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Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever Paperback – September 1, 2010
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The information and reminiscences are wonderful, and they come from the principal players and crew. I learned a lot about the movie, and the photographs are fantastic!
I just wish more of the book was about the first classic, not the tangential movies covered in the rest of the text. These portions of the book seem irrelevant, especially the blurbs about other zombie movies.
It was chock full of interesting details and anecdotes about one of my all-time favorite horror movies--some of which I already knew, and many of which I didn't. And I love that it covers ALL of Romero's work. PLus, it discusses the many films that had an influence on--and were influenced by--NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Joe Kane, aka The Phantom of the Movies, knows his stuff. I was a regular reader of his column when he wrote for the Daily News in NYC back in the 1980s. However, I was very surprised to see that "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" was not mentioned once throughout the book, since it's such a blatant rip-off of Romero's zombie flicks. I doubt that Mr. Kane is unfamiliar with the movie--maybe he just didn't want to give Bob Clark any space for some reason????
Anyway, I recommend this book highly to all fans of horror and the work of George A. Romero.
For a Romero beginner looking for a nice overview, this is a great book. For the hardcore Romero-fan (of which I am one), author Kane covers familiar ground, seemingly pulling all of his quotes from pre-existing documentary and print interviews and dvd commentaries. And, although the cover promises new photos, I didn't notice anything new there either.
However, the book does have one highlight: the author has various horror film figures contribute mini-essays about how NOTLD changed their lives, etc. These are a lot of fun.
The book is also well-designed, well-laid out and presented very nicely.
All in all, good - not great. For the beginner or completist.
However, the title is somewhat misleading, as only about half the book (or less) is actually a "behind-the-scenes" look at Night of the Living Dead. The rest of it is about how it was received in various markets, and how it opened various doors for the filmmakers involved. The book also provides a brief look into how this film was variously ripped off or paid homage, and how it influenced generations of later zombie movies.
Of the "extras" listed in this book, the only one to remain intact is the original screenplay. This is a nice touch because, rather than simply giving you what ended up on screen, it presents the film as originally conceived and gives the reader the chance to compare and contrast with the film as produced.
I'd have been happier had the description of the Kindle edition NOT suggested that there were previously unseen production and behind-the-scenes photographs. Though I had determined to purchase whether or not the photos had been included, I WAS pretty excited to see them. Sadly, they aren't in the Kindle edition.
A final gripe I have with the Kindle edition in particular is that, even though the formatting is very different from the print version, they still insisted on using pull quotes throughout. The various quotes at the beginning of the chapters were great, but those stuck in the middle were pointless and distracting.
Overall, I'm happy with the purchase, but the buyer should be aware that he or she is NOT getting what is indicated by the title and description.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the back stories of how this great horror movie came to pass. Despite the low budget, they used creative, yet cheap, solutions for some of the special effects. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cletus Soul
The title of this book is slightly misleading because the author talks about the career of George A. Romero, the Living Dead film franchise and anything related to zombies. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by MacheteJason
Several factual errors don't bring down the ship. This is an enjoyable making of book that film lovers will certainly enjoy. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Kurt Root
Been waiting to get this in my hot hands for a while. It was well worth the wait! Well written and the original screenplay is a sure bonus!!! Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Matt Hoagland
great book for a project i did for school. would have bought it even if i didn't have to read it! im not much of a reader- in fact i hate reading but this book was up my alley.Published on November 26, 2012 by Jordan Brown
First I do like this book for the most part. I has a lot of information on Night of the Living Dead. Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by Bill
I used to read The Phantom Of the Movies regularly in the Daily News. It stopped and I think part of that was because of a book like this; it claims to be about The Night of the... Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by Kindle Customer
My primary problem with the book is that about half of it deals with other George Romero films or films inspired by Night Of The Living Dead. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by David B. Minter