Filmed largely in a Monroeville shopping mall over four months in late 1977/early 1978, George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” was a grungy, dangerous and seemingly miraculous shoot. Ralph and Bob Langer, two zombie extras in the film, captured the insanity on Super 8 cameras to produce a jaw-dropping behind the scenes look.
A walking tour of the Monroeville mall, the Langer doc offers unfettered access to prepping the zombies for the camera and the stunts Romero’s team orchestrated to pull off some spectacular deaths.
Some highlights from the shoot to watch out for: Watching the crew place real explosives on the back of the actors’ heads (much to the Langers’ astonishment), seeing Tom Savivi before his fame apply makeup and talk about his work like it was nothing, pulling the Langers’ camera away from scenes where the film was doing damage to the mall (at Romero’s request) and witnessing Clayton Hill recreate his escalator ascent.
The result, of course, is stunning. Watch the 13-minute 1978 doc below.