Shudder has snagged the rights to George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park, a film previously thought “lost.” AMC’s all-horror/thriller streamer plans to debut the newly restored print of the film this Summer in all of its territories including the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and North America.
Much like the rest of Romero’s catalog of films, The Amusement Park is an allegory, this time for the harsh realities of aging.
The film stars Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who becomes increasingly disoriented and agitated inside an amusement park as the harsh reality of aging are demonstrated repeatedly by the rides, crowds, and employees around him.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news exclusively earlier today including a quote from Shudder’s general manager saying: “The moment we heard The Amusement Park had been rediscovered and was being restored, we knew we had to bring this unseen George A. Romero masterpiece to Shudder members.”
Romero was no stranger to making socio-political statements in his films. From Night of the Living Dead through his extensive career, his films were filled with statements on the dangers of commercialism and materialism in the U.S. as well as tackling subjects like racial and gender inequity.
In addition to the announcement, Shudder has released the official poster for the film by Polish artist Aleksander Wasilewski. You can see that full artwork below.
Shudder will premiere The Amusement Park in Summer 2021. iHorror will keep you updated when a solid date is announced. Are you excited to see the film? Let us know what you think in the comments below!