The Amusement Park: the trailer for the lost film by George A. Romero

After nearly 40 years, Shudder shared the trailer for George A. Romero’s television movie The Amusement Park, which was never released.

We had to wait almost forty years, but finally the long unreleased film by George A. Romero will see the light.

It was 1973 when the cult director was commissioned by the Lutheran Society of the United States to make a film for television that denounced the problem of elder abuse. The trouble was that when the Lutheran Society saw the 52 minutes of The Amusement Park he refused to let it out, due to the violent attacks on American society at the time. The film then disappeared from circulation and was never released.

Perhaps by then it was “too much”, but fortunately three years ago, in 2018, The Amusement Park was recovered by Daniel Kraus (collaborator of Guillermo Del Toro) and restored in 4K by IndieCollect.

The Amusement Park: the trailer for the film by George A. Romero

George A. Romero’s “amusement park” is preparing to debut in June in the United States, exclusively on streaming platform dedicated to horror Shudder lovers. Let’s not get lost in small talk and immediately see the official trailer just released from the platform:

The official synopsis reads:

An elderly gentleman (Lincoln Maazel) goes to spend what he believes to be a day like any other in an amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare. Shot by George A. Romero between Night of the Living Dead and Zombies, The Amusement Park is a dark and distressing allegory in which the attractions and distractions of the amusement park represent the many abuses that the elderly must endure in society.

Those who have already had the good fortune to see it describe it as the most terrifying film within Romero’s filmography. Daniel Kraus himself stated that it is the film “most overtly terrifying, deeply disturbing in its form and content” and that “in his long career as a critic of American institutions, Romero had never been so ruthless.” Another film historian, Tony Williams, declared at the time that “the film is too powerful for American society, it must remain locked up and never see the light of day.”

All the more reason to hope that soon it will also arrive here in Italy! What do you think? Leave us a comment and keep following us on this page so as not to miss all the news on cinema and TV series!

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