Romero’s Lost ‘Amusement Park’

George A. Romero’s “lost” film, The Amusement Park, debuts tomorrow, June 8, on Shudder, as part of the streamer’s “Summer of Chills” slate of horror movies.

In 1973, the Lutheran Society commissioned Romero to direct The Amusement Park as an educational film about ageism. The Society then withheld distribution of the final product due to its disturbing content.  Considered lost, the film was rediscovered in 2017, the year Romero died, and restored in 4K by IndieCollect.

The 52-minute allegory stars Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man whose visit to an amusement park becomes a disorienting nightmare involving roller coasters and chaotic crowds. (Maazel died in 2009 at the age of 106!)

Wally Cook wrote the script, and the George A. Romero Foundation and Romero’s widow Suzanne Desrocher-Romero completed the production.  

Also on Shudder in June:

The Superdeep – Thursday, June 17

In 1984, unexplained sounds resembling screaming were recorded more than seven miles deep inside the Kola Superdeep borehole, a secret Russian facility. Although since closed for decades, a small research team of scientists and military personnel go there to unravel the mystery. They discover an apocalyptic threat.

Directed by Arseniy Sukhin, The Superdeep stars Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Kirill Kovbas and Nikita Dyuvbanov.

An Unquiet Grave – Thursday, June 24

A year after his wife dies in a car crash, a man (Jacob A. Ware) convinces his wife’s sister (Christine Nyland), to return with him to the accident site to resurrect her. Terrence Krey directed, and Nyland co-wrote the script.

Vicious Fun – Tuesday, June 29

Joel (Evan Marsh), a caustic 1980’s film critic for a national horror magazine, unwittingly becomes involved in a self-help group for serial killers. He must either blend in or risk being the next victim.  

The cast includes Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Sean Baek, David Koechner, Alexa Rose Steele, Mark Gibson, Kristopher Brown and John Fray. Cody Callahan wrote and directed.

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