Zombie freaks, listen up. Psychedelic rock fans, stay tuned. NotLD purists, don’t bail on me yet.
I’m freaking excited. I’m not one of those people who, caught up in the current monster craze, is all of a sudden OMGZOMBIES! (or would that be ZOMG?) but I have always loved George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. A few years ago, I found a copy of it on DVD in a bin at the dollar store. It was on a disc with the classic King of the Zombies, and I was thrilled. I mean, the music is kind of lame, and the picture quality kind of sucks, but it was 1968, so we can’t expect much there. The movie itself is brilliantly made-just the right balance of camp and suspense, and enough humor to make it easy to watch over and over.
But. There is that thing about the music, and the picture quality. And here is where three guys from my hometown come to the rescue.
Silver Machine, a Space Rock band (think early Floyd) from Asheville, NC, are set to re-release Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead on October 1. This is not a remake of the movie. They haven’t added color, changed the cast, or fucked with the dialogue. Everything is exactly the same, except for two points:
One: They’ve taken out the old soundtrack, which was basically Stock Creepy Music like you get on a CD for your kid’s Halloween party. In its place, they’ve added an all new, original score, written, recorded and produced exclusively for the movie. Heavy on the theremin and resonating with deep, eerie bass tones, the new soundtrack has a totally surreal creep factor that adds to the suspense of the film.
Two: I don’t know how they did it, but they’ve improved the picture quality of the film to the highest quality ever released. The video below explains more about that. It’s still black and white, still very much 1968, but sharper, clearer, easier to see the expression of horror on Barbra’s face as the zombies creep closer and closer…
Want to know more? This video includes a trailer for the film, information about how they did what they did, and ways you can help bring this project to the public. Further details are available on their indiegogo page. This is seriously going to kick ass, people. I’ve been watching this take shape and it’s fucking amazing. I can’t wait.