Magazine article Variety

Horror Film from Romero Clan Restored

Magazine article Variety

Horror Film from Romero Clan Restored

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ON AUG. 22, genre fans will be able to watch a 4K Blu-ray rerelease of "Effects," the scary 1980 DIY movie starring several friends of the late George Romero in which crew members on the set of a horror film within the film begin to suspect that the killings in the movie are real and that they're actually making a snuffdocumentary.

"We knew that the print we had was rare since the original movie didn't have a wide release," says Joe Ziemba, director of the American Genre Film Archive.

John Harrison, a longtime Romero collaborator and a director on "Tales From the Darkside," had a print, but it was damaged, and the original 16mm negative is lost. So AGFA's 35mm print, a blowup from the lost negative, is the only known intact print of "Effects."

It's an "unfortunate coincidence," Ziemba says, that the film is being released shortly after Romero's death.

Sebastian del Castillo, AGFA's head archivist, says that when the decision was made to rerelease "Effects" in 4K, his first step was to make a few repairs. …

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