‘Dead’ enlivens Vegas fest

Romero's latest zombie pic to close CineVegas

George A. Romero’s “Land of the Dead” has been selected to close the CineVegas Film Festival on June 18.

Pic is the fourth installment of Romero’s celebrated horror franchise, beginning with “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) and continuing with “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) and “Day of the Dead” (1985).

“Land” stars Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy and John Leguizamo and will be released by Universal on June 24. In the film, zombies have taken over the Earth and are trying to destroy the last remnants of the human race, who have taken refuge in a walled-in city.

Pic’s world preem is slated for June 18 at the Palms in Las Vegas. Romero will also receive the fest’s 2005 Vanguard Director Award from “Land” producer Mark Canton. Past honorees include David Lynch and Julian Schnabel.

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