Monday, November 5, 2012

Dope Island endorsed Mitt Romney for President! (here's why)

Not particularly enthused about either of the mainstream presidential candidates - but quite charmed by the comedy possibilities invariably brought to the mix by whoever tends to represent the Establishment - I made this spoof of a negative campaign ad, using footage from the 1968 public-domain classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. You can take it as sarcasm or take it literally, fine by me. I habitually vote for some third-party weirdo in any given presidential race, so that whatever disaster ensues, the blood isn't on my hands. Maybe someday, if enough people adopt this method, we'll actually elect one of those third-party weirdos by accident, as in PUTNEY SWOPE, but I can't realistically see it happening in large electorates.

What I want you to notice here is something at which I've marveled for a long while. NOLD, being uncopyrighted, has previously been much "revised," usually with humorous intentions. There's at least one full-length knockoff with an entire "comedy" replacement soundtrack, and who knows how many other mashups, mix-em-ups and "rifftraxed" editions and badly degraded multi-generational print dupes. But I still find that the imagery is so elementally disturbing, the narrative so uncompromisingly grim, that visceral chills survive - even in the joke versions. The night after making this I had some bad dreams about being hunted by flesh-eating zombies, I must confess. George Romero, John Russo and their cast and crew did THAT good a job on their little indie 16mm feature. It really gets under one's skin.

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