Shudder is bringing George A. Romero’s “lost” film The Amusement Park to our screens for the first time this summer, and while it isn’t exactly a horror movie, the trailer is pretty damn nightmarish!
Shot in 1973—between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead—The Amusement Park was recently discovered and restored by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Romero’s wife, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero. Lincoln Maazel (Martin) stars as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies and humiliations of ageing in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. A bleak and haunting allegory, the film was commissioned by the Lutheran Society as a PSA on age discrimination but was never released—until now.
“The film is perhaps Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie,” Shudder notes, adding that The Amusement Park is “an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker’s early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography.”
The Amusement Park debuts on Shudder in the US and Canada, UK and Ireland, and Australia and New Zealand on June 8th. Grab the cotton candy and check out the freaky trailer below.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)