Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Has there been a horror movie quite as influential as George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead? The only ones that spring to mind as even being contenders are Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, both tied to the slasher genre. Psycho brought the slasher into the mainstream (yes, I know Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom predated Psycho by a few months in international markets) and Black Christmas gave the genre its formula. Carpenter would later cement that formula with Halloween.
No question that Psycho, Black Christmas and Halloween were all incredibly influential, but Romero’s Night of the Living Dead takes the cake. Not only did Romero offer up a new, just-go-out-and-do-it style of filmmaking he impacted the genre all across the board. Before Romero zombies were mindless pawns resurrected through black magic to do the bidding of their masters. Romero’s interpretation of the zombie didn’t just spin off from that concept it forever changed it in the minds of audiences around the world.
Romero set the stage. His film changed the rules of the genre. That’s astounding when you think of how many people that film had to reach for it make that kind of impact.
So, today is for you, Mr. Romero. Below is a shot of George on the set (left) applying some “blood” to the poor doomed mother after being on the receiving end of a trowel. Click to embiggen!
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Tomorrow’s pic gets up and kills! The people it kills get up and kill!