George Romero: Between Night and Dawn (Blu-ray)

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Collection of three dramas from film-maker George A. Romero. 'There's Always Vanilla' (1971) follows former soldier Chris Bradley (Raymond Laine) as he returns home to Pittsburgh to visit his father.

While there he meets local girl Lynn (Judith Ridley) and the pair soon move in together. However, with Chris unable to decide what he wants to do with his life their relationship soon runs into trouble.

In 'Season of the Witch' (1972) unhappy housewife Joan Mitchell (Jan White) seeks help from a local witch after her husband begins abusing her.

After casting a spell to make her daughter's boyfriend attracted to her, Joan's world continues to change as she gets drawn further into the world of the dark arts.

Finally, in 'The Crazies' (1973) the inhabitants of Evans City, Pennsylvania become infected by a mysterious virus after material from an untested biological weapon seeps into the town's water supply. With the victims transforming into mindless killers and the army instructed to shoot to kill, local firefighter David (Will MacMillan) and his girlfriend Judy (Lane Carroll) are forced to go to extreme lengths in order to escape the chaos.

Product Details

Barcode
5027035017594
Department
Movies & TV
Released
23 Oct 2017
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Horror
Region
Region AB, Region 1, Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Arrow Films
Number of Discs
6
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Age Restriction
18
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
George Romero: Between Night and Dawn
Release Year
2017
Categories
Horror/Suspense

Movie

Title
There's Always Vanilla
Release Year
1972
Running Time
93 min
Categories
Dramas / Directors / Melodrama / Psychodrama / Romance
Synopsis
Incredibly, this romantic melodrama was directed by the same man who brought THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD to the screen. The story concerns a recently discharged young army veteran (Ray Laine), who doesn't want a regular job but wants to drift around and enjoy things for a while. He finds a girlfriend with a good job (Judith Streiner) who is willing to support him while he pretends to be writing a novel, and they have a good time for a while. Eventually she tries to get him to take a regular job. He does, but quickly gives it up. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she goes through a lot of soul-searching about it without telling him. At first she plans to have an abortion but then decides to return to her hometown and marry a childhood sweetheart who is comfortable with her having a baby. Landing on his feet, the army veteran decides to take up his father's offer of a job and a place to live after all. His father consoles him with the aphorism that when other "flavors" of life pall, "there's always vanilla."
Cast & Crew
Director
George A. Romero
Star
Thomas Ashwell / Nat Carter / Dorrit Chase / Al Croft / Elsie Doughty / Jack Dutch / Ron Jaye / George Kosana / Mike Marracino / Donald Neeld / Ken Peters / Christopher Priore / Bryson Randolph / Roger Ray / Louise Sahene / Eleanor Schirra / Val Stanley / Judith Streiner / Robert Trow / Helen Tumpson
Co-Star
Richard France / Bill Hinzman / Raymond Laine / Bob Stevens / Vincent Survinski / Bob Wilson
Screenwriter
Rudolph J. Ricci
Composer
Barefoot In Athens / Jim Drake / Steve Gorn
Director of Photography
George A. Romero

Movie

Title
Season of the Witch
Release Year
1976
Running Time
130 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Hungry Wives
Categories
Horror/Suspense / Cult Film / Essential Cinema / Occult / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Joan Mitchell (Jan White) is bored with her suburban existence. She is plagued by nightmares involving a man in a demon mask. With an uncommunicative teenage daughter and a husband who is always away on business, she searches for something to fill the void. She becomes intrigued by a practicing witch who lives in the neighborhood, and soon her interest in the black arts becomes more than casual. While learning her craft, she successfully tries a spell that allows her to seduce her daughter's boyfriend. Soon, though, Joan becomes convinced that her husband is responsible for the unpleasantness in her life, and it isn't long before her efforts turn murderous.

Romero's third film (after NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and the little-seen THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA) finds him in a distinctly experimental mode when compared to his other works. Though it relies on clear-cut horror elements (certain sequences are quite chilling), it frequently seems that the director was aiming more for the art house than the drive-in. Fans of Romero's zombie films may be in for a shock upon their first viewing of SEASON OF THE WITCH, but the open-minded horror fan will find plenty to like here.
Notes
The original cut of the film runs 130 minutes.
Cast & Crew
Director
George A. Romero
Star
Ray Lane / Anne Muffly / Bill Thunhurst / Jan White
Screenwriter
George A. Romero
Composer
Steve Gorn
Producer
Nancy M. Romero
Editor
George A. Romero

Movie

Title
Crazies
Release Year
1973
Running Time
103 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Code Name: Trixie
Categories
Horror/Suspense / Cult Film / Disaster / Illness / Political / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller
Synopsis
From the director of zombie classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD comes this chilling film about biological warfare. Made in the shadow of both Vietnam and Watergate, THE CRAZIES is a grim allegory about a government conspiracy against the public that ultimately results in genocide.

The story is set in director George Romero's home state of Pennsylvania. In the film, a government plane carrying a dangerous virus crashes near the small town of Evans City. The virus finds its way into the town's drinking water, turning everyone who is exposed to it into a murderous lunatic. Firefighter David (Will McMillan) and his pregnant wife, Judy (Lane Carroll), remain unaffected but face great danger in trying to escape the town, which has been quarantined by the US army, whose members lurk around every corner, clad in gas masks and protective suits. The President is often depicted as a detached talking head, offering no hope to citizens trapped by the mistakes of his administration.

Similar in tone and structure to his DEAD trilogy, Romero's film overcomes a visibly limited budget to create a colorful 1970s genre film that neatly captures the feeling of governmental distrust that was characteristic of the Vietnam era. With both a social message and plenty of splatter, THE CRAZIES is an underrated but appealing horror film.
Notes
Theatrical Release: March 16, 1973

Cinematographer William Hinzman is also an actor, and appeared as the Cemetary Zombie at the beginning of director George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

The closing credits theme song, "Heaven Help Us," was written by Melissa Manchester and Carole Bayer-Sager.

George Romero appears as mayor of Evansville in the film.
Cast & Crew
Director
George A. Romero
Star
Lane Carroll / Richard France / Lloyd Hollar / Harold Wayne Jones / Richard Liberty / Lynn Lowry / Will McMillan / Harry Spillman
Screenwriter
George A. Romero
Composer
Bruce Roberts
Producer
A.C. Croft
Director of Photography
Bill Hinzman
Editor
George A. Romero
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"[Romero] manages some perfect moments that bring the era's potential horrors into the heart of America..." -- Grade: B
Keith Phipps (24 Feb 2010, )
Sight and Sound
"..Romero's bio-disaster movie carries the allegorical import of his strongest work..."
Matthew Leyland (1 Sep 2003, p.67)
Total Film
"...It's still a lean little thriller..."
Jamie Russell (1 Aug 2003, p.124)
Wall Street Journal
"George A. Romero's low-budget story of a town gone nuts has influenced any number of sci-fi and horror films, from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND to 28 DAYS LATER."
John Anderson (26 Feb 2010, )