I first saw Dawn of the Dead (or Zombies Dawn of the Dead to give it the UK title) as a 16-year-old in 1982. It was at a sci-fi convention in Manchester and I was, as the saying goes, completely blown away. Thirty-two years later it remains one of my faves, and a film that I am determined to chronicle via the words of the people who made it. So after tackling Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot for the Centipede Press series Studies in the Horror Film I am now looking at deconstructing George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead in the same manner.
My first interview was conducted tonight. David Crawford, aka committed scientist Doctor Foster, has been in Edinburgh for the last month performing his one-man show on HP Lovecraft. On his very last day before flying home he gave me a terrific interview about working on the film, the mindset of the actor and how to stand out in a small role in an ensemble production. David was engaged on the movie for just half a day but his contribution was significant: with fellow actor David Early (as Mr Berman) he had to lay the groundwork for what was to come in succinct and plausible fashion. Almost four decades later he views his fleeting appearance as one of the most important of his career. And he is proud to be a part of the enduring Dawn legacy. Watch David in the trailer here.
More interviews to follow. Grateful thanks to David Crawford for his time tonight.