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Is The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day alive or dead? Well, that’s the question nowadays isn’t it?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’ve known Greg Nicotero for 12 or 13 years now. We bonded over our mutual love of Jaws and he hasn’t been able to shake me loose since. I was very proud of his directorial work on last week’s The Walking Dead. He got a nice juicy episode and knocked it out of the park in my humble opinion.

But then that shouldn’t be a surprise. If there’s any living guy who knows more about zombies I’d like to meet him. Today’s picture is proof of how far back his zombie knowledge goes as you can see a very young Nicotero (wearing the Creepshow shirt) assisting Tom Savini on the set of George Romero’s Day of the Dead.

The movie itself is a bit underrated when it comes to Romero’s hardcore fans, I think. Sure, it’s the low budget version of the epic end-of-days movie Romero wanted to make and doesn’t quite live up to both Night and Dawn, but it also has some of the best zombie work in Romero’s original 3 films. It also benefits from the quality of Romero’s latter day zombie, if I’m to be honest.

So, here’s a great shot of Savini working that creepy tongue zombie puppet with Nicotero lending a hand.

Thanks to the Practical Effects peoples for finding this one. Click to enlargen!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic is of a nice fucking model.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • March 9, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Beetlejuice 2moz?

    by scrote

  • March 9, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Nicotero looks like Chuck Norris in that pic.

    by scrote

  • March 9, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Choke on it!

    by UltraTron

  • March 9, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Greg Nicotero

    by puto tenax

    You've got a cool friend indeed, Quint. Loved what he said on the program "The Dead Talking" on AMC after that gut-wrenching episode. He's a class act who cares about the subject. Need to get down here to the Alamo on Slaughter.

  • March 9, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    If you wrapped all the zombies in bandages would they be mummies?

    by Baron Karza

    Vampires & Werewolves get all the love.. do we really have to go through the bullshit 'mummification process' to have a mummy?

  • March 9, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Samuel Fulmer

    I think over the years it's earned it's place with Night and Dawn as a horror classic. If anything I'd say the underrated Romero zombie flick is Land of the Dead.

  • I have trouble with gore at excessive levels, and "Day of the Dead" is about as much as I can handle in a dramatic story. But I think it is my favourite story of the Dead films - and almost as strong as the gore is the madness and egotism of the military low-man-on-the-pole whose finally gotten his shot but just can't take it. The misogyny of that character and the cynicism of the series that allow for such a character to exist, well, its potent medicine. I love the idea of trying to control the zombie invasion, these issues that the survivors are haveing to deal with in this strange and terrifying world they've suddenly been handled. Romero does a tremendous job of elucidateing all the grey that would exist in a world where your loved one once dead would suddenly come by alive again, only this time with a penchant for flesh that renders their own personality basically mute - except for the tricky little side regions where there might be some old recognition still in existence. A great film in my opinion, but an extreme taste. Personally, it is as far as I am willing to go for my film art as far as violence is concerned.

  • March 9, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I have been looking for that pic

    by disfigurehead


  • March 9, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    teaser trailer

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    I remember seeing the teaser trailer to this, I think, before Rambo: FB Part II. It had the woman looking at the calendar on the concrete wall in the bunker and all the zombie hands come through. There is a lot to like in Day. The makeup effects were the best of the series. The opening credit sequence with them looking for survivors in the deserted city was great, although not as great as the chaos of the tv station in Dawn's opening, IMO. Rhodes' death is a true horror film classic.

  • March 9, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by JMG84


  • March 9, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Land of the Dead

    by labcreature

    Your, sir, are absolutely right. Land is is indeed underrated. Diary and Survival? Not so much.

  • March 9, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Land of the dead kind of blows

    by disfigurehead

  • March 9, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Totally fucked

    by Captain_Ridley

    I love and adore Day of the Dead, more even than the other two entries in the classic trilogy. I can't think of another horror film anywhere ever that paints so bleak a picture of humanity. The zombies being preferable to majority of the characters in the film. At least those guys only want to eat you. The world is totally fucked and the few cooler heads advocate running and hiding. And we agree with them. Dr. Logan helpfully spells out the situation. "We're in the minority now, something like 400,000 to 1 by my calculations." Like everybody else, I expected another Dawn of the Dead, another dark romp, but Romero cunningly parleyed the success of his earlier films into something that actually challenged his audience.

  • March 9, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Gore scenes are still pretty nightmarish

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    This is one of the few movies, and only zombie movie that still blow me away with some of the deaths in the 3rd act. Of course there's the guy getting pulled in half. The vocal chord gag. The one guy getting part of his face pulled off. Vivid and freaky. Savini is the master.

  • Never understood the love for those cheese fests. The f/x aren't any good... It's not directed good at all.. I've seen both Argento and Romero cuts of the one... Neither are any good.

  • March 9, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Love the original Night of the Living Dead though!


  • March 9, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I fucking love Day of the Dead.

    by SebastianHaff

    I love how Romero's dark humor is still there, but buried far, far, far below the surface. <p><br> Movie is fucking bleak. That he had the balls to do that after the rock concerts that were the first two, just gives me seriously solid wood. <br><p> Best zombie makeup OF ALL TIME. <br><p> It's weird, because NOTLD'68 is easily my favorite film ever produced. I think it's the best of the Holy Trilogy. But Day is my favorite. Not sure how that works!

  • March 9, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by maxwell's hammer seem to have missed the point of the episode. It wasn't about whether or not to kill the kid. They definitey should, but didn't want to. The episode was about if Rick was strong enough to actually do it. He almost was, but then his fatal flaw kicked in: his family. He's always going to be a flawed leader due to having a family, and putting them above the well being of the group, and not being able to be detached enough.

  • March 9, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    The best trilogy of all time!

    by SebastianHaff

    No question. <br><p> Though if we're not counting trilogies, then the best series of all time... <br><p> Phantasm. The Star Wars saga of horror.

  • March 9, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Did you guys know Savini has a part in DJANGO UNCHAINED?

    by master_of_realty

    That one's gonna be nuts.

  • March 9, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    beetle ... breakfast?

    by SpencerBarnes


  • March 9, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    I love Dawn and Day

    by TheGangBangTheory

    two very different movies. Land of the Dead? Steaming pile of shit. First mistake was using recognizable actors. I love Hopper and Leguizamo, but they just took too much attention away from the zombies. When they speak to each other, it's like two great character actors coming together. It was wrong for one of these films. The whole idea of Fiddlers Green was stupid. The military types would have taken over from the rich folk lickety split if they didn't let them have a chance to get in. This was the movie he wanted to make since Day, but did not have the budget. When he finally does - this? FAIL.

  • March 9, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this cut from the movie?

    by FilmFanatik

    Not the effect itself, but I don't recall the arms being in frame. Pretty sure that was cut.

  • March 9, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Re: LAND OF THE DEAD, Why It Sucks ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    There's actually a few things that contribute to LAND OF THE DEAD being a steaming pile of shit, but the most unforgivable sin is the simple fact that Romero was so vowed and determined to shoehorn in his opinion of the Bush administration/Republican party that he overlooked one major, gaping plothole: after a zombie apocalypse, MONEY NO LONGER MEANS ANYTHING. You'd at least think he'd remember his own writing/directing from the original DAWN OF THE DEAD, specifically where Ken Foree's character is in the mall's bank and cramming money from a register into his pockets, then grins up at his co-stars, shrugs and says "Hey, you never know."</p><p> Instead, the whole plot hinges on "the haves versus the have-nots" ... which would be fine, except, since money no longer means shit, most of the audience spends the film's running time wondering why the well-armed soldiers with machine guns and missile launchers are taking orders from Dennis Hopper, or if he's controlling people via hypnosis or what. Or why there were homeless and starving people living on the streets in an abandoned city the size of Pittsburgh. Did the zombies eat all the people food, clothing, liquor and empty apartments, townhouses and spare rooms before the humans came along? Maybe that was Romero's sly, subversive commentary on the current U.S. government? I dunno.

  • March 9, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Savini on Late Night

    by nolan bautista

    i remember the Late Night w/ David Letterman episode when Savini was the guest (he was promoting Day of the Dead). He brought the jawless zombie as a prop. He was explaining the opening sequence to Letterman: ...this zombie walks in the frame and then you see the title appear.."

  • March 9, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Hoppers elite would not be enough

    by TheGangBangTheory

    to hold all those others soldiers, tons other people who needed medicine, etc from just rushing the one big office building and helping themselves. It only took one drunk fat guy speeding in a Hyundai getting beat up by cops in teh 90's to get the people in the poor part of town rioting. People can be controlled, but that control is threadbare at best. It's all about the quality of life keeping it together. Imagine all that focused on a single building. Gary Oldman holding a town of a few hundred ragtags at bay with a couple dozen gunmen in Book of Eli is believable. Holding back a couple of thousand during a zombie apocalypse with John Leguizamo, a dozen other dudes, and a couple of war trucks ripped off from Damnation Alley would keep the peace for a few weeks. Then the wrong people have sick moms and grannies who need meds, and that fucking building with Dennis Hopper in a bad suit, canary cages, and Paris Hilton types with pocket pooches is coming down for good. It would not have taken much to have made that a better film. But Romero lost it after Dawn. Too bad. Just like George Lucas, he had a couple of happy accidents at first, then his true colors are revealed. HACK.

  • March 9, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Also a bad George move

    by TheGangBangTheory

    having half the zombies on camera being stereotype job folk. A clown, a cheerleader, a nurse, a gas station guy, a ballerina, a Fedex guy... On the streets at any one time of day 1 out of 1000 will be in work clothes or costumes of some kind, but in Land (and other films) suddenly they are half the population.

  • No hope, no hope at all. The pilot and his monologue about forgetting about all the records and papers and artifacts down there in that great bug ten mile long toooombstoooone... Spot on. The gore is the best, most visceral shit. Truly shocking, even now. Everyone in the movie is just so desperate, even the 'good guys.' Frankenstein toying around down there, living out his pathologies. The film just drips with nihilism, as personified by that first zombie, shuffling about, fluids oozing. My favorite zombie flick, probably my favorite horror flick. Even the ending, which may or may not have been a rewrite, there is such a sense of FUCK EVERYTHING, let's leave it all behind and just eat and fuck until we die. I am going to order a blu of it now.

  • March 9, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by Aaron

    Still have Starship Troopers on the brain from yesterday.

  • March 9, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by TheGangBangTheory

    Yes, but Germans who agreed with the Nazi's outnumbered jews by millions. Bad example there. Are you calling the Occupy movement some big revolt? Houses and lives stolen by banks, joblessness at all time high, rich fucks laughing about old ladies with no electricity while they pack their pockets, and the revolt is a bunch of 20 year old slackers camping in public, partying, and shitting into zip lock bags. Ooookay, whatever bro...

  • March 9, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Just Don't Understand The Love For DAY OF THE DEAD

    by Graphix67

    98 minutes of amateurish actors either psychotically screaming at each other or mumbling towards one another. We watch these mostly unlikeable and/or despicable characters talk, talk and talk some more while pacing around in the relentlessly dark, dismal tunnels and bunkers. Anytime I've come across this on the TV, I simply check back for the spectacular gory final 15 minutes which almost make up for the depressing, dull and plodding 83 minutes that come before it. I know that legend has it that George didn't have the budget to do what he originally wanted but, after his last 3 cinematic abortions (LAND, DIARY and SURVIVAL), I now consider DAY to be the first sign that Romero had simply lost his touch.

  • March 9, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST


    by TheGangBangTheory

    Dude, the sheep were you and your friends, listening to stoners and rich white kids yelling into megaphones about how we are making more terrorists. Guess what? We have and are killing the fucking terrorists. When was the last major attack on our soil by Muslims? That's right, around a decade. WE ARE KILLING THEM, NOT MAKING MORE. The proof is in the pudding, Cupcake. They are wandering around the desert, eating bugs and drinking camel piss, because their leadership has been scorched off the fucking planet. WE ARE WINNING! I know that hurts you pal, but the truth hurts. As far as your commetns about the Jews, well, I'm not even Jewish and know you are an idiot. What happened to them is far more complicated than the plot of a fucking zombie movie. Moron. Go drink more of the Khool Aid and eat some more of your own tail, fucktard.

  • March 9, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I'm not right wing, numbnuts

    by TheGangBangTheory

    I think Dubbya and his gang were douche bags, and they often made us look like shit with their DC Follies. I'm just a reasonable, thinking man. I'm very middle of the road. I'm not Joe the Plumber. I'm neither Repub or Dem, because they are the same thing. But two things: That you say something like "Don't you be tellin' me..." and are 48 years old tells me you are an illiterate moron. And the fact that you think 911 was American agents and Bin Laden was fake (don't you believe the black prez, homes?) tells me you are a fucking wacko who must have a completly miserable and unhappy life. I think I have seen you down at Pico and Hoover yelling to yourself about the end of the world. I'd be laughing my ass off if you were not both sad and scary. You are the type of craphole that makes thinking men walk away shaking their head. Go drink some more cheap bourbon, creep. Oh, and again - a decade with no terrorist attacks from that craphole part of the world where girls get acid thrown in their face for going to school. Sounds like the type of place a deluded clown like you would thrive...

  • March 9, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Dude, don't act so street

    by TheGangBangTheory

    You are creepy, not scary. You are on a fanboy geekout pop culture site. I'd tell you to get a clue, but at 48 and talking this weird mess you have obviously lost all sanity, and therefore all hope. Get out of that shitbox apartment and go for a walk, thinking happy thoughts for a change!

  • March 9, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    is a famous line from JAWS asshole.

    by TheGangBangTheory

    (wringing hands in sheer terror) Oh no! He's quoting Jaws! Oh shit, I'd a dead man! He's obviously a stone cold ghetto thug! I'm doooooomed!!! Oh, and one more thing: aaaaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahah... Hoo boy, long week at my high end job that paid for my house down by the beach. Do me a favor RWNegro, on trash night don't knock my trash all over the place while looking for empties. I pay a pretty hefty fee for trash pick-up in my high end "hood," Jack!

  • March 9, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • March 9, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    =Never the less, if the Jews had had any courage=

    by KilliK

    sorry you are wrong here.This is a universal trait of the human nature,large groups of people can easily be controlled because humans tend to easily succumb without any kind of resistance to someone who uses force. This fact has been scientifically proven with psychoolgical experiments but unfortunatelly i dont remember the official name of this psychological behavior. let me google it.

  • March 9, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    a perfect example of a brain-washed american citizen.

  • March 9, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    This was once a site for fanboys

    by TheGangBangTheory

    to talk movies. Now it seems to be the elephant graveyard for aging wacktards who have had all sense beaten out of them by failed lives. Wow fucking wow. And Kilick? Easy to talk from the safety of moms basement while she brings your milk and cookies and asks if you found a job yet. But the Jews were a population on a whole with children and elderly and all the things good people have in life (I think neither of you tards know about it). And they were in a lot of way hoodwinked because of their hope. And, uh, idiots, many did fight back. they were just heavily outnumbered. Again, I'm not Jewish. But I am sane and smart. Rare around here these days. Oh Harry, what happened to this place. Anyway RWN, I'm saving this threads location so I can point it out whenver I see you post somewhere else. It's important people know who the freako creepos are, even on a website about pop culture. Anyway, gotta go get in my new Jeep, pick up some take out, and watch some movies on my big screen with my date while sipping good wine (not fortified RWN, GOOD wine and tasty ales). Feel free to jerk to each others weirdness, gents! Peace, out!

  • March 9, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    'Day' is the best zombie movie ever made. Full stop.

    by billyhitchcock1

  • March 9, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST


    by Aaron

    "Libraries." Research is done at librarIES. Not at library's. The library's... what? Its historical wing? What thing that the library possesses are you referring to? You are, as Jim Kirk once so eloquently stated, a complete invalid. No wonder no one followed your charge into battle. You can't (contraction of 'can' and 'not') spell or write correctly. How can anyone possibly begin to take anything you say seriously? U kant tawk gud lyke me do. Comprende? If you truly are 48 and that is your skill level insofar as your command of the English language, god help us all. Do not waste your time with some generic 'grammar Nazi' bullshit, either. You have nothing. You are NOTHING. YOU THINK YOU ARE SOMETHING BUT YOU ARE NOT. YOU ARE A BLACK HOLE AND I'M GOING TO FUCK YOU UNTIL CUM SHOOTS OUT OF YOUR EARS. Anyone got that last one? I know redwhitenegro is too fucking oblivious to know where that is from. !!!FACT!!!

  • right about what? that the Jews are specifically coward? if this is the statement that you are making,then please do support it with some arguments.

  • March 10, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

    what the fuck are you talking about?

  • March 10, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Re: redwhitenegro

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Nothing in LAND OF THE DEAD makes sense, like I said: Dennis Hooper is "controlling the masses", as you put it ... with money. Money which Romero himself establishes in both DAWN OF THE DEAD (the scene I cited in my earlier post) and in the opening scene of DAY OF THE DEAD (money blowing all over the street) as no longer meaning shit. People with money get to live in the fancy skyscraper, everybody else appears to be living on the street, despite the fact that they're in a completely walled-off city the size of Pittsburgh that would arbitrarily have enough food, clothing, electricity, running water and, most importantly, shelter for everyone and then some. It would have made sense if Dennis Hopper's character had been a bloodthirsty dictator who walked around blowing people's brains out at the slightest provocation, but instead, all he apparently has is money (he even winds up dying because he insists on taking off with a bag of cash) ... he's not even a great manipulator, because he winds up pissing off John Leguizamo's character, a.k.a., the dude who has been getting him caviar and knows how to drive the city's main offensive weapon that no one else can stop. Fuck, even any given episode of "The Walking Dead" operates with more logic than LAND OF THE DEAD.

  • March 10, 2012, 2:35 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • March 10, 2012, 4:25 a.m. CST

    that shit this moron said about the holocaust

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    is pretty much the most stupid offensive ignorant crap I have ever read on this site, quite an achievement! Oh, and I quite liked land of the dead, day of the dead I saw so long ago I cant really remember much about it.

  • March 10, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    by Captain_Ridley

    I don't know that Land of the Dead is quite as illogical as you're suggesting, ArmaggeddonProductions. There would have to be some sort of bartering system in place. Why not hold onto the dollar as an exchange system? It's as good as the alternatives. Although quite what Cholo hopes to do with the money he gets from threatening the city is anyone's guess. Likewise, it's a mystery as to what Kaufman would do with the money he takes with him when attempting to flee the city. You've got to admit, that the satirical elements of this play pretty well though. "We don't negotiate with terrorists." Ha. And how can you not love the shot of the burning dollar bills fluttering down when Big Daddy rolls the gas cannister down the ramp? You've got a point about the Kaufman character. He's your garden variety psychopath, and that's been done to death. Here's a guy who's setting himself up to get overthrown and fed to zombies. It would have made a lot more sense if the people embraced him as a saviour who walled off the city and saved them all from the zombies. A politician with a big smile and bigger self-interest.

  • March 10, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    (The Original) "Day of the Dead" was pretty good!

    by Arcangel2020

    Nice behind the scenes pic from "Day of the Dead"! I totally agree with you Quint when it comes to that film being underrated in Romero's original "Dead" Trilogy! I love this film and I still to this day think it's pretty terrific when it comes to Zombie films. The thing about "Day" was I always felt like it had a really good beginning...then the plot/story kinda slowed to a crawl in the middle..but the ending? The ending to the film was awesome! Loved how the bad guys end up getting turned into Zombie Happy Meals!

  • March 10, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Day of the Dead is the greatest zombie film of all time.

    by Mrhazard

    It has the best characters, the best dialogue, the best make up effects and the bleakest setting of any zombie movie... The only minus of it is the atrociously bad Carribean accent that black guy uses... He sounds like Dave Chappelle in Half Baked...

  • March 10, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    ^Nice to see others here feel the same way!

    by Mrhazard

  • March 10, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by spire_walk

    This is what I can't fucking stand about Letists like you, your whole attitude is to go conquer D.C. and other places of concentrated power. Somehow you think it'll be a success that a mostly unarmed mob with no fucking sense of strategy, tactics, logistics, or planning will accomplish anything other than become martyrs. If people are sheep, you want to be their shepherd. You wanted those protestors to run headlong into the gaping maw of law enforcement and secret service so that they would be beaten, arrested, and possibly killed. All in the name of your ideology. I'm sure you were willing to put your life on the line with them because this shit is your religion. There is no God, only the struggle of the workers and peasants, right? You wanted to create a bunch of victims and martyrs for your cause to inspire more leftist cosmonuts to attack the government. What you really want to do is control the centers of power so that you can use it to coerce the rest of America to obey your ideology. This is where it always leads. Viva la revolucion. You want to take the government's monopoly on violence away so that you can have it. It's been done before, fuck you very much. Conquering DC is not the answer. Make it irrelevant instead.