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Night of the Living Trivia



1. In 1974, between the releases of The Crazies and Martin, Romero directed a made-for-TV sports documentary about a football star who would achieve a different kind of fame two decades later. The film? O.J. Simpson: Juice on the Loose.

2. Dawn of the Dead was released in many territories overseas (where it was a smash) under the title Zombie. Italian director Lucio Fulci was releasing his own zombie flick around the same time, so to avoid confusion, his movie was titled Zombie 2, even though it had nothing to do with Romero's film.

3. In 1998, a revised version of Night of the Living Dead was released on DVD. Without the participation of Romero, this atrocity chopped out some of the original film's scenes and inserted newly shot material for this 30th Anniversary Edition. It's a ghastly desecration of the hallowed original and should be avoided at all costs.

4. The blood in the black-and-white Night of the Living Dead was actually chocolate syrup.

5. According to, spoof titles of Night of the Living Dead have included Night of the Living Bread, Night of the Living Bed, Knight of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Babes, and Night of the Living Dead Mexicans.

6. The reason there are so many different DVD versions of Night of the Living Dead is because the releasing company failed to copyright the picture, thus allowing it to fall into the public domain.

7. There are six movies in the Dead series: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and a new film that has yet to be titled (it's due for release later this year).

8. Real animal intestines were used as human innards in Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.

9. In Sight & Sound's 2002 movie poll, Romero cited the following as his 10 favorite films of all time: The Brothers Karamazov; Casablanca; Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb; High Noon; King Solomon's Mines; North by Northwest; The Quiet Man; Repulsion; Touch of Evil; and his No. 1 choice, The Tales of Hoffmann.

10. Romero has directed a handful of actors who were Academy Award nominees (and one winner) over the course of his career, including Ed Harris (Knightriders and Creepshow), Julie Harris (The Dark Half), Hal Holbrook (Creepshow), Dennis Hopper (Land of the Dead), Oscar winner Timothy Hutton (The Dark Half), and Amy Madigan (The Dark Half).

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