47 years since turning investors away with 1973 production, The Amusement Park, a print of George A. Romero’s long lost film was unearthed a few years ago by author Daniel Kraus, now bringing to life hopes of reviving the late legendary horror filmmaker’s decades-old horror thriller, with Yellow Veil Pictures announcing its world sales acquisition of the film on Thursday.
The Amusement Park stars Lincoln Maazel (Martin) as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented, and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies, and humiliations of aging in America manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds.
Restored by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Romero, New York’s own IndieCollect took the reigns for the film’s new 4K restoration. The film was originally commissioned by the Lutheran Society to raise awareness about ageism and elder abuse, and is described by Romero himself as “perhaps his wildest, most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older.”
Yellow Veil Pictures Co-Founder Justin Timms said “We couldn’t be more excited to team up with the George A. Romero Foundation to bring this horrifying lost film to audiences. George’s work here, as always, is an unnerving criticism of American society, this time embodied through a relentless amusement park”
Suzanne Romero added, “Though not in the horror genre it is George’s most terrifying film. It has Romero’s unique footprint all over it!”