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    The Franchise Files – Land of the Dead (2005)

    Finally, after twenty years, George A. Romero would release a film in the franchise he started, in the genre he revolutionized, with Land of the Dead. And although there are some questionable aspects about it, the movie is nevertheless a solid entry into the series. Filled with political allegory and disgusting, flesh-eating...
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    The Franchise Files – Dawn of the Dead (2004)

    There’s a general sense of hatred in the horror community for remakes, and I think it’s silly. Sometimes, yes, they’re cash grabs – but many fail to realize that some of our other horror favorites are cash grabs as well. Think about, oh, I don’t know, nearly every single Stephen...
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    The Franchise Files – Night of the Living Dead (1990)

    As far as remakes go, the 1990 version of Night of the Living Dead is a pretty interesting one – but only really if you’re curious about what goes on behind the scenes. The actual movie is more or less a direct replicant of the original except in color and some...
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    The Franchise Files – Day of the Dead (1985)

    The Franchise Files returns this week with Romero’s third installment in his Dead franchise, trading in neon pink blood for something much more dark and repulsive. Originally intended to be the Gone with the Wind of zombie movies, Romero’s Day of the Dead was conceptualized as a sweeping horror epic, but what he ended up producing...
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    The Franchise Files – Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    Sometime during the year of 1974, George Romero paid a visit to the Monroeville Mall in Pennsylvania, invited by a friend whose company took part in managing it. The building was full of shoppers. They seemed blissfully ignorant of anything that was going on in the world outside of...
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    The Franchise Files – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    In a world where The Walking Dead continues to consume pop culture, it’s hard to imagine a time where zombies did not exist in the way we know them today. They’re everywhere. They’re sometimes cute, like in Plants versus Zombies. Other times, they’re hilarious, like in Fido. But in 1968, they existed in a form...
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    The Franchise Files – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

    In only a few short years, Freddy Krueger went from being a horrifying monster to a comedic maniac who gleefully killed for sport, spewing one-liners and taking audiences to exotic locations. In short, Freddy just was not scary anymore, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, though an excellent film, could not erase...
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    The Franchise Files – Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

    I had always been a big fan of New Nightmare, the seventh installment of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The fact that it revamped Freddy to be dark, ominous, and scary again was a big selling point to the movie for me. However, after experiencing some of the previous entries to...
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    The Franchise Files – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

    Even Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare wasn’t intended to be the last in the Elm Street franchise, the title would have been astoundingly accurate. If the legacy of Freddy Krueger wasn’t dead before the sixth film, it sure was after. And though I hate to admit it, I’m glad the series took a...
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