Special Sub-Topic: Romero Zombie Fest
|The beginning of "Dawn of the Dead" is set in what American city?|
Philadelphia. Philadelphia is specifically mentioned by the doctor being interviewed on the talk show at the beginning of the movie. The location can further be inferred by listening to the place names mentioned by the characters in the helicopter as they fly away from the city.
|In "Night of the Living Dead", who was the first character we see killed by a zombie?|
Johnny. Johnny and his sister Barbara were visiting their mother's grave when first attacked. Johnny fought the zombie and in the struggle was killed when his head struck a tombstone.
|A shopping mall was the primary setting of "Dawn of the Dead". Where is this mall located? It is the same location both in the movie and in real-life.|
Monroeville, PA. This mall still exists but has since been remodeled. Enthusiasts of the film visiting the mall will nonetheless recognize the layout. Romero paid the owners of the mall a fee in exchange for the use of the facility for overnight shoots.
|In which of the three Romero "Dead" films does Tom Savini appear in an acting role, not counting stunt work?|
"Dawn of the Dead". Tom Savini plays one of the leaders of the motorcycle gang that raids the mall late in the film. I've always loved Tom Savini's screen flair. You can see him in larger roles in such films as "From Dusk till Dawn" and "Knightriders".
|What is the order of appearance of the four main characters in "Dawn of the Dead"?|
Fran, Steven, Roger, Peter. Fran appears alone in the opening frames in the TV studio. Steven arrives soon afterward to tell Fran to meet on the roof for the helicopter escape. Roger appears next, in the SWAT action outside the housing project. Finally, Peter appears during the same action, but not until the SWAT operatives have already entered the project.
|In "Day of the Dead", what is the not-so-affectionate nickname of the senior scientist researching the zombies?|
Frankenstein & Dr. Frankenstein & Doctor Frankenstein & Dr Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein gets the Frankenstein name because of his morbid and bloody lab work on the zombies.
|Also in "Day of the Dead", what is the name of the zombie that the senior scientist manages to train with some success?|
Bub. Bub even manages to fire a pistol with success, effectively killing the film's chief human villain, Striker. A horde of zombies finishes the job, falling upon Striker with him already badly wounded.
|Which electronic music group composed and recorded the score for the original American theatrical release of "Dawn of the Dead"?|
Goblin. Goblin worked closely with Dario Argento in this capacity. The music is very effective for both action and suspense sequences.
|In "Night of the Living Dead", how do Tom and Judy die?|
an explosion. Tom and Judy are at a gas pump trying to fuel Tom's truck when the gas pump and truck ignite, and then explode. This sets the stage for the goriest sequence in the movie, or in any movie made before that time, where the zombies tear the charred bodies apart and feast on limbs and organs. The black-and-white film coupled with the night-time fire lit lighting actually make the scene more terrifying, clearly showing organs and bits of flesh and yet leaving the types of organs somewhat to the imagination.
|The film "Dawn of the Dead" was re-edited and renamed "Zombie", and then released in Europe |
t. Dario Argento was the person who originally approached Romero with the idea for a sequel to "Night of the Living Dead", which had been a huge hit in Europe. Argento forwarded a significant amount of production money in return for the right to re-edit the film and release it in Europe, and Argento did so, renaming the film "Zombie". Dario Argento's version was significantly less gory, but heavier on dialogue.
|In "Dawn of the Dead", one of the characters forwards this explanation for the walking dead: "When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth." Which character was it? |
Peter. Peter explains that his grandfather was a voodoo priest in Trinidad and knew about such things. One must wonder at Peter's past. He has knowledge of voodoo, how to perform abortions, and vast firearm expertise. He is also a fantastic chef. Peter is quite a guy!
|Who played Barbara in the original "Night of the Living Dead"?|
Judith O'Dea. In the original "Night of the Living Dead", Barbara was shell-shocked, almost helpless, and hysterical to the point of melodrama. In the 1990 remake, Barbara was transformed into a fiery, capable woman of the 90's, even trading in her skirt for a pair of pants in the middle of the film. In the remake, Barbara even chalks up an impressive tally of destroyed zombies both hand-to-hand and by firearm. Times change!
|In the original "Night of the Living Dead", what explanation is offered for the walking dead?|
Radiation Exposure. You can hear the radiation explanation as the characters listen to the radio in the middle of the film. The radiation supposedly came from a satellite that burned-up in the atmosphere. Those were the days indeed; radiation found its way into a lot of horror and sci-fi films, especially pre-1970, reflecting the fears of the population at the time.
|In "Dawn of the Dead", which of the following is NOT true about the solo zombie that makes it up the stairs to attack Fran while the other three characters are running wild downstairs in the mall? |
He wore blue jeans.. This zombie was apparently a Hare Krishna in life and wore robes, not blue jeans. Fran fought him off with flares for a while, then the other characters returned and Roger dispatched the Krishna-zombie with the butt of a gun so as not to attract more walking corpses.
|Throughout the series, zombie bites are always eventually fatal, even if the victim initially survives the attack. In "Night of the Living Dead", who is the first person we see as a victim of this extended death? |
Karen. Karen has no lines in the film, being unconscious from her introduction due to having been "bitten by one of those things". She rises as a zombie herself and kills her mother in the basement of the farmhouse with a trowel. The trowel is the most lethal weapon used directly against a human by a zombie until we see one use a pistol in "Day of the Dead".
|In the remake of "Night of the Living Dead", Barbara survives until the end of the film. In the original, she is dragged from the house by one of the zombies and lost. The zombie that gets her is the corpse of one of the characters in the movie. Which character's corpse was it?|
Johnny. The corpse of Barbara's brother Johnny does the deed, as Romero plays with circular horror. Tom Savini's remake also plays in a circle, but in that film Barbara personally dispatches the zombie that killed her brother, and later finds Johnny's corpse in the bed of a pick-up, piled by civic-minded rednecks for disposal along with several others.
|The main hero of the original "Night of the Living Dead", Ben, survives the film.|
f. Ben is mistaken for a zombie by the ragtag group of police and hunters that approach the house in the morning and is shot in the head at long range.
|In all three films, who is the only NAMED character to commit suicide in such a way as to prevent rising again as a zombie?|
Steele. Steele, the beefy, boorish soldier, puts a bullet through his head in "Day of the Dead" as zombies approach. He won't get up again. Peter cocks his gun and almost does it in "Dawn of the Dead", but he changes his mind and escapes at the last second. In the same film, an unnamed SWAT member does it in the housing project. Miguel commits suicide of a sort in "Day of the Dead", using himself as live bait to let the zombies into the underground complex on the freight elevator. He doesn't die of a head wound, however. Nobody kills themselves in "Night of the Living Dead".
|What US State is the setting for "Day of the Dead"?|
Florida. The bulk of the movie takes place within the Seminole Storage Facility. That, coupled with the palm trees and alligator in the opening scene provide the best clues.
|Who handled makeup and special effects in "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead"?|
Tom Savini. Tom Savini also performed many stunts in "Dawn of the Dead", as well as having a minor role. Savini directed the remake of "Night of the Living Dead" and is a longtime friend of Romero. They worked on other projects together, including "Martin" and "Knightriders".
|In "Day of the Dead", which character has his arm amputated presumably to stop the zombie disease from killing him?|
Miguel. Miguel's arm is severed with a machete and cauterized with a gasoline-soaked torch. He regains consciousness during the torch part. Ouch!
|In "Dawn of the Dead", which character has a frantic one-on-one duel with a bearded zombie in the maintenence area of the mall, and finally wins with a well-placed shot with a revolver?|
Steven. Steven drops his ammo after reloading only one shot into the revolver; In this very suspenseful scene, he must aim and fire with five empty chambers until the bullet finally comes around to do the job.
|Which of the George Romero zombie films shows shows a corpse preying on something other than a human?|
Night of the Living Dead. In "Night of the Living Dead", a zombie leaning on a tree is shown eating bugs. Tom Savini's remake of "Night of the Living Dead" shows zombies eating bugs, worms, and even a mouse. Yuck!
|In which of the George Romero films do we see two of the characters posing for a bank camera as they shake hands and hold up a large sum of cash?|
Dawn of the Dead. The characters in the bank scene are Peter and Roger. They also play poker with large sums of cash later in the film, betting with hundred dollar bills.
|In "Dawn of the Dead", what is the name of the SWAT member that goes berserk in the housing project until he is finally shot by Peter?|
Wooley. He's the racist thug who begins shooting innocent civilians in a rampage. His name is mentioned several times, lastly when Peter meets Roger in the laundry room of the project. Peter, still in his gas mask at the time, says to Roger: "You was in Wooley's unit, wasn't ya?" I hope you enjoyed the quiz!
Did you find these entries particularly interesting, or do you have comments / corrections to make? Let the author know!
Send the author a thank you or
Submit a correction