You think this is a fuckin’ costume? This is a way of life. - Suicide
I can feel myself rot. - Torso Zombie
Send more cops! - Zombie
More BRAINS! - Tarman
Do you ever wonder about all the different ways of dying? You know, violently? And wonder, like, what would be the most horrible way to die? - Trash
The two heroes of the movie are names Burt and Ernie, obviously an ironic reference to the popular Sesame Street (1969) characters, right? Wrong. Turns out Dan O’Bannon didn’t know he was using the names of the two beloved children’s show’s puppets.
Some of the zombie extras were paid more to eat real calf brains in the film. Dan O’Bannon didn’t want the actors to do anything he wasn’t willing to do and ate some raw calf brains first in front of them.
John A. Russo wrote a script called “The Return of the Living Dead” at the same time that George A. Romero was doing Dawn of the Dead (1978). An independent producer, Tom Fox, bought Russo’s script. He set up production and gave the script to Dan O’Bannon. O’Bannon refused to direct it as it was written. He felt that it was too much of a serious attempt at making a sequel to Night of the Living Dead (1968), and did not want to “…intrude so directly on Romero’s turf.” It was re-written with more humor.
When shooting Trash’s (Linnea Quigley’s) grave stone dance, she initially was completely naked and showed pubic hair, as was more the norm in the early 80’s. However, producer Graham Henderson visited the shoot that day, and according to himself and others, threw a fit, yelling at Dan O’Bannon that “You can’t show pubic hair on television”. Dan sent Linnea away and had her completely shaved, which coincidently, Linnea herself found to be the most embarrassing part of the whole thing. Then they did another shoot, to which Graham Henderson cried out “Oh god it’s even worse, you can see everything!”. At this point they sent Linnea Quigley over to Bill Munz and William Stout, where they made an alginate crotch piece, resembling the bottom of a g-string and glued it on. According to Linnea, this was a bit of a problem, since every time she had to go to the bathroom, they had to remove it. Because of this, there are no shots of Linnea with a completely naked crotch area.
Tobe Hooper was originally slated to direct and it was supposed to be filmed in 3-D.
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