Last night I watched Bob Clark’s 1974 film “Deathdream” aka “Dead of Night” (and others) for the first time in many years. I was struck by the chilling and yet moving performance by Richard Backus as Andy, the living dead son coming home from Vietnam, and struggling to cope with, well, being dead. What a gem this film is – no doubt to remade badly in the near future. It’s also one of Tom Savini’s first films as a make up artist. It made me wonder about other great “zombie” performances I have seen. And not just in major roles, but what about the non-speaking zombies that, no matter how small a part they played, are unforgettable? Here’s a few that I have great fondness for, large and small. (And yes, I’ve had to look some of the names up too) To name a few, but does anyone else have any particular favourites?
Jim Crut in Dawn of the Dead (1978) as the zombie who has the top of his head lopped off by the helicopter blades. He looked like ODDBOD from “Carry on Screaming”
Mindy Clarke as Julie in “Return of the Living Dead Part 3”
Telly Savalas as the Cossack captain in “Horror Express”
S. William Hinzman as the zombie in the graveyard at the beginning of “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
Elizabeth Moody as Mum in “Braindead” (1992)
Howard Sherman as Bub in “Day of the Dead” (1985)
Ermes Blasarin as the bloated woman who briefly becomes a zombie in the remake of “Dawn of the Dead” (2004)
And I definitely recommend seeing “Deathdream” if you haven’t before.