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They’re coming to get you, Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day! Look! There comes one of them now!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! I’m quite partial to George Romero’s movies. Let’s face it, he’s an incredibly hit or miss director and has been for decades. I couldn’t tell you which movie was worse, Season of The Witch or Diary of the Dead, but it’s because of his history of duds followed up with masterpieces that I will watch any new George Romero movie. We go way back to the beginning with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. This picture weirds me out because I know Romero as a white-Haired grandpa with giant glasses. That’s the image I have of the man and to see him young is almost a shock. You'll notice him through the window of the car, in the background going over the script, it looks like. From the classic opening of one of the most influential horror films of all time, I give you today’s BtSPotD! Click for a slightly bigger image! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here.

Bonus time! Harry sent me over a shot he took of Russell Streiner, Johnny himself, holding up a behind the scenes color picture (!!!) from the making of Night of the Living Dead. Apparently, Russell wouldn't let Harry get a shot of just the sweet and rare color photo by itself, but Harry was able to sweet talk him into posing with it. Streiner told Harry that the car was his mom's car and she had no idea they broke the window for the movie until the premiere. They had replaced it like nothing had happened, but when she was at the premiere apparently she wasn't too happy to see the cemetery zombie put that rock through her window. Anyway, here's the pic. Did you know it was Fall when they shot the scene? You do now, look at the trees! Click for the higher res version.

Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic features Lon Chaney Jr. and man’s best friend! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow

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  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I always considered this

    by thepoohguy

    The first horror movie.<BR> <BR> Oh, and RIP Barbara Billingsley.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Romero's DARK HALF....

    by scrote

    was pretty good - could have done without Monkey Shines though. Wasn't he gonna do The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon at one point? - that would have been very interesting

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    night of the living dead is public domain


    that's crazy. it means any of us could sell copies of it. i'm seriously thinking about editing it (taking out some of the excess slow banter- yes there is some- that slow it down in parts)adding filters or bumping contrast here and there- no colorizing- just subtle treatments- whipping up some brand new original box art and reselling some myself. it's totally legal. isn't that crazy?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    you ain't related to Michael Bay are ya? Heh-heh...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    NOTLD without all that pesky dialogue

    by RickyRetardo

    Got 13 minutes to kill?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    ha ha no, no relation


    not only could it be resold, but it can endlessly be remade. if i were to resell it, i'd want to throw in more features though, maybe have one of my video doc-making friends do something about the history of the modern zombie and theories/plausibilities of romero zombie science, possible reasons for reanimation, etc.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    I really like Tom Savini's version

    by disfigurehead

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    shit, i do cult movie posters...


    ...and this is a personal favorite...can't believe i haven't done one for NOTLD yet. i think i'll get on it. maybe several... <br>

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    love the 90's version as well


    don't know why it doesn't get as much love. i consider it the perfection of the original. some of the acting sucks, but more did in the original. you have Tony Todd in his prime, Patrica Tallman pulling a ripley and being hot to boot, and amazing makeup effects.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Cuomo Rivers!

    by nolan bautista

    Weezer frontman and iconic zombie victim

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Savini remake

    by nolan bautista

    ..the best part was in the beginning when the zombie goes up the hill and his clothes slide off revealing the Y-shaped autopsy incision

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Beaves Mom just died

    by TheJudger

    RIP mother of the Beave. Eddie Haskell rot in hell.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Night 90 Rules.... Acting is Solid Too

    by Autodidact

    The acting is sort of late-60s style... everyone's really enunciating. But I wouldn't call any of the acting bad, except for maybe the young couple. <p>Seems weird to say this, but in the middle of NOTLD I always sort of wish the movie could just go on forever, with them stuck in the house arguing.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Slow Zombies

    by Autodidact

    Slow zombies are the way it should be. I mean, I love 28 Days Later and DOTD 2004, but the running is just too exciting to be scary.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Martin is by far my favorite Romero Movie

    by TheJudger

    Say what you will about the dead coming back to life. Martin is some fucked up stuff and the phone scene pisses all over screams phone crap.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    28 are not zombies

    by TheJudger

    They live, they are infected. Why people keep comparing them to zombies. I dont know, yeah they have no control over their minds. Zombie in that way, but Romeros Zombies are corpses. 28's are alive and unwell.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    the dawn reamake outside of the begining

    by TheJudger

    and the very end and the headshot game sucks balls. I like the original Dawn more than Night, and Night 90 more than The original. 80 kid, always finding a part 2 or a update before seeing the original. Including the Evil Dead. If you aint a fucking full of shit liar, you'll know it was way eiaser to score a copy of Evil Dead 2 on rental, than it was to get the original. That's because the damn video was always out of print. And people would rent it and never return it. I remember how fat dumb and happy i was when anchor bay released it on VHS... And then it went into DVD rape mode. So yeah. fuck Dawn the redo. Only had 3 great moments. The rest was shite, even the undead baby. Stoopid.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by Turingtestee

    The skinny cancer zombie and the folded-in-half on the lawn are my favorite zombies period. Should have saved this for Halloween weekend.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    one on the lawn

    by Turingtestee


  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    also, i hate the "BRAIINS" association


    i hate when people moan 'brains' when referencing zombies in costume, or art. the only zombe movies i know about where zombies craved brains specifically was the 'return of the living dead' series. i like parts of it, but it's done so much to undermine the cool seriousness of zombie mythology. no romero or serious zombie movie has ever referenced eating brains, yet it's what people remember. it drives me fucking nuts.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Hey The Judger You Pedantic Fuck

    by Autodidact

    I wish idiots like you would allow a conversation to flow rather than having to chime in with "corrections" that are really just outside the fucking point. In other words we all know they're not technically zombies, but for all intents and purposes... see you almost sucked me in. Fuck off ya pedant!

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    Uhhh, maybe a bit hostile there, bud. Sorry about that. But don't be so pedantic. I'm just irritated because I'm sitting here on Saturday night debating whether to rent a movie or just do some work. Anyways, I agree with you about 80s kids always seeing sequels first. And specifically Evil Dead 2... was confusing to watch Evil Dead 1 and see it was basically the exact same movie with less production value.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Thepooleguy's statement

    by PhilipMarlowe

    I remember when this movie was released. There was a negative article in Reader's Digest stating that they crossed the line when it showed zombies chowing down on human innards. I wonder if there is any correlation?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    didn't care for BRUISER much, eh?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    one of the best Zombie movies ever

    by KilliK


  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Johnny was an asshole, that zombie was minding his own business til he started fucking with it. He was creepier than the ghouls

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Absolute masterpiece

    by CoachFinstock

    Let's not forget that Romero (and Russo) basically created an entire subgenre with NOTLD. He is to the modern zombie what Bram Stoker is to vampires. NOTLD is one of the few films (horror or otherwise) in the museum of modern art.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    It's all good Autodidact

    by TheJudger

    I'm just a another chanting voice in the ocean man. I'm no big deal. I guess the 28 thing reved me up. My opinons are tied the way they are because I'm a product of my generation. I love what i love and I'm always going to take issues with any reworking of those things. I'm glad I saw dead 90 before I saw dead 60's. Same with Evil Dead. The Dawn remake just didnt work on me I guess. And honestly I was against it from the get go. I love the original to much i even bought the seperate document of the dead DVD before the feature was added to an updated version of the DVD. The Original Dawn and me clicked. Theresa so many layers involved. To me it's Romeros best Zombie film, but again that is a personal opinion. No problem. I'm an asshole at times. I'll admit it.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    maximum overdrive and the Mist


    both were inspired by the formula from NOTLD, according to King. a group of conflicting characters trapped in a confined place, using the available tools and supplies against things they don't understand outside.. hell, kind of a metaphor for life, really.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I wish now that Romero got his Diamond Dead made

    by TheJudger

    I read the screenplay back when this was a hot topic. I didn't like most of what I was reading, but who knows. It could have been his Phantom of the Paradise his Rocky Horror. David Bowie was involved at one point. Land killed it I think.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Monkey Shines is damn good

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Like Child's Play (which came out the same year), it manages the considerable task of making a teeny-tiny antagonist you could easilly drop-kick across the room scary, mainly because of how they could pop out of ANYWHERE. Plus, David Shire's score is awesome.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    And why isn't there a widescreen version of Dark Half available?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I really like that movie.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Fuckin love this flick.

    by Sailor Rip

    Without it where would, not only zombie movies, but the horror genre be today?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    The one that started it all!!

    by Arcangel2020

    George Romero and his little film "Night of The Living Dead" far as I concerned, Mr. Romero is the one who started the whole Zombie/End of The World-Zombie Apocalypse..The Grandfather of Zombiedom! All Hail George! :) This film had such an affect on me as a little kid! I remember staying up late to watch this film with my Aunts and Uncles on Staurday nights when it was aired on "Creature Features" hosted by Bob Wilkins in the SF Bay Area. Man, this film had the right affect..creepy and spooky and pretty frightening to a little kid like myself back in the 70ies that's for sure!! George Romero and his original Dead trilogy is rightfull created for the whole modern day Zombie film genre (both good, not so good and the wretchedly bad!) as well as the explosion of Zombie novels out there (We can be thankful for his influence on such excellent writers as Max Brooks and Brian Keene. Sure his films are either terrific or terrifcally bad...but you still gotta hand it to The Don of The Dead (Ha ha!! get it? :)) and I totally agree with Quints opinion here too.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    i remember as a kid....


    the first copy i had of this (actually my mom's- she bought and got me into horror movies- probably too early) was a reallly shitty quality copy from 'GOODTIMES VIDEO'- one of the many reissues. it was so grainy and dirty i thought it was from the 40's or 50's. The stuff that affected me the most was the zombies eating the 'meat'. it looked so genuine when i was young (and many of the zombies were in hospital gowns) that i seriously thought they filmed insane people.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Monkey Shines is about...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...a young man (Jason Beghe) who is stuck by a van while jobbing and becomes paralyzed from the neck down. He gets a helper monkey he names "Ella" who can perform many of his everyday tasks for him, but the monkey has been treated with weird human hormones in a lab, and she and the man become psychicly linked in a way, with Ella acting out the man's inner desires (including commiting murder on his behalf). Just typing it out like that sounds like lunacy, but it plays very suspensefully, and the "performance" by the monkey is remarkable, with sparing use of an animatronic monkey by Tom Savini.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    while JOGGING

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    then ironical King is hit while jogging


  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST



    i need to go to bed.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    They're coming to get you, Barbara!

    by SebastianHaff

    Hands down my favorite movie of all time. <br><p> I own several copies of it, and continue to buy more. Just recently tracked down the VHS from Media, with the purple cover. That's the one I first rented when I was in fifth grade, and I decided I needed to have that beautiful purple box with the painted art on my computer desk. <br><p> This was the first time I realized it was possible for every character in a movie to die. I'd heard of the bad guys winning, but the bad guys winning AND all the good guys dying? Holy shit this flick messed me up. Seen it well over 100 times and the original Night of the Living Dead never fucking gets old. <br><p> I love this movie so much. It truly means the world to me.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Night of the Living Dead COLORIZED

    by Tigger Tales

    makes me vomit flourescent green bile inside my mouth

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with Diary of the Dead?

    by Yelsaeb

    I quite liked it. But those two pics are very, very cool. Nice job, Quint! You delivered the goods today.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Here's much better NotLD BTS photos!

    by The whole column can be seen here: This just happens to have been posted the same day CineWeekly posts their BTS pictures and they featured NotLD this week.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Fist time I saw NotLD..

    by Darthkrusty

    ..10 years old. The paperback-sized, stapled TV Guide told me it was on channel 7 @midnight. Crept out of bed. The house dark and sound asleep I snuck to the tv and proceeded to get the crap scared out of me. Got so freaked I had to turn it off when the little dead girl is stabbing her mom in that creepy basement. I snuck back to bed and tried to get to sleep. Been plenty spooked before and since, but whenever someone asks what's the scariest movie I've ever seen, I say NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 3:34 a.m. CST

    @ Darthkrusty

    by Lone Fox

    Ha pretty much exactly how I first saw NOTLD, except... I was 15 and it still scared the crap out of me! I remember it starting, and thinking, crap it's black & white, this won't be scary at all. And then got proved very wrong.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Diary of the Dead was TERRIBLE

    by Autodidact

    It's a "found footage" movie, which I don't have any real problems with. The problem is in the script, where the characters reference the camera in literally every single scene. In every single scene in the movie, someone (usually the guy filming's girlfriend) makes a big deal out of the fact that the guy is filming. They have this conversation like 20 times during the movie. <p>Not to mention he used a lot of CG gore and it just looks like shit.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    The "Shines" in Monkey Shines

    by Autodidact

    Is the "shines" in Monkey Shines related to The Shining?

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    The thing I remember most about the Savini version

    by Crimson Dynamo

    was the constant hammering. He never let the hammer noise fade into the background, just constant fucking hammering, to the point of distraction.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    "Dark Half and Monkey Shines are worth a shot?"

    by buggerbugger

    Absolutely. 'Monkey Shines' is fun as fuck.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    "Is the "shines" in Monkey Shines related to The Shining?"

    by buggerbugger

    I wouldn't say so, it just means that the monkey is intelligent. The monkey "shines" in its ability to carry out its master's wishes.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Thing I Remember Most About Savini Version

    by Autodidact

    is just wishing that redhead would take her skirt off and walk around in her underwear. Second is the hammering, but it doesn't bother me...

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Survival of the Dead

    by MothrasGhost

    I didn't think he could do any worse, but survival of the Dead was absolutely horrible. I mean, is he even trying anymore?

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Love the "original" dead trilogy.


    Dawn of the Dead is probably my second favorite horror film after Texas Chainsaw. However, I thought Land of the Dead was average and Diary was pretty awful. Rented Survival last night, haven't watched it yet, but my expectations are pretty low. Dark Half is definitely worth checking out, especially if You are a King fan.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Picture is mirrored

    by Andronicus

    Barbra appears to be on the driver's side, while Johnny and the steering wheel appear to be on the passenger side.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    DIARY really divides people...

    by ConfusedPanda it or hate it, there aren't many people in the middle.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Romero's films are sucky in general

    by Daniel2010

    He can't make a decent film. I've watched a few of his zombie films and none are good. So overrated.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Only saw a few minutes of Diary, but...

    by Flip63Hole

    man, it was bad. So sad to see how far Romero has fallen. Oh well, we'll always have Dawn...

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    inspired to watch original dawn of the dead tonight


    forgot what a decent actor 'roger' was, and surprised he didn't go anywhere after that...the original dawn of the dead is such a great movie. it starts rough, but finds itself. so many shots are well composed and artful. you totally overlook the cheap blue-face makeup. the good things in it make the bad acceptable. such a great flick.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Will be watching Dawn on Oct.29


    Third to last night of my horror movie a day for october marathon. Ending the weekend with my all-time favorites. Dawn Friday, Texas Chainsaw Saturday and of course Halloween on Halloween. I'm thinking possibly High Tension tonight. What a sad pathetic life I have!

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by Windows

    NotLD is by far my favourite Romero film.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    fuck you, daniel

    by vetepalapinga

    Youve only watched a couple of his zombie movies so that leads you to believe his body of work sucks in general? what an asshole. If you haven't watched Creepshow, your opinion doesn't matter. You don't know shit.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    i have a confession to make

    by KilliK

    i have watched the original night and dawn of the living dead,which i loved them,but never day of the living dead.i have seen the notorious scene with the zombies eating the guts from the crazy soldier (chock on them,chock on them,haha) but i hear that the movie is the worst part of the trilogy,so i have subconsciously avoided seeing it so far.<br /> <p>anyway fuck it,its a good time to see it,now that the bts pic reminded me the movie.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Look, if you're dressed as a zombie, whadya gonna say?

    by Billyeveryteen

    Shambling and moaning isn't gonna cut it. Wanna' flip out that dumb slut in the nurse outfit? "Braaaaaaaiiinnnsssss..." it is. Sucks but true.