This feature-length documentary, made especially for the 2003 Aliens (1986) DVD release, is incredibly informative with all its interviews with both the cast and crew, as well as behind the... See full summary »
Charles de Lauzirika
A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers.
A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and ... See full summary »
OK documentary about George Romero, Tom Savini, and DAWN OF THE DEAD
DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD has a promising idea behind it: the making of horror
classic DAWN OF THE DEAD. Yet it only features a bit of footage centering
around DAWN OF THE DEAD, which is not that interesting. Other footage
revolves around MARTIN, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and TWO EVIL EYES. Tom
Savini is interviewed, but seems bitter in most of the footage. Romero seems
like a nice, down-to-earth guy and gives valuable information about
low-budget filmmaking, distribution, and ratings problems. Only three of the
four DAWN leads are interviewed and not in-depth at all, which was of
interest to me. Some nice bits about DOCUMENT is a Calgon soap commercial by
Romero's 60s company featuring none other than NIGHT stars Russell Streiner
and Karl Hardman!; also are some alternate takes of some scenes in DAWN (the
scene of zombies breaking through the apartment complex barricade is longer
and scarier; dialogue in the scene of subduing a black female zombie) that
make me wonder if they appear in ANY cut of the finished product? I'd love
to know, they really are more effective. Susan Tyrell, a personal favorite,
narrates the whole thing. I love her voice, so it's nice to hear her. Select
scenes from NOTLD and MARTIN are featured, but what are they doing here?
It's as if director Roy Frumkes ran out of DAWN material and improvised in
the editing room! Overall, DOCUMENT is recommended only to hardcore Romero
and Savini fans; then again, I'm a hardcore fan myself and I STILL didn't
like this. Oh well, give it a try, but don't expect a masterpiece.
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