Land of the Dead banned in the Ukraine !

MacReady

Snooping around the net for news i just read that George Romero's "Land of the Dead" has been banned in the Ukraine. According to Variety the Ukraine's Culture Ministry has banned the local release of Romero's latest zombie movie citing cultural sensitivities.

The movie's  graphic depictions of cannibalism could be too close to living memory for some Ukrainians, the Culture Ministry's expert says. Commission member Maksym Rostotsky told the local press that "The memory of the Holodomor (the famine that killed millions in the country and sparked episodes of cannibalism) of 1933 is still fresh in our society," and "A movie with scenes of people being eaten alive should not be given the go-ahead."

Despide the problems in the Ukraine, the movie does very well on the other side of the border. In Russia "Land of the Dead" was released by UIP in August with only 90 prints, and made more than US$1 million in 18 days.

In this new tale, which arrives on DVD October 18th, George Romero creates a harrowing vision of a modern-day world where the walking dead roam an uninhabited wasteland and the living try to lead normal lives behind the walls of a fortified city.

A new society has been built by a handful of enterprising, ruthless opportunists who live in the tower of a skyscraper, high above the hard-scrabble existence on the streets  below. But outside the city walls, an army of the dead is evolving. Inside, anarchy is on the rise. With the very survival of the city at stake, a group of hardened mercenaries is called into action to protect the living from an army of the dead.

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