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Friday December 1st 2023

Day Of The Dead | 1985

The third of George A Romero’s zombie trilogy finds the undead vastly outnumbering the living, who are holed up in an underground bunker and indulging in some nastiness of their own.

Most of the filming took place in a limestone mine at Wampum, 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, toward New Castle, in Pennsylvania.

The giant elevator to the underground compound was the Nike missile base outside Pittsburgh, though the entrance (the elevator platform) was built in a field on Sanibel Island, off the southwest coast of Florida, near Fort Myers.

Sanibel Island was also used for the beach from which the survivors manage to escape at the end of the movie. The city of the dead, rendered suitably decayed for the filming, is Fort Myers itself, around Hendry Street between First and Main Streets. The marvellous 1941 art deco Edison Theatre Building stands virtually unchanged at 1533 Hendry Street, though it now functions as law offices.