The Amusement Park

  • 53'
  • USA
  • 1973

The Amusement Park was for a long time a mystery title in the filmography of George A. Romero, the master who defined Zombie cinema aesthetically and politically like no other auteur. It was considered lost, yet like so much lost, now it is found.

This slightly biblical-sounding phrase fits the film’s origins only too well, as it was produced for an entity called Lutheran Services! They asked Romero whether he could make a long social film about the barbarities modern life has on offer for its senior citizens – certainly not expecting that they’d get a full-blown horror film. But this is exactly what he delivered!

Like all of Romero’s major works, The Amusement Park hollers its message out into the world. It disturbs. It makes you nervous. It makes you want to do something about the outrages witnessed. And it’s not tasteful – you can’t push it away.

Director
George A. Romero
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1973
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
53'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Richard P. Rubinstein
Production Company
Laurel Tape & Film
Sales
Yellow Veil Pictures
Screenplay
Wally Cook
Cinematography
Samuel William Hinzman
Editor
George A. Romero
Sound Design
Michael Gornick
Cast
Lincoln Maazel, Phyllis Casterwiler, Harry Albacker, Sally Erwin, Pete Chovan