It is with heavy hearts that we join the rest of the zombie, horror, and genre entertainment community in saying farewell to a true legend, the Father of the Modern Zombie himself – George A. Romero, 77. From the 1968 classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD through five further films and a remake of NIGHT, Romero helped to shape the modern conception of the zombie, establishing a storytelling framework that enabled him and countless other creators that followed him to use the zombie as a versatile figure for exploring the human condition. His other films, such as THE CRAZIES, MARTIN, CREEPSHOW, and THE DARK HALF added to his horror legacy, but it is with the zombie genre that Romero will forever be associated. Although the man has left us, his name and work will remain, triumphantly undead and eternally meaningful.
We discussed Romero’s legacy on four episodes of the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast so far, and we invite everyone to join us in revisiting those conversations as a fitting tribute to a man that so successfully blended horror with sociopolitical and cultural commentary, opening our eyes to the true nature of our fellow human beings and, regardless of budgetary or other limitations, aiming always for our heads.
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The original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is an indisputable classic, the beginning of the modern zombie genre and a deeply meaningful film on many levels. In a past episode, Arnold and Scott delved into that movie’s rich history and legacy, but this time around it’s time to talk about the often maligned but still very intriguing 1990 remake helmed by none other than special effects guru Tom Savini! So settle in, you yo-yos, and listen as the guys chat about the atmospheric and thematically fascinating NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1990! After all, you came back…you…came back…
By popular demand! At long last (and just in time for their 85th episode), Arnold and Scott turn their attention to one of the most apocalyptic achievements of horror cinema, the conclusion of George Romero’s first immortal trilogy of zombie mayhem, DAY OF THE DEAD (1985)! In this special tribute installment, the guys chat about favorite moments from such an oft-viewed classic, themes that resonate as powerfully in 2016 as they did in 1985, and some of the reasons why the zombies of DAY represent the apex of effects mastery by Tom Savini and his dedicated team. Head down into the salt mines (and get ready to do a lot of yelling), tell Bub to say hello to his Aunt Alicia, and have yourself one truly horrific day!
…But wait, that’s not all! After all, 1985 was “The Year of the Zombie,” so Arnold and Scott also talk about other unforgettable zombie milestones like THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, RE-ANIMATOR, LIFEFORCE, WARNING SIGN, and a number of others you might not even remember!
Well…hmm. We need to talk about that scene in the latest ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, “The Morgue!” But first, it’s time to catch up with Murphy at the Museum of Progress in Spokane and the rest of the survivors on the newest Z NATION, “Escorpion and the Red Hand!” Also, if you’re in the Evans City, PA area this weekend, check out the Living Dead Weekend and catch Arnold’s lecture – “Zombies 101: Monsters with Meaning” – Sunday at 12-1pm!
Oh, and be warned that because of the extreme subject matter in this week’s ASH, we loosened up on language a little in this one.
It was back to the Walker Stalker convention for the first weekend in October, this time held outside Philadelphia, PA! We arrived on the 1st of the month – the 48th anniversary of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – and had a wonderful time meeting new friends and reuniting with a few old ones. And best of all, it was time for me to meet up with the folks from Z NATION!
Brace yourself, because this is a huge photo-essay with over 40 pictures (including a few animated GIFs)…or is that 50?…and every one of them has a caption that tells part of the story! And that was pared down from over 700! On we go…
Oh, one last thing. My father, Marvin Blumberg, is as big a Z NATION fan as DOCTOR OF THE DEAD co-host and producer Scott Woodard and I are, and since his birthday was just days earlier on September 29th, I asked the cast if they wouldn’t mind recording a brief greeting…
And that’s all from Walker Stalker Philly 2016! Until next time!
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