17 Facts About Zombie Movies

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (ORIGINAL)
The main house did not have a true basement but a dirt “potter’s” cellar, and thus had no long staircase leading down to it. The basement scenes were filmed in the editing studio’s cellar.

CEMETARY MAN
Many sources incorrectly state that this film is derived from Tiziano Sclavi’s comics featuring the hero Dylan Dog; it is in fact an adaptation of a Schlavi Novel (also called Dellamorte Dellamore) that does not contain the Dylan Dog character. Years earlier, however, Schlavi did base his Dylan Dog drawings on the facial features of Rupert Everett which is probably how the confusion began.

ZOMBIELAND
The twinkies that Woody Harrelson eats in Zombieland are not real!
Woody is a vegan and also does not consume any sugar, so the elusive yellow snack cakes that his character is OBSESSED with were actually a big no-no for him. Fortunately, the filmmakers were able to provide the star with a convincing substitute made out of corn meal, which the actor found to be delicious. He even thinks the faux spongecakes could bring about a ‘healthy Twinkie revolution’!

DEAD SNOW
This film’s main trailer shows black-and-white World War II archive footage including battleships, parachuting and a command room featuring Adolf Hitler but this material is not seen in the actual movie

PLANET TERROR
In the scene in the hospital when Dakota is called on by her husband Dr. Bill Block to bring the needles there is a brief shot of her notepad which reads: “To do / Cereal for Tony / Crickets for Tony’s pets / Kill Bill” – the latter of course a reference to Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films.

WHITE ZOMBIE
This film was shot in only eleven days, completed March 1932.

LAND OF THE DEAD
George A. Romero was so impressed with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004) that he asked them to appear in this, the fourth part of his “Dead” series, and they appear as the photo-booth zombies in the carnival/bar-room sequence. They also feature prominently in the artwork for the unrated directors’ cut.

PONTYPOOL
Actress Georgina Reilly had a problem with her character’s having to “babble” and was concerned about what the words would mean to her character.

WARM BODIES
When R is talking to Julie outside her house the scene is referencing to the balcony scene of “Romeo and Juliet”. R (Romeo) is talking to Julie (Juliet) on the balcony.

28 DAYS LATER
For the London scenes, police would close the roads at 4am, and filming would begin immediately. After 1 hour, the police would reopen the roads. The producers correctly predicted that asking drivers (including clubbers headed home) to either wait for up to an hour or find another route might make some of them angry. They got several extremely attractive young women (including Danny Boyle’s daughter) to make the necessary requests, and the drivers responded quite amicably to them.

RESIDENT EVIL
When the Red Queen is watching Dr. Green yelling at the camera when the room is filling with water (“There’s no fire!”), her face gets magnified in a yellow box with data under it, one of which lists her name not as Dr. Green but as Dr. Anna Bolt, which is the name of the actor who plays Dr. Green.

REDNECK ZOMBIES
Pericles Lewnes gave himself a concussion when he dropped the barrel of toxic waste on the first take.

BLACK SHEEP
The sequence with the sheep driving the land rover took several days to film. Moreover, the scene with the land rover going over the cliff was done in a single take.

COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES
15 litres of fake blood was used

DANCE OF THE DEAD
Unlike most zombie films, aside from the sound of sirens in a very early scene, there are no police officers or military soldiers present or seen at anytime in the film.

THE EVIL DEAD
The original script called for all the characters to be smoking marijuana when they are first listening to the tape. The actors decided to try this for real, and the entire scene had to be later re-shot due to their uncontrollable behavior.

WORLD WAR Z
Peter Capaldi plays a doctor with the World Health Organization and is credited as “W.H.O. Doctor.” The film makers had inside knowledge that Capaldi would soon be portraying the title role in Doctor Who (2005). The BBC publicly announced the casting two months after the film was released.

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