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In the 1990's, George A. Romero had written a full screenplay for a movie length adaptation of Welcome To Dead House with a focus on the plastics factory accident and themes of capitalism and greed. In Romero's screenplay, the dead people of Dark Falls are not ghouls, but instead zombies. Moreover, they are sympathetic characters who want to be set free and able to rest in peace, while being forced by an overarching town leader named Foster DeVries to lure in new victims to keep the town sustained. Foster DeVries was an original creation of Romero's, and not a character from the original book; responsible for the plastics factory accident that killed the townspeople, DeVries becomes the primary antagonist, while Stine's original antagonists become fellow victims, like the Benson Family, who are able to die in peace after being saved by Amanda and Josh. This would have been one of the earliest examples of Romero's sympathetic, sentient zombie, after sentient zombie "Bub" from Day of the Dead. For a variety of reasons, Romero's screenplay was scrapped although after his death, the screenplay was revealed to be stored (albeit unavailable to the general public) by The University of Pittsburgh.

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