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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Narrator (voice)
... Narrator in addendum sequences (voice)
... Himself (as George Romero)
... Himself (as Richard Rubinstein)
... Himself
Carl Augenstein ... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself (as Scott Reiniger)
... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
Christine Forrest ... Herself (as Christine Romero)
Gahan Wilson ... Himself
Steve Bissette ... Himself
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A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn 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 »

Quotes

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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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 »

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Features Martin (1978) See more »

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Document of the Dead: How to make a bad documentary out of good material
25 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Let it be known I'm a big fan of Romeros works and after watching Birth of The Living Dead (2013) I was eager for more Romero documentary goodness.

This documentary is considerably older and it shows, made in 1985 it focuses mainly on Dawn Of The Dead (1978) but does look further into Romeros career especially Martin (1978).

Featuring lengthy interviews with Romero himself and Savini this should have been a masterworks yet comes across criminally boring and I honestly am not sure why.

It simply isn't insightful as it should be especially considering how much backstage footage is shown and several examples of stunts and makeup effects.

There are certainly nuggets to be taken away from this but ultimately it is a huge disappointment and does not deliver on anything I expected it to.

The Good:

Some of the backstage stuff is a lot of fun

The Bad:

Weak narration

More boring than you'd imagine it could be

Sound balancing is off

Things I Learnt From This Documentary:

Tom Savini is a bonafide badass


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