Almost two years ago Guillermo del Toro’s collaborator Daniel Kraus wrote on social media that a missing George Romero movie had been discovered and that he had seen it. He went on to say it was a revelation and Romero’s most overtly horrifying film.
“It was never shown publicly. The people who funded it wouldn’t allow it. And no wonder. It’s hellish. In Romero’s long career of criticizing American institutions, never was he so merciless.”
The Amusement Park was made in 1973 and stars Lincoln Maazel as:
”…an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies, and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds.”
Romero was originally commissioned to direct the project by the Lutheran Society, which wanted to create a film to raise awareness about ageism and elder abuse.
Now it could be coming to theatres as Yellow Veil Pictures has come on board to handle the movie’s worldwide distribution rights.
Producer, and Romero’s widow, Suzanne Desrocher has led a 4K restoration of the film alongside the George A. Romero Foundation which was completed by IndieCollect in New York.
Movie scholar Tony Williams, who saw the film 30 years ago, wrote:
“The film is far too powerful for American society…It must remain under lock and key never seeing the light of day,’”
Well, that might all be about to change.