Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with our first report on the 14 minutes of LAND OF THE DEAD that Universal and Romero screened at Cannes. This is a very, very enthusiastic fan reaction. I don't know about you, but I'm totally jazzed about this! If anybody else out there reading this was at the screening, drop us a line and let us know your thoughts!
Bad weather here today around the Palais, but that doesn't matter, because yesterday at midnight, the sun was shining!
George Romero showed the first 14 minutes of his new work, or i should better say epos, because it sure looks so. LAND OF THE DEAD! Also, he brung along Asia Argento, John Leguziamo, Dennis Hopper & Wife and some dude called Simon or something.
Anyway: The 14 minutes rocked hard. In fact, those 14 awesome minutes were even better than that whole DAWN OF THE DEAD remake. Romero uses incredible good animatronics for his zombies and some CG that you can almost not see. It was totally awesome.
It starts with a nice slow shot of a wedding gone bad: all the people are zombies. The first thing that i noticed were the absofuckinglutely creepy masks. Damn, they were the best zombie masks I have ever seen. The makeup is so good, makes you wanna slap your mamma. You have never seen something like this before. Fuck 28 Days Later, fuck Dawn Of The Dead, this is the real deal. They're bad and hungry, and you can see that. Anyway, after that sweet zombie shot we see Leguziamo and a team drop two wooden boxes with zombies in them at some trashpoint with lots of trash around. Suddenly they see an alive zombie near them on the ground, and BLAM there you have your first headshot from Leguziamo. 2 minutes runnning, one down already.
In the next 10 minutes it will be about 25 dead people, because that team from Leguziamo drives with really cool vehicles into an city to grab goods there. They use fireworks to shock the zombies, and while these are watching up in the air, they drive by and shoot them. But then that firework machine has a defect, and the zombies begin to hunt these humans. Not that they really have a chance against the machine guns, but this scene is to show you that they develop in some way. Some angry black zombie grabs a machine gun from a bike while the team leaves the town! Holy shit!
Well, and then there is the last shot, which is beautiful: The zombies start walking in the direction that the humans have left. Now, thats a Stylebreak, but goddamit, it was Romero, who invented zombie movies, so a discussion is unneccessary. He orientates the zombies at 28 Days Later, but they dont run here. So, it's all okay.
As I said, this movie is gonna kick ass really hard. It's gonna kick Dawn Of The Dead in the balls, for ever being made. You can taste it.
Can't wait to see the final film. It's gonna be a horror masterpiece!