The Making of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead (Book)

Release Date: 09/23/2014
Publisher: Plexus
Author: Lee Karr

There are three basic types of Romero fans out there.  Those who favor Night of the Living Dead, those who obsess over Dawn of the Dead, and those who live by Day of the Dead.  Clearly author Lee Karr is the latter.  The Making of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead will make you rethink your definition of thorough.  The author digs deep interviewing numerous people (from the obvious principle contributors to those who just had minor roles).  I thought I had a wealth of knowledge on all things Day of the Dead with a number of commentaries, interviews, and Q & A's under my belt, but Lee Karr has proven me a true novice.

There are a number of reviews out there claiming that reading this book will make you feel as if you were on set.  That is no exaggeration.  With the sheer amount of detail, behind the scenes pictures, and care put into this book it will make you feel like you were actually living in the mine with crew.

The book kicks off with a foreward from Greg Nicotero who essentially got his start on Day of the Dead.  That foreward is then followed by Karr's preface where the author dives into his literally obsession with the film.  At this point it becomes pretty clear this book is a labor of love.  From there the books gets into the very early beginnings (and we mean very early), starting with a small blurb printed on the back of the Dawn of the Dead poster.

The author gets into the pre-production; the struggles for Romero to get his grandiose vision from script to screen (which ultimately didn't happen).  A good bit of time is spent on this subject, even the most seasoned of fan's will likely take away a few bits of new knowledge.

My favorite portion of the book however are the extensive interviews and anecdotes relayed by the FX team.  Karr spends a good amount of time documenting the groundbreaking work Savini and company did on Day of the Dead, not only is portion of the book extremely interesting, it's also hilarious and at times a bit vulgar.  The SFX crew clearly had a great (and occasionally dangerous) time during their stay at the Mine.

With six chapters Lee Karr delivers the most in depth look at the creation of "the darkest day of horror." I think it's safe to say there will never be a more detailed book on the matter.  Karr's love and obsession of the film pours through with every page.  The colorful behind the scenes photographs also do their part bringing each page to life.  I can't say enough good things about this book, it truly is the Day of the Dead compendium.