Some friends and I decided to make a trip to Pittsburgh and go check out some locations used in various George A. Romero (one of my idols) films. The main one being the Monroeville Mall where ‘Dawn Of The Dead‘ was made. A lot of these locations are changing so I wanted to see them before most of the recognizable things were gone. Going from Chicago to Pittsburgh is a good 8 hours so the drive was long but once we got there it was hard to hold in the excitement. We stayed at a hotel about 15 minutes from the mall. My room for the weekend. Saturday was mainly the mall. So most of the day was spent at the Monroeville Mall. I tried finding screenshots to try and match up as best I could some of the places. We parked by Macy’s. And under the famous number 30 […]
Happy Birthday to one of my idols George A. Romero. Having met him several times I can tell you he is an incredibly great guy. To say he has influenced my filmmaking career is an understatement. So I am sending out my very best to the man himself. Happy Birthday George!
Day Nineteen – What is the best use of gore in a horror movie? DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) d: George A. Romero How to determine the best use of gore? There are a ton of movies to choose from. However one of the first ones that came to mind was George Romero’s ‘Day Of The Dead’. His zombie films always feature gore as the zombies munch away but it always has a purpose. Even if it’s just to show how relentless the zombies are. And also a payoff for fans during the last moments of his films as we see the zombies do their thing. However, ‘Day Of The Dead’ features, even to this day, the best zombie makeup ever. The use of gore is still unmatched. There are gorier films but for me the best gore is from this film. It represents special effects artist Tom Savini’s work […]
Day Seventeen – What is your favorite 80’s horror movie? CREEPSHOW (1982) d: George A. Romero Once again, how do you pick something from such a vast selection of movie options? As with the rest of my picks I just go with my personal favorites. So for my favorite horror movie from the 1980’s (must I only pick one?) I decided to go with a film that means a great deal to me. George Romero’s ‘Creepshow’. I somehow convinced my dad to take me to see this in the theatre when I was a kid. How? I have no idea. But I did and I loved every minute of it. Except for “The Crate” which I watched from the lobby. The doors into the theatre had these small round windows so I was able to peak in but I couldn’t make it through that one. heh I first came across […]
Day Thirteen – What is your favorite zombie film? DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) d: George A. Romero Part of doing this list is a balancing act. You’re not supposed to have the same film twice for any answer so I had to really figure some of these answers out. Not to give anything away but a question later is what is (or one of) your favorite horror films and mine is in fact ‘Dawn Of The Dead’. But I also didn’t like that my pick for that one (which is my second favorite horror film) wasn’t showing up for any of the other questions so I broke it up. So consider this not just my favorite zombie film but also my favorite horror film. And indeed one of my top three favorite films of all time. In a world filling with a zombie invasion four people decide to take […]
Day Ten – What is a horror film everyone loves but you don’t? Being switched to: Day Ten – What is a horror film everyone doesn’t love but you do? SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (2009) d: George A. Romero I know this might be cheating but there isn’t a question like it so I think I’m ok. The thing is I can’t think of any film that everyone loves that I don’t. I’m sure there is one. The thing is I’m pretty easy to please. And if I don’t like a movie I don’t dwell on it. I don’t feel the need to tell the world I don’t like it. I just move on. So for the sake of keeping things moving along I decided to alter the question. One recent film that a lot of people did not like but I actually loved was George A. Romero’s ‘Survival Of […]
Day Seven -What is a horror movie you think no one has seen? MARTIN (1976) d: George A. Romero I know what you might be thinking. A lot of people know about ‘Martin’. Well, yes and no. Die hard George Romero fans (as I am big time!) know it but I am actually surprised how many people have not seen it. Many horror fans know of it but haven’t seen it. ‘Martin’ tells the story of a young guy named Martin (played so quietly perfect by John Amplas) who moves in with his older cousin. He gets passed around from family member to family member to be taken care of because Martin has a problem. His problem is he needs blood. He is a vampire but not in the fangs and supernatural way. Instead a guy that has this need for human blood. But it does mean he needs to […]