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 Filled with behind-the-scenes gossip and previously unpublished stories from the set, as well as over 100 full-color photos, this book gives Day of the Dead the resurrection it deserves.
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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 executive producer of AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead. An acclaimed actor, director and special-effects creator, his wildly inventive work has earned him legendary status within the horror genre. Since landing his break as assistant to Tom Savini on Day of the Dead, he's gone on to enjoy a long and illustrious career. He is the co-founder of Hollywood's prestigious KNB EFX Group and the winner of four Emmy Awards. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two children.
'Rare photos from the set of the zombie masterpiece!' Fangoria, Issue 337: 4 page excerpt.
For fans of Day, or for people who love reading about the nitty-gritty of how a film gets made, this book will be pure geeky catnip.’ Padre, krank.ie
'A film-history tome written with more enthusiasm (and references to severed limbs) than most.' Cheryl Eddy, io9.com
Lee Karr guides us through what was, for many of those involved, the adventure of a lifetime. Written with a relaxed, but informed, sense of style, it's easy to tumble down the rabbit hole and get gleefully lost in a world of previously unknown stories from behind the scenes.’ Nick Thomson, homepageofthedead.com
Lavishly illustrated, often with non-professional pictures from the files of many different participants, it’s a tough one to put down.’ Roy Frumkes, independent filmmaker of Document of the Dead
Like the film itself, the book is such a remarkable read that one can imagine coming back to it many times in the future.’ Martin Unsworth, starburst.com
'The absurd amount of detail and information that Karr has managed to compile is shocking, stunning, and just a little bit scary.' Chadwick Saxelid, Chadzilla Roars
'For fans of Romero, this is a must-have collector’s book . . . The story of” is priceless, and it is awesome that Karr was able to chronicle The Making of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead for fans to enjoy and as historical look at the cult movie.’ John Kindred, hardrockhaven.net
'The author should be praised for his amazingly thorough research.' Joe Dante, Movies Made Me blog
'You don’t have to be a fan of the living dead or even horror to enjoy this fantastic book.' Terry Wickham, Mantaray Pictures
'Karr's love for the film comes through loud and clear. This book will be at home on any horror fan's coffee table. Push aside grandma's book of Mary Engelbreit drawings - this one is WAY more fun.' Hardcover Honey, horrorhoneys.com
'This is the definitive tome on Day of the Dead and a significant book in horror film literature.' R.J. Bayley, Insert Title Magazine
'This book is no PR fluff piece; it’s cinematic archaeology.' Alex Bledsoe, alexbledsoe.com
'The book boasts 250 never-before-seen photos, presenting an eyewitness document of Day of the Dead that can't be beaten.' Mark Hodgson, Black Hole Reviews
My favourite part was when they were talking about Romero’s first vision of Day of the Dead. I was reading this part and was thinking, This is not the movie I remember”. So I backtracked a bit a saw that this was his first vision and not what actually made it to the screen. This alone made it worth reading this book. It gave such a perspective on how much an original vision can change from conception to what really hits the screen.’ Stephanie Drum, Bea’s Book Nook blog
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