screen at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (local time) on both October 24th and October 25th in select theaters. To find out if the film is screening near you, or to purchase tickets, visit the Fathom Events website.

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]