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Birth of the Living Dead pays tribute to George Romero and Monroeville

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I was a star in Day of the Dead. I played, in a teeny, teeny cameo, a one-eyed golfer. One hour for Tom Savini to put the make-up on; two hours to take it off. The flick was filmed in the Monroeville Mall, a short hop from me today outside of Pittsburgh. Ah, but the mall has fallen sadly. I earned a buck for the role, and got to write about it way back then.
In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed the more famous Night of the Living Dead, a low-budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.
The new DVD Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers---policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad men, housewives and a roller-rink owner---to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.
Can I get a buck to watch?

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