This is the story of Tom, an advertising contractor with an empty, gray existence, just like his cold work commute through concrete. After an untimely death, he enjoys the comforts of Heaven, but a wrongly perceived crises (God doesn’t understand that the Devils are a hockey team) results in the need for a miracle. Tom is the unlucky choice to be risen up to fight the Devils. Unfortunately, Heaven botches the job and Tom is a rotting corpse. The only solution is for him to drink a lot of alcohol to preserve himself. The side effect is that he gets intoxicated!
Young nurse, Charlotte Beale, arrives at the “Stevens Sanitarium and home for the mentally ill” after accepting a job offer from the Sanitarium’s head doctor, Dr. Roy Stevens, who is known for his unorthidoxed methods of treating the mentally insane. Upon arrival, she is greated with a stunning revelation; Dr. Stevens and the majority of the staff has been murdered by one of the patients, and the Sanitarium itself is on the brink of takeover. The only remaining staff member, Dr. Geraldine Masters, has resumed control of the Sanitarium, but can hardley remain control of the patients, who are all forgotten members of society deemed “hopelessly” damaged psychologically. Willing to assist Dr. Masters with the task of keeping the patients under control, she begins to get to know each of the patients, and grows particularly fond of a child-like man named, Sam.
As she continues to befriend, Sam, strange things begin to occur and Charlotte soon realizes things may not be as the appear, and the sense of grave danger becomes imminate.
Bill Hinzman, the first zombie to lumber across the screen in George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead, has sadly passed away. Details are slim right now, but it’s reported that he succumbed to cancer. Check back here for any updates.
I never get really sentimental when people in the film world leave us, but I’ve met Bill numerous times over the last decade. He was a regular at the Spooky Empire horror convention in Orlando, FL and kicked off the annual zombie walk almost every year that I went. He was always a cool guy, hanging out at the pool with everyone as the festival started winding down for the evening, and I never saw him turn down a fan for a quick photo in the hallway, an autograph, or even an interview.
He was in several early Romero films – he even DPed The Crazies – but his first scene in Night would set the precedent for the undead in one of the most well-known and highly regarded trilogies in horror history (I count Land as the start of a new one). RIP Bill Hinzman, THE FIRST ROMERO ZOMBIE. READ MORE