While the convention opens officially tonight, Dallas was treated to a rare opportunity at the DFW Alamo Drafthouse, not only to see Dawn of the Dead on the big screen but also to have that screening attended by George Romero, Tom Savini, David Emge and Scott Reiniger.
The Drafthouse connected artist collective Mondo was also on hand with a very limited edition action figure, that was only available to ticket holders:
The film was preceded by a very well moderated conversation between the zombie genre luminaries.
Here Romero and Savini give their opinion of The Walking Dead:
Predictably, Savini and Romero dominated the conversation simply because Romero got most of the questions and Savini has a lot of cool stuff to say. Emge and Reiniger did speak up though and Emge provided, what I considered, the moment of the night when he walked through his process in creating his famous zombie walk when zombified Flyboy exits the elevator toward the end of the film. He said that he considered all of the physicality of it. When he fell into the elevator, he said, he had broken his ankle, so it’s turned at that odd angle. He was holding the gun so it remained on his finger, his arm had been shot, so it hangs to the side. It was just fascinating to hear someone talk through creating such an iconic performance.
Here Emge prepares to take a photo of the audience for a family member. I’m pretty sure everyone wanted him to be their new grandpa:
When asked what scared each of them, Savini and Reiniger agreed on cockroaches, Emge said his second ex-wife and Romero, with his trademark sly smile, said Texas senator and crazy person Ted Cruz, to a rousing round of applause I might add.
Be on the lookout for more coverage of Texas Frightmare Weekend in the near future. The convention opens tonight at the Hyatt Regency at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport.
Here’s another, larger chunk of the Q & A: