For those of still grieving the loss of horrormaster George A. Romero, who died in Toronto on July 16, here's a nice treat. Those intrepid bastards over at Bloody Disgusting have managed to unearth the film that Romero himself described as the "scariest I've ever made."
"What I really mean," the filmmaker added, about his very first job prior to making commercials, industrial films, and eventually Night of the Living Dead in 1968, "is that I was scared shitless while I was trying to pull it off."
Please enjoy "Mr. Rogers Gets a Tonsillectomy", in which our Neighbourhood hero arrives for minor surgery wearing a bow tie, puts on a hospital gown, and then observes, "Since I'm a grown-up man, I'm not used to wearing skirts." As a bonus, the clip also features an extended cameo by Mrs. Rogers.
While the 11-minute segment seems rather innocuous on the surface, anyone with a deeper appreciation of Mr. Romero's work will of course recognize a characteristically searing political allegory about the dissolution of the American nuclear family.