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BOSCO “ACTION SPACE MAN” SIGN PROTOTYPE ORIGINAL ART by Scout Paget

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<br />Mixed media prototype original art for sign promoting 1950s Bosco chocolate syrup premium - 'Space Man Riding A Space Station Scooter'.

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Trailer for George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) [source]

From a screenplay by George Romero & John Russo.  It was completed on a $114,000 budget and premiered October 1, 1968.  The film became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally.

The blood used in the film was Bosco Chocolate Syrup drizzled over cast members’ bodies.  Consumed flesh consisted of roasted ham and entrails donated by one of the actors, who also owned a chain of butcher shops.

One of the reasons this movie became such a cult hit was because it was so shocking.  It came out a month before the MPAA ratings were in place, and at the time (the 1950s and 1960s) horror movies – especially those shown with gimmicks by William Castle – had become more like carnival fun-houses, good for harmless thrills and very popular with kids and teens.  So kids and teens coming to this expected spoopy fun, not blood-curdling terror.  When Roger Ebert saw it, he reportedly saw kids sitting stone-still, silently weeping in stunned horror.  If it had premiered a month later, it probably would’ve received a PG rating and been exposed to far fewer kids & teens.

Night of the Living Dead entered the public domain in the United States because the original theatrical distributor, the Walter Reade Organization, neglected to place a copyright indication on the prints, and in 1968, United States copyright law required a proper notice for a work to maintain a copyright.  Image Ten, the film’s production company, displayed such a notice on the title frames of the film beneath the original title, Night of the Flesh Eaters, but the distributor removed the statement when it changed the title.  In part because of its public domain status, this film has been a popular choice for computer colorization.  There are actually three known colorized versions – one released by Hal Roach Studios in 1986, one from Anchor Bay Entertainment in 1997, and one produced by Legend Films in 2004 –  all radically different from each other, and each tending to be inaccurate in different ways.  For instance, the Hal Roach version colored Barbra and Johnny’s car yellow, the Anchor Bay version colored it blue, and the Legend Films version colored it red.  The real color of the car?  Green.  The 1986 and 2004 versions also featured green-skinned zombies while the 1997 version went with regular flesh tones.

Romero himself has a brief appearance in the movie, as one of the Washington, D.C. reporters.

anonymous asked:

I lean into his kiss before turning my attention to the television, wrapping my arms around his waist as the movie started up. I pulled my legs up onto the couch and curled up beneath 2D's arm, my fingers toying with the fabric of his shirt. -shy anon

2D, as usual, is completely enraptured by the movie. He mouths along to some of the lines, occasionally whispering things like “Oh, he’s about to jump up now, he’s not really dead,” and “Did y’know that all the blood in the film was Bosco chocolate syrup? Must’ve been hell to clean up”.