Oh, Edgar.

Maybe he figures, with as much respect as I have for him, with as much geek cred as he has, he can afford to lose a little bit. Unfortunately Edgar Wright—the creator of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and the new film LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, which I haven’t been able to see yet but definitely will, despite the unfortunate timing of the release, sandwiched as it is between DUNE and ETERNALS (What were they thinking?! This movie should have opened in January or February, when there was little in the way of competition at the box office. Oh, well, they didn’t ask me.)—has lost a little of my respect, because he didn’t care for THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. In his own words: “I don’t love The Return of the Living Dead as much as some other people. I love the first half hour. The stuff with James Karen and Clu Gulager at the start of the movie is just great. But then the second half, when there’s a lot of people screaming at each other, it’s like, ‘I could take it or leave it.’” He seems to realize, after it’s too late and the words are already out, the gravity of such a pronouncement. “This is going to be heresy, people are going to hate me. Everybody’s like, ‘What?! You don’t like that movie?!’ I don’t want to bad-mouth a beloved cult classic. People that love The Return of the Living Dead: I get it. I’m not casting any aspersions…”.

Well, nobody’s perfect. My own dearest personal heroes were highly flawed individuals. Writers, actors, creators. They achieved great things but had significant personal failings. To that list we must sadly add Edgar Wright.

Ima still go see his new movie, though.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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