May 10, 2007

Researching for a novel I came across this account of the filming of George Romero’s masterpiece, Dawn of the Dead. Everything I really need to know I learned in kindergarten, and one of those things was to share:

Once the zombies did get a quick meal their feast had to be graphically shown. The raider Sledge, played by Stavrakis, gets his abdomen ripped open by a mob of zombies. Savini sculpted a false chest appliance and glued it to Stavrakis from his groin to his neck. Blood tubing and actual sheep intestines were sealed inside. All the extras would have to do is rip the foam abdomen open.

Anyone who would actually stick these entrails in their mouths were shot for gross-out close-ups. Whenever zombies ate what looked to be human entrails, they were actually gnawing on hams, hot dogs or other deli meats. One extra, a pregnant lady, proposed having the zombies rip her open and a fetus falling out. This idea was too shocking even for Romero and Savini.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 10, 2007 02:38 PM
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I once ate a sheep's eyeball. Can I play?

Posted by: Aitch Jay on May 10, 2007 5:43 PM

I can go you one better. I have even eaten hotdogs. So what? Well may you ask. Years ago the AP ran a story out of Colorado about a man arrested for stealing what turned out to be two crates of beef rectums (recta?) from a meat packing plant. Where would those crates have wound up if they hadn't been diverted to the evidence room? You think maybe the ball park?

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on May 11, 2007 8:32 AM

Or maybe cat food?

Posted by: Duff Orben on May 11, 2007 10:04 AM

Nope,they use melamine for the cat food.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on May 11, 2007 6:38 PM
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