Here’s a weird idea: let’s hire a horror movie director to make a public service film. In the 1970s, a Lutheran organization commissioned George Romero to do just that - write a film about the undoubtedly serious problem of the disastrous living conditions of the elderly. The finished product was shelved right after its premiere and believed lost. Recently rediscovered and restored, it's now easy to imagine the perplexed expressions on the faces of the original producers. The Amusement Park turns out to be not so much an educational piece as a blunt satire intended to make viewers uncomfortable. Romero shows this world is no place for the elderly by making a young man wander the titular park, an allegorical space where not everyone has equal fun. The action unfolds in a series of nightmarish, comically exaggerated episodes, accompanied by an unbearable cacophony - the buzzing sound of someone else's happiness.
George A. Romero (1940-2017) was born in New York and studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He made his debut with the low-budget Night of the Living Dead, which became a franchise and one of the most influential horror films in the history of the genre. Later, he often made zombie films, including Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. His output also includes films such as Martin and The Dark Half.
1968 Noc żywych trupów / Night of the Living Dead
1975 Park rozrywki / The Amusement Park
1978 Świt żywych trupów / Dawn of the Dead
1985 Dzień żywych trupów / Day of the Dead
1993 Mroczna połowa / The Dark Half