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Romero Lives Film Series: Survival of the Dead

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October 13, 2019, 9:00pm, Regent Square Theater
Survival of the Dead - Introduced by Suzanne Romero
The Romero Lives Film Series presents: A Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Horror Master, George A. Romero

Romero always loved Westerns, and with his final film, he got to make one, an old-fashioned cowboy movie in zombie drag. Continuing the trajectory begun in Diary, Survival of the Dead follows Diary’s rogue national guardspeople and other survivors as they make their way through a zombie-filled landscape and, eventually, towards Plum Island. An isolated island dominated by the Muldoons and the O’Flynns, old-fashioned Irish families locked in a blood feud with each other, Plum Island’s sparse population means its zombie chaos is comparatively limited. But far from being a respite, the tensions between the two families get increasingly violent as their contradictory approaches to the zombie apocalypse leave the two clans ever-more squarely in opposition to each other. Romero always planned on further installments to his second zombie saga, but Survival proved to be a fitting conclusion, a satirical allegory about humanity’s need – and inability – to come together, even in the face of greater, more urgent, flesh-eating dangers. “This is exactly what makes Romero a great political filmmaker: when he condemns wrongs, he never assumes those wrongs exist on their own … and it’s through the improvement or failure of characters that he demonstrates the possibilities or failures of society.” -Mubi