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90: Resurrection of a Legend – The 1990 Remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

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…

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The Doctor of the Dead at Walker Stalker Philly 2016

meavatarjessIt 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…

Let's DO this! We're about to head into Walker Stalker Philadelphia 2016... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Let’s DO this! We’re about to head into Walker Stalker Philadelphia 2016…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
First thing we did was locate the Z NATION team as they greeted fans, signed autographs, and posed for pictures.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
First thing we did was locate the Z NATION team as they greeted fans, signed autographs, and posed for pictures.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Doesn't Nat's photo make him look so sad? Aww. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Doesn’t Nat’s photo make him look so sad? Aww.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Russell signed his banner; what a collectible! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Russell signed his banner; what a collectible!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The Z Nation team have such a great rapport with everyone. Anastasia Baranova hugs a fan, while "The" Murphy meets...another Murphy! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The Z Nation team have such a great rapport with everyone. Anastasia Baranova hugs a fan, while “The” Murphy meets…another Murphy!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were all manner of vendors and organizations in attendance, including the Zombie Mud Run truck. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were all manner of vendors and organizations in attendance, including the Zombie Mud Run truck.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
In this collage you'll see a zombie keeper and his puppety charge, Fake Negan and Fake Daryl shooting the breeze instead of each other, zombies consulting a guide for where to shamble next, and a gleeful attendee sticking it to the undead. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
In this collage you’ll see a zombie keeper and his puppety charge, Fake Negan and Fake Daryl shooting the breeze instead of each other, zombies consulting a guide for where to shamble next, and a gleeful attendee sticking it to the undead.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Some of the dealers included the Evans City-based Living Dead Museum, Big Papa's Collectibles (where I bought some LEGO minifigs; more on that later), and - of course - "Stuff and Thangs." Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Some of the dealers included the Evans City-based Living Dead Museum, Big Papa’s Collectibles (where I bought some LEGO minifigs; more on that later), and – of course – “Stuff and Thangs.”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Need weapons for the apocalypse? They've got you covered at Walker Stalker. Perhaps...TOO covered. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Need weapons for the apocalypse? They’ve got you covered at Walker Stalker. Perhaps…TOO covered.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to get a Lucasfilm-licensed tattoo on site? Yup, that appears to be a thing. Who knew? Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to get a Lucasfilm-licensed tattoo on site? Yup, that appears to be a thing. Who knew?
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This laughing zombie was soliciting attendees to come into the fencing for a photo op, but he creeped the hell out of me.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This laughing zombie was soliciting attendees to come into the fencing for a photo op, but he creeped the hell out of me.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Artist Rob Prior was back to work his phenomenal illustrative magic. This time around, we saw him beginning an extraordinary triptych of Catwomen! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Artist Rob Prior was back to work his phenomenal illustrative magic. This time around, we saw him beginning an extraordinary triptych of Catwomen!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The con began on October 1st, the official anniversary of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and Johnny himself - Russ Streiner - was in attendance, with pink hair no less! It was back to normal the next day, so I suppose this was a "birthday" color?  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The con began on October 1st, the official anniversary of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and Johnny himself – Russ Streiner – was in attendance, with pink hair no less! It was back to normal the next day, so I suppose this was a “birthday” color?
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There he is folks, the man everyone is trying to see! Natalie was able to get a much closer shot of the man himself, Norman "Daryl" Reedus, in comparison to our long-distance glimpses at Walker Stalker NJ. And look, no sunglasses! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There he is folks, the man everyone is trying to see! Natalie was able to get a much closer shot of the man himself, Norman “Daryl” Reedus, in comparison to our long-distance glimpses at Walker Stalker NJ. And look, no sunglasses!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
No...I don't think so. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
No…I don’t think so.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Zombies love me for my brains. I know, that's an old one, but I'm entitled. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Zombies love me for my brains. I know, that’s an old one, but I’m entitled.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Hey look, it's Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum sporting a snazzy Rick Grimes hat and spinning the "Wheel of Lucille!" Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Hey look, it’s Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum sporting a snazzy Rick Grimes hat and spinning the “Wheel of Lucille!”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
On Saturday, I was joined by the "Nightly Nerd," Bailey Hyneman, to chat with THE WALKING DEAD's Tyreese, Chad L. Coleman! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
On Saturday, I was joined by the “Nightly Nerd,” Bailey Hyneman, to chat with THE WALKING DEAD’s Tyreese, Chad L. Coleman!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

At the end of our panel, I presented Chad with a custom LEGO minifig of Tyreese (courtesy of Big Papa's)! Photo by @FeatherMishap
At the end of our panel, I presented Chad with a custom LEGO minifig of Tyreese (courtesy of Big Papa’s)!
Photo by @FeatherMishap

(See @FeatherMishap‘s entire album of the panel here)

On Sunday, it was time for the main event (for me anyway): A panel with the Z NATION cast! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
On Sunday, it was time for the main event (for me anyway): A panel with the Z NATION cast!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were smiles all around as we talked about everything from the big Season 2-set movie, "No Mercy," to recent episodes in the newly premiered Season 3. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were smiles all around as we talked about everything from the big Season 2-set movie, “No Mercy,” to recent episodes in the newly premiered Season 3.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Russell "Doc" Hodgkinson promises a special strain of Z Weed for your local dispensaries. I don't doubt him. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Russell “Doc” Hodgkinson promises a special strain of Z Weed for your local dispensaries. I don’t doubt him.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It was a fast-moving and eventful hour; why, we didn't know where to look first! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It was a fast-moving and eventful hour; why, we didn’t know where to look first!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Keith "Murphy" Allan delights in his newfound dedication to leadership in the post-apocalypse! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Keith “Murphy” Allan delights in his newfound dedication to leadership in the post-apocalypse!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There's something so mesmerizing about The Murphy... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There’s something so mesmerizing about The Murphy…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Nat "10K" Zang looks like he's about to lose control as Anastasia "Addy" Baranova tells it like it is! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Nat “10K” Zang looks like he’s about to lose control as Anastasia “Addy” Baranova tells it like it is!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
We eagerly await the next question from a huge and really engaged audience of devoted Z NATION fans. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
We eagerly await the next question from a huge and really engaged audience of devoted Z NATION fans.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The question came up: "Where was Vasquez during the events of 'No Mercy?'" Nat tells me to "just let it go, man!" All right!  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The question came up: “Where was Vasquez during the events of ‘No Mercy?'” Nat tells me to “just let it go, man!” All right!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A fan teaches the Z NATIONers how to dab! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A fan teaches the Z NATIONers how to dab!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Me and the Z NATION team after the panel, #StrongerTogether! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Me and the Z NATION team after the panel, #StrongerTogether!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The end of Sunday brought my panel with Jason Cabassi on the "Evolution of the Zombie." Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The end of Sunday brought my panel with Jason Cabassi on the “Evolution of the Zombie.”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
During the panel, we fielded questions on the origins of the zombie genre and what we prefer - shamblers or runners? So you know, the usual. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
During the panel, we fielded questions on the origins of the zombie genre and what we prefer – shamblers or runners? So you know, the usual.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It's always great fun chatting with Jason and fans about how this whole crazy zombie thing got started. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It’s always great fun chatting with Jason and fans about how this whole crazy zombie thing got started.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A powerhouse Walker Stalker team! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A powerhouse Walker Stalker team!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
And here's a look at the woman behind the camera, Natalie Litofsky, with her "apoca-pants!" Photo by Jason Cabassi
And here’s a look at the woman behind the camera, Natalie Litofsky, with her “apoca-pants!”
Photo by Jason Cabassi
On the way out, I was struck by how much this reminded me of the doorway at the Haddonfield hospital at the end of HALLOWEEN II.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
On the way out, I was struck by how much this reminded me of the doorway at the Haddonfield hospital at the end of HALLOWEEN II.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
So I mentioned LEGO minifigs. I bought a group of custom zombies and zombie fighters, including takes on WALKING DEAD characters like Carol, Andrea...and Daryl! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
So I mentioned LEGO minifigs. I bought a group of custom zombies and zombie fighters, including takes on WALKING DEAD characters like Carol, Andrea…and Daryl!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
...And yes, Daryl has his wings printed on the back too! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
…And yes, Daryl has his wings printed on the back too!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The zombie minifigs are formidable - they've beheaded other LEGO minifigs and carry the trophies! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The zombie minifigs are formidable – they’ve beheaded other LEGO minifigs and carry the trophies!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Lurking behind them is the Headless Horseman from a SCOOBY DOO set, just because. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Lurking behind them is the Headless Horseman from a SCOOBY DOO set, just because.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
With ribs exposed, this LEGO minifig is a macabre image in plastic. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
With ribs exposed, this LEGO minifig is a macabre image in plastic.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

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!

The Doctor of the Dead Visits Evans City PA – The Living Dead Museum (Part Three of Three)

meavatarjessuJZDfxbFAs covered in the first installment of this multi-part journey to the home of zombie history, Evans City PA, we visited the local cemetery and briefly inhabited the same space as the likes of Judith O’Dea, Russ Streiner, and Bill Hinzman from the opening sequence of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!

But that was the second part of the day. First, we traveled to a deceptively quiet street and a distinctively decorated store front to meet with Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum, a veritable treasure trove of information, artifacts, and memorabilia related to NIGHT, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, and many other aspects of zombie genre history dating both before and after Romero’s immortal trilogy.

Formerly based in the Monroeville Mall, site of DAWN, the museum is now just minutes away from the aforementioned Evans City Cemetery. In the second installment of this series, we covered the beginning of the museum visit. Now it’s time to finish this photo-essay review of a one-of-a-kind zombie destination!

One of my favorite parts of the museum is a long timeline that runs around the perimeter, placing NIGHT and Romero's films in historic context. First up, a look at where zombies began! This guy's a big boy now, Johnny! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
One of my favorite parts of the museum is a long timeline that runs around the perimeter, placing NIGHT and Romero’s films in historic context. First up, a look at where zombies began! This guy’s a big boy now, Johnny!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The timeline truly begins with the debut of the modern zombie in 1968. Watch out for those Blind Dead...they can hear your heartbeat! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The timeline truly begins with the debut of the modern zombie in 1968. Watch out for those Blind Dead…they can hear your heartbeat!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Two truly superb full-color zombie romps with gore galore occupy an early part of the timeline. "Gather 'round, children!" Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Two truly superb full-color zombie romps with gore galore occupy an early part of the timeline. “Gather ’round, children!”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A face only a(n undead) mother could love! The TRUE start of the modern zombie as we know it today starts in that memorable mall... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A face only a(n undead) mother could love! The TRUE start of the modern zombie as we know it today starts in that memorable mall…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin keeps the timeline going right to the present, which will definitely please fans of everything from 28 DAYS LATER (yes, yes, for the thousandth time, it counts) to Z NATION and iZOMBIE! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin keeps the timeline going right to the present, which will definitely please fans of everything from 28 DAYS LATER (yes, yes, for the thousandth time, it counts) to Z NATION and iZOMBIE!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I temporarily take my place in the annals of zombie history, joined by some very familiar and handsome companions! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I temporarily take my place in the annals of zombie history, joined by some very familiar and handsome companions!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
"Am I doing it right, Michael?" Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
“Am I doing it right, Michael?”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
"It's Father's Day!" Well no, it's not, but it IS good ol' Nate from CREEPSHOW! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
“It’s Father’s Day!” Well no, it’s not, but it IS good ol’ Nate from CREEPSHOW!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin and other locals take perhaps even more pride in the Evans City-set Romero film THE CRAZIES, which also gets a showcase in the museum. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin and other locals take perhaps even more pride in the Evans City-set Romero film THE CRAZIES, which also gets a showcase in the museum.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to dress the part? The Living Dead Museum has you covered...literally! Well, at least the top part of you... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to dress the part? The Living Dead Museum has you covered…literally! Well, at least the top part of you…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Some great poster prints are available to decorate any home environment in "Early Modern Zombie." Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Some great poster prints are available to decorate any home environment in “Early Modern Zombie.”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin graciously offered to carry ZOMBIEMANIA alongside many other illustrious tomes, but sadly my book is currently out of print. One day... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin graciously offered to carry ZOMBIEMANIA alongside many other illustrious tomes, but sadly my book is currently out of print. One day…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The back of the museum features a "Maul of Fame" that showcases bloody handprints from numerous zombie history icons. And there's the hands of the man himself, Ken "Peter" Foree! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The back of the museum features a “Maul of Fame” that showcases bloody handprints from numerous zombie history icons. And there’s the hands of the man himself, Ken “Peter” Foree!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
And there we are getting a unique round of applause from the past - Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum, and me, the Doctor of the Dead! What a day! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
And there we are getting a unique round of applause from the past – Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum, and me, the Doctor of the Dead! What a day!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

It was a fantastic visit, and I hope I find myself back there soon. I hope you all enjoyed seeing this sojourn into the past too! “It’s hard for us here to be reporting this to you, but it does seem to be a fact…”

Listen to our discussion on the undying classic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, on episode 68 of DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

Listen to our conversation about the horror landmark, DAWN OF THE DEAD, on episode 78 of DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

The Doctor of the Dead Visits Evans City PA – The Living Dead Museum (Part Two of Three)

meavatarjessuJZDfxbFAs covered in the first installment of this multi-part journey to the home of zombie history, Evans City PA, we visited the local cemetery and briefly inhabited the same space as the likes of Judith O’Dea, Russ Streiner, and Bill Hinzman from the opening sequence of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!

But that was the second part of the day. First, we traveled to a deceptively quiet street and a distinctively decorated store front to meet with Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum, a veritable treasure trove of information, artifacts, and memorabilia related to NIGHT, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, and many other aspects of zombie genre history dating both before and after Romero’s immortal trilogy.

Formerly based in the Monroeville Mall, site of DAWN, the museum is now just minutes away from the aforementioned Evans City Cemetery. We’ll cover the museum visit in two installments, because it’s just too big an event to encompass in a single post. In this gallery, we arrive at the museum, and encounter some amazing and authentic artifacts from Romero’s original cinematic cycle!

The wonderful museum logo on the entrance door.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The wonderful museum logo on the entrance door.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Loving those window treatments! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Loving those window treatments!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I flipped this one horizontally so you could clearly read the reflection of the all-too-appropriate Boylan Funeral Home across the street. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I flipped this one horizontally so you could clearly read the reflection of the all-too-appropriate Boylan Funeral Home across the street.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Inside, a marquee welcomes visitors to the home of horror cinema history! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Inside, a marquee welcomes visitors to the home of horror cinema history!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I don't know about you, but I think that ticket taker looks a bit ill. Best to move on into the museum quickly... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I don’t know about you, but I think that ticket taker looks a bit ill. Best to move on into the museum quickly…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
One of the first things you're greeted with at the museum is a wall of autographed photos, including these two from some familiar faces! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
One of the first things you’re greeted with at the museum is a wall of autographed photos, including these two from some familiar faces!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Need a refreshing beverage while you visit? The museum has you covered! Glad it isn't Lucozade (BIO-ZOMBIE fans will get this one). Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Need a refreshing beverage while you visit? The museum has you covered! Glad it isn’t Lucozade (BIO-ZOMBIE fans will get this one).
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Naturally the museum has quite a bit of space devoted to the film that redefined the zombie in the modern era - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. After a fascinating wall of behind-the-scenes and publicity stills, I ran into this gentleman and tried to join him in his crooked-jawed excitement! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Naturally the museum has quite a bit of space devoted to the film that redefined the zombie in the modern era – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. After a fascinating wall of behind-the-scenes and publicity stills, I ran into this gentleman and tried to join him in his crooked-jawed excitement!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
You never know what you might see at the museum, like this original screen-used ammo belt worn by George "Sheriff McClelland" Kosana in NIGHT! Sheriff McClelland
You never know what you might see at the museum, like this original screen-used ammo belt worn by George “Sheriff McClelland” Kosana in NIGHT!
Sheriff McClelland
One entire corner of the museum floor is devoted to some stunning displays celebrating the film that truly established the modern conception of the zombie even moreso than NIGHT: DAWN OF THE DEAD! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
One entire corner of the museum floor is devoted to some stunning displays celebrating the film that truly established the modern conception of the zombie even moreso than NIGHT: DAWN OF THE DEAD!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I take a look at some actual screen-used props from DAWN OF THE DEAD, including limbs and a gas mask. All in a day's work. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I take a look at some actual screen-used props from DAWN OF THE DEAD, including limbs and a gas mask. All in a day’s work.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A huge diorama along one wall re-creates sections of the Monroeville Mall as seen in DAWN, including this section including a bit of the ice rink. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A huge diorama along one wall re-creates sections of the Monroeville Mall as seen in DAWN, including this section including a bit of the ice rink.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I wonder if those poor figures on the top floor will make it out alive; probably not. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I wonder if those poor figures on the top floor will make it out alive; probably not.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Are you humming "The Gonk" right now like I am? Good. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Are you humming “The Gonk” right now like I am? Good.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin gave us a tantalizing glimpse of the original elevator doors seen in the film, awaiting a day when he can set up the elevator as a photo opportunity for patrons. And look, isn't that splashed fake blood from the production?  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Kevin gave us a tantalizing glimpse of the original elevator doors seen in the film, awaiting a day when he can set up the elevator as a photo opportunity for patrons. And look, isn’t that splashed fake blood from the production?
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There are some wonderful alternate and foreign posters for many zombie films on display, including this Japanese one for DAY OF THE DEAD. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There are some wonderful alternate and foreign posters for many zombie films on display, including this Japanese one for DAY OF THE DEAD.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
All things considered, this guy has held up remarkably well since 1985! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
All things considered, this guy has held up remarkably well since 1985!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

There’s so much more to explore, but that will have to wait until the final post covering the second half of our visit to the Living Dead Museum in Evans City! “We got this, man!”

Listen to our discussion on the undying classic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, on episode 68 of DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

Listen to our conversation about the horror landmark, DAWN OF THE DEAD, on episode 78 of DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

The Doctor of the Dead Visits Evans City PA (Part One of Three)

meavatarjessuJZDfxbFIt was a long-time goal finally achieved as we took the opportunity – after a weekend at GenCon 2016 in Indianapolis – to detour a bit north on the way home to Baltimore and stop in Evans City, Pennsylvania! As all zombie fans know, this is where the modern zombie was born, the home of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and the reinvention of the pop culture monster into an icon that would become a global phenomenon.

Many have made the pilgrimage to this unassuming small town, and in the time we had to devote to the journey, we were not only able to tour Kevin Kriess’ Living Dead Museum – a veritable treasure trove of information, artifacts, and memorabilia related to NIGHT, DAWN, DAY, and many other aspects of zombie genre history – but also take a quick trip over to the Evans City Cemetery itself, where the NIGHT team shot the immortal opening sequence with Johnny (Russ Streiner), Barbra (Judith O’Dea), and that herky-jerky Cemetery Ghoul (Bill Hinzman). We also checked out the city’s historical tribute to the film via a set of markers installed near the police station.

We actually visited Kevin and the museum first, but I’ll be putting together a post about that part of our trip soon. In the meantime, let’s jump ahead to the historical tribute and Evans City Cemetery. “You think I wanna blow [Tuesday] on a scene like this?” Definitely!

One final note before the story is taken over in the photo captions. Although I know many fans have re-created poses from the film in photos with the graves we also visited and depict here, that sort of behavior is frowned upon by the locals and authorities as disrespectful, and we had no intention of doing that. With that out of the way, get ready for a run of signage photos to kick things off!

Near the Evans City police station, a small historical tribute stands in a little patch of grass that commemorates the city's association with zombie history. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Near the Evans City police station, a small historical tribute stands in a little patch of grass that commemorates the city’s association with zombie history.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A collage of the four informational signs that ring the central historical marker.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A collage of the four informational signs that ring the central historical marker.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
When you approach Evans City Cemetery, this is the first sign you see. We're on the right track! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
When you approach Evans City Cemetery, this is the first sign you see. We’re on the right track!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Wait a minute...a second sign? A bigger one in marble? Well OK then, if any cemetery deserves two signs, it's this one! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Wait a minute…a second sign? A bigger one in marble? Well OK then, if any cemetery deserves two signs, it’s this one!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The chapel, standing just to your left at the entrance to the cemetery when you drive in, recently benefitted from a restoration that left it in even better shape that it was in when NIGHT was shot there in 1968! (You'll see a glimpse of it in context from the film later in this article.) Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The chapel, standing just to your left at the entrance to the cemetery when you drive in, recently benefitted from a restoration that left it in even better shape that it was in when NIGHT was shot there in 1968! (You’ll see a glimpse of it in context from the film later in this article.)
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
While I didn't want to disrespect any graves by posing with individual markers, I maintained a reasonably solemn smile and posed for a picture with the chapel. Then I just had to turn it black and white. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
While I didn’t want to disrespect any graves by posing with individual markers, I maintained a reasonably solemn smile and posed for a picture with the chapel. Then I just had to turn it black and white.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Standing just a short distance from the chapel is the iconic "Nicholas Kramer" gravestone, seen here as we saw it that day and in 1968 with Judith O'Dea hanging on for dear life. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Standing just a short distance from the chapel is the iconic “Nicholas Kramer” gravestone, seen here as we saw it that day and in 1968 with Judith O’Dea hanging on for dear life.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I felt a particular chill when I turned around and saw these. And here we were, just where Johnny and Barbra were all those years ago. Note the tree on the right is now gone. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
I felt a particular chill when I turned around and saw these. And here we were, just where Johnny and Barbra were all those years ago. Note the tree on the right is now gone.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to know what Barbra saw when she knelt by her father's grave? Here's the other side, actually the final resting place of Grace B. and George H. Cole. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to know what Barbra saw when she knelt by her father’s grave? Here’s the other side, actually the final resting place of Grace B. and George H. Cole.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
To give you some context, the chapel is behind us and back to the right along a narrow road to the cemetery entrance, but here you can see the Kramer gravestone on the left in relation to the Blair/Cole graves. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
To give you some context, the chapel is behind us and back to the right along a narrow road to the cemetery entrance, but here you can see the Kramer gravestone on the left in relation to the Blair/Cole graves.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It was time to hit the road, so we took a few last moments to take it all in. And just before we left, Natalie and I attempted what will soon be known as the World's Worst NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Scene Re-Creation in History! Enjoy! Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg (selfie skills!)
It was time to hit the road, so we took a few last moments to take it all in. And just before we left, Natalie and I attempted what will soon be known as the World’s Worst NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Scene Re-Creation in History! Enjoy!
Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg (selfie skills!)

It was a genuine honor to tread the same ground upon which cultural history was made, and to do so with respect to those that occupy it.

Join us next time as we step back to the beginning of that day and visit Kevin Kriess’ Living Dead Museum! In the meantime… “is there any of that candy left?”

Listen to our discussion on the undying classic, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, on episode 68 of DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!