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Document of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | 21 June 1985 (USA)
A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.




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Credited cast:
John Amplas ...
Carl Augenstein ...
Steve Bissette ...
David Emge ...
Christine Forrest ...
Herself (as Christine Romero)
Roy Frumkes ...
Michael Gornick ...
Joe Kane ...
Himself (as The Phantom of the Movies)
Greg Lamberson ...
Nicole Potter ...
Narrator (voice)
Richard P. Rubinstein ...


A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.

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21 June 1985 (USA)  »

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The Definitive Document of the Dead  »

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While editing the movie, the creators discovered that 10% of the negative from the original footage, including 66 shots, had disappeared. When the filmmakers didn't get a response from the New York school of visual arts, director Roy Frumkes resorted to contacting a psychic therapist (Nancy Orlen Weber) to see if she could help. Though she suspected most of the missing film had been maliciously destroyed, she did pick up on the fact one small roll of film had been misplaced at the Technicolor laboratory. It was not until years later a can of film resurfaced, where it had been stored under the wrong title was the film finally edited and put on the market. See more »


Roy Frumkes: [about "Day of the dead] Is this the end?
George A. Romero: The zombies are developing, and I'm getting dumber by the minute.
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Crazy Credits

Footage from the George Romero movies Night of the Living Dead, Martin, and Dawn of the Dead is played as the closing credits roll. See more »


Referenced in Making Slime (1998) See more »

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The Best of George and his Devotion
2 June 2002 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Fans of the Dead Trilogy have to at least seen this flick twice let alone own a copy in their video library. It is a wonderful look in the early to mid career of George Romero and his work in the art of Horror Movie Making. We take a deep look into not only Pittsburgh, where Romero lived and worked, but Romero himself and the journey into Night of the Living Dead, and the many films to follow. I enjoyed this film for the simple reason that it was shot on film and for a very low budget. It added to the realness of the story and the struggle of an Independent Film Maker and his journey into creating a film that will last for generations.

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