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Released in 1985, Day of the Dead was the final film of George A. Romero's classic zombie trilogy, which forever changed the face of horror filmmaking. Set in an apocalyptic world where the living-dead epidemic has wiped out most of humanity, the movie quickly acquired cult status, and with one remake released in 2008 and another planned for 2014 its influence on popular culture can still be felt today. Now, for the first time, the full history of the making of the iconic original film is revealed. Drawing on a wealth of exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, author Lee Karr leaves no stone unturned in detailing the movie's preproduction, shoot, release, and legacy. Filled with behind-the-scenes gossip and previously unpublished stories from the set, as well as over 100 full-color photos, this book gives Day of the Dead the resurrection it deserves.
Lee Karr is a devoted fan of the films of George A. Romero, in particular Day of the Dead, and has formed close friendships with many of the film’s cast and crew. Over the years he has contributed photos and liner notes for DVD and Blu-Ray releases in both the U.S. and Japan for Day of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead. He has written for magazines including Horrorhound and Famous Monsters of Filmland, and previously interviewed George A. Romero for homepageofthedead.com. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is his first book.
Greg Nicotero is the executive producer of AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Greg Nicotero: July 1984
Chapter 1: The Dawn of a New Day A look into the background of the film and the genesis of its creation, as well as a breakdown of the original script compared to the eventual filmed storyline.
Chapter 2: The Day is Coming A detailed look into the pre-production of the film broken up into two sections: Section A, exclusively covering the make-up effects preparation, and Section B, a look into the film’s casting, producers, wardrobe, art department, and financing.
Chapter 3: One Day at a Time A thorough behind-the-scenes look at the film’s daily principal photography.
Chapter 4: At the End of the Day Delve into the film’s post-production, from the editing to the score, the creation of the soundtrack album, and the matte photography.
Chapter 5: The Light of Day A look into the creation of the film’s advertising campaign, featuring the poster art and trailers, as well as an examination of the film’s theatrical release and critical and box-office reception.
Chapter 6: Looking Back on the Day Members of the production look back on the film and explain what it meant to them and their careers.