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Filming on Autopsy Of The Dead was great. We enjoyed our time in Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding areas. The people were fantastic with so kind with amazing hospitality. When we went to interview Norma Jean Gass who originally owned the farm house location, she had baked cookies waiting for us upon our arrival. Looking back the only issue we ever ran into while filming was when we showed up to do a interview with Herbert Summer. For some reason, his wife didn't want us to interview him in the house as was planned in advance. So I suggested outside and she rejected that as well. We were finally given a 3x3 foot section in the living room where Herbert was sitting against a white wall. Not the best background but it had to do if we wanted to get the interview included.
While the cast of the film are from Pennsylvania, I did cast one Quad Cities talent in a key role - Kimberly Kurtenbach Furness is the documentary narrator and you also hear her doing the voice over on the third trailer for Autopsy Of The Dead. I've worked with Kim on several films and it was great fun having her involved once again.
Sadly after filming five of these talented people have passed away: Bill Hinzman, Regis Survinski, Steve Hutsko, Lee Hartman, and William Burchinal. They were extremely kind to us and generous with sharing their stories about their involvement with Night Of The Living Dead. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.
As a special bonus, I've added nearly 1 hours worth of deleted interview footage clips from Autopsy Of The Dead on the Autopsy Of The Dead DVD Review page on this site. These were clips that we didn't have room for on the DVD but now you can watch them for free online.
Many of the 21 cast members for Autopsy Of The Dead have never been interviewed regarding their involvement in the film. The Autopsy cast includes:
Charles Craig (Newscaster, posse member, zombie)
Kyra Schon (Karen Cooper, dead body at the top of the stairs)
Gary Streiner (Sound man, posse member with a meat hook, Image Ten Investor)
Bill Hinzman (Cemetery Zombie, camera assistant, Image Ten Investor)
Regis Survinski (Explosions/zombie/Image Ten Investor)
Ella Mae Smith (Zombie)
Bill Cardille (Reporter, Chiller Theater)
Dave James (Last Zombie to be shot)
Steve Hutsko (cameraman for Bill Cardille)
Bob Harvey (Helicopter)
Joe Unitas (Lighting supervisor)
Lee Hartman (Zombie, newsroom typist, posse member, The Animators)
Rick Catizone (End Credits - The Animators)
William Burchinal (Zombie)
Bill Mogush (Zombie, Image Ten Investor)
Dick Heckard (Posse member "The Black Hat")
Charles Odato (Props)
Herbert Summer (Zombie who was shot at the gas pump by Duane Jones)
Norma Jean and Ken Gass (family who owned the farm house)
Lee Hollihan (Cricket Sound Effects)
- 144 minute documentary Autopsy Of The Dead
- Locations Of The Dead: A visit to the original Filming Locations comparison Then and Now.
- 1967 Behind The Scenes Newsreel
- Profile: Rick Catizone of The Animators
- Archive Of The Dead: A gallery of authentic props and memorabilia
- Autopsy Of The Dead Blooper Reel
- Original Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots
- Original Publicity Still Gallery
Autopsy Of The Dead DVD Specifications
144 Minutes / 4:3 / Color All Region DVD NTSC Format
Autopsy Of The Dead Producer and Director Jeff Carney said, "Each cast and crew member had their own unique contribution to the film and view on the production of Night Of The Living Dead which should never be forgotten. I'm very proud to say we preserved their stories. Night Of The Living Dead changed cinema forever when the dead walked for the first time on that silver screen back in 1968. Horror films were never the same thanks to all the talent behind the film. Autopsy Of The Dead is not made for the casual fan of the film. It's designed for the hardcore fan who wants to spend an afternoon watching and learning about what it took to make a horror classic directly from the people who did it and in more detail than anyone ever dreamed of before. If you take the documentary and add all the extra supplemental material on the DVD, then the total time it would take to watch it all is close to 3 hours."
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Autopsy Of The Dead for the wonderful honors we have received:
- Nominated for the Home Video Industry's Highest Honor, Best Direct To Video Title Of The Year at the 2010 Reaper Awards (sponsored by Home Media Magazine and DreadCentral.com - Celebrity Judge Filmmaker Roger Corman.
-Fan nominated for Best Independent Film Of The Year (2009) at the Eighth Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.
-Winner Best Documentary Of The Year at The Dead Letter Awards sponsored by Mail Order Zombie.
Carney went on to explain, "It's a very different type of documentary than what has been done in the past. We purposely stayed away from interviewing George Romero, Russell Streiner, John Russo, and a few others who have been interviewed both in print and on camera, a lot in the past on their experiences in making the film. While I personally always enjoyed hearing them talk about the movie and appreciate their talent and their own individual contributions to the film, Autopsy Of The Dead goes into a completely different direction and is about those people who have not talked a lot about the film through the years and preserving their stories. Yet fans will still see a few familiar faces in the documentary along with a lot of new ones who they will appreciate and learn about in our documentary. It's definitely not the same stories which fans of the film have heard and read about for years."
Autopsy Of The Dead Producer and Writer Jim Cirronella echoed the sentiment by adding "If I had just one word to describe Night Of The Living Dead, it would be love. While it may seem strange to describe a film in which the dead rise to attack and the devour the living as "love," it is that rare cinematic work where the filmmakers' collective love and devotion to their craft is evident in ever frame. It's equally rare that for a film initially dismissed by critics, it was almost immediately loved and embraced by a worldwide legion of fans. Their rabid enthusiasm for the cultural phenomenon that exists today due to Night Of The Living Dead can be best described as love. It's this same love and respect for the original film which compelled us to preserve it's history by creating Autopsy Of The Dead."
In 1968, the DEAD walked...
Now the DEAD will talk...
Board up the windows and doors! More than 40 years after filming the 1968 horror masterpiece Night Of The Living Dead, the "dead" return in the all-new documentary Autopsy Of The Dead. Packed with 21 extensive cast and crew interviews, never before seen photos, behind the scenes footage, visits to the original filming locations, and other surprises to satisfy the hungriest ghoul's devotion to Night Of The Living Dead. Get ready for the most in-depth visual document on the making of the great American horror film that won't stay dead. The running time of the documentary is 144 minutes Visit the official website AutopsyOfTheDead.com for more information.
Autopsy Of The Dead Producer, Writer, and Director Jeff Carney said "The production was our crusade to document and save a precious piece of cinema history that was quickly becoming lost due to the ravages of time. Autopsy Of The Dead is our best effort to lovingly preserve a film's history that not only means so much to us but to millions of fans around the world. This historical documentary provides a detailed view of the production by preserving the stories of the people who were witness to it firsthand. Many of whom have never been interviewed about their experiences before or in such great detail. Night Of The Living Dead changed cinema forever when the dead first walked back in 1968. As new generations of fans discover this classic film, it's our hope that the "dead" will forever walk and their stories will always be remembered."
In late September 2007, Karl Hardman passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was one of the talented creative forces behind Night Of The Living Dead. If you are a fan of Night Of The Living Dead and would like to honor Karl in some way - Please take the time to make a donation (in any amount) to one of his favorite organizations that he supported - The Animal Rescue League Of Western Pennsylvania.
You can stay up to date on AUTOPSY OF THE DEAD by liking our Facebook pagefor the latest Autopsy news and see some rare artifacts/material from Night Of The Living Dead. Much of which is Exclusive to AUTOPSY Of The DEAD. Some of which has never been seen before including on the Autopsy DVD. You'll also have to chance to interact with other Night Of The Living Dead fans who share your love and enthusiasm for the classic 1968 George Romero Film.
To see DVD Reviews - please visit the Autopsy Of The Dead DVD review page.