I've posted a few times over the last month or so about the upcoming George A. Romero film Diary of the Dead (check here and here if you don't believe me), his fifth film to deal with the walking, flesh eating dead. Well, even though Romero invented modern zombie films, he's not the only one making them. I've always said that if his zombie films had been produced by a major studio, films like Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, and Lucio Fulci's gore-fest Zombie would have run into legal troubles and might possibly never have been made. Thanks to an unfortunate oversight, the copyright notice was left off Romero'sNight of the Living Dead -- the film which all modern zombie flicks must acknowledge as an inspiration -- which is why NOTLD is offered for sale by every dealer of public domain films on the planet. The zombie film, in essence, belongs to the people and, legally speaking, pretty much anybody can make one.

For example, did you know there's a new zombie film coming from Greece? Soon the walking dead will be shambling through downtown Athens, sipping ouzo and noshing on intestines. OK, I made up the part about the ouzo; I suspect they'll be drinking (what else?) hot, steaming human blood. Beverage choices aside for the moment,Evil (known in its homeland as To Kako) hits the streets on DVD this January 30 thanks to TLA video. Written and directed by Yorgos Noussias, this blood-drenched horror comedy, for good or ill, has all the classic elements. As TLA's website says: "It's up to a group of random strangers -- including a wise-cracking cab driver, a teenaged girl who just lost her parents, a tough-guy soldier and a tougher young woman -- to save the day as the flesh-eating hordes sink their teeth into fresh meat. Drenched in blood-soaked action and complete with exploding heads, flying intestines and more household object impalements than one could desire. Evil delivers the goods and satisfies the inner gore-hound in all of us while delivering twisted, wry comedy in the tradition of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive and Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy."

I'm usually leery of films described as being "in the tradition" of something or other, but the zombie film family tree is one with few forks. The trick is to add something new like Undead, which added a flying saucer angle, or The Stink of Flesh which posed the question, "After the zombie apocalypse, will there still be wife-swapping?" The Pakistani film industry is getting into the zombie game (see Cinematical's news piece on Hell's Ground), so let's see what Noussias and his cast and crew have to offer.

Now, pass the ouzo.

[Via Fangoria]
categories Cinematical