With Orson Welles' "The Other Side of the Wind" having finally been released, I think it's safe to say that now George Romero's “The Amusement Park” may have taken its spot as the "best movie never released."
Author Daniel Kraus, a Guillermo del Toro collaborator, tweeted about watching the film yesterday and, suffice to say, he was impressed. Kraus called the film a “revelation” and “Romero’s most overtly horrifying film” other than “Night of the Living Dead,” calling it “hugely upsetting in form & function.”
Kraus went on to add in a later tweet: “The film is far too powerful for American society…It must remain under lock & key never seeing the light of day,” adding “It was never shown publicly. The people who funded it wouldn’t allow it. And no wonder. It’s hellish. In Romero’s long career of criticizing American institutions, never was he so merciless.”Kraus went on to state that he would help restore the film and release it to the public: "This is truly one of those magical (cursed?) objects that I cannot believe has fallen through the cinematic cracks. We’ll drag it back.”
The George A. Romero Foundation’s website is now accepting donations to help restore and release “The Amusement Park.”