Mourning the loss of one of our zombie brethren… and help save a horror landmark

 

I was sad to hear about the passing of Bill Hinzman earlier this month. You may know him better as the cemetery zombie from the original ‘Night of the Living Dead’. He passed away on February 5th at the age of 75 from cancer.

While he may not have gone on to great stardom after NOTLD, he has always been close the the hearts of every modern shambler fanatic. He was the first rotting glimpse we got of what Romero had in store for us. Hinzman went on to play roles in a few other genre movies. He even directed one of his own, ‘Flesheater’ in 1988. Naturally, it was a zombie flick.

Bill was also a mainstay of horror conventions, and I am doubly sad that I will never get to meet the man. By all accounts he was a great guy to hang out with, and thoroughly enjoyed his stature as the first modern zombie.

Here he is in a pizza commercial that will surely put a smile… or at least revolting¬† rictus on your face…

 

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While we are on the subject of the living dead, I wanted to mention a cause that may interest all of us fans of the seminal NOLTD. It seems that the Evans City Chapel, which also had a cameo in the film, is in need of our help. The chapel has fallen into massive disrepair over the years, and is in danger of being torn down. Gary R. Steiner, who happens to have been the sound engineer on the film, has a year to raise $50,000 to restore the chapel to it’s former state. Please go to the website for further info. And if you can’t donate, at least help to spread the word.¬† The website lists all the ways one can pitch in. You can donate, buy merch from the store, or attend any of the events listed on their page. Please do all you can to save this landmark from destruction!

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