Here are our DAY OF THE DEAD Cast and Crew Members, listed in order of the films credits:
Lori had roles in a few TV series as well as PAROLE (1982), a made for TV drama before landing the role of “Sarah” in George Romero’s DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). Appearances in a couple more television shows like The Equalizer and Tales From the Darkside led to the made for TV cop ‘n mobster movie, DEAD AND ALIVE: THE RACE FOR GUS FARACE (1991) with Tony Danza and Frank Vincent. She’s also produced a couple of short films, including MILKMAN (2015) which is just wrapping up, and has appeared in several documentaries and featurettes on the making of DAY OF THE DEAD over the last few years.
Terry played chopper pilot “John” in George Romero’s DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). Before that, the Detroit, Michigan native got his start in television playing a cop in the soap opera Another World and has frequently appeared in made for TV movies and television series ever since. As far as film work goes, his first role was as a guard in the cult horror-comedy THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON (1973) before he landed the role in DAY OF THE DEAD. Other films Wastelanders may recognize Terry from include THE HORROR SHOW (1989) with Lance Henriksen and Brion James, and Richard Donner’s CONSPIRACY THEORY (1997) with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts to name a couple.
Boston born Josef Pilato, Jr. took his first steps into acting in college. Bitten by the acting bug, he made his way to New York to pursue theatre and in the late 1970s, relocated to Pittsburgh, PA. He became a member of the Pittsburgh Film Family and consequently met up with George Romero, who cast him in a small role as a cop in DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978). This led to another role as a disgruntled fair worker in KNIGHTRIDERS (1981) and his best known role in a Romero film as “Captain Rhodes” in DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) which naturally remains near and dear to his heart. Between DAWN OF THE DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD, Pilato landed the lead role in the horror film, EFFECTS (1980), and has appeared in other Wasteland favorites like Fred Olen Ray’s ALIENATOR (1990), THE EVIL INSIDE ME (1993) with Roddy McDowall, Robert Kurtzman’s THE DEMOLITIONIST (1995), WISHMASTER (1997), and THE GHOULS (2003) to name a few. He recently completed NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: ORIGINS (2014) where he played the “Harry Cooper” character in a loose telling of the classic horror story set in a New York apartment building. You’ll find Joe Pilato in assorted television shows, short films, video games, and doing voice work in various TV series, like the animated DIGIMON series where he voiced the “MetalGreymon” character.
Ireland born Jarlath Conroy played “McDermott” in DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). Before that he had a small role in Michael Cimino’s HEAVEN’S GATE (1980) and played “Will” in the taped version of THE ELEPHANT MAN stage play in 1982. Jarlath has also appeared in several television shows (NYPD BLUE, and a few of the LAW & ORDER series to name a few), short films, and has done voice work various video games. You’ll also find him in KINSEY (2004) with Liam Neeson, the thriller STAY (2005) with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, as well as the Coen brothers version of TRUE GRIT (2010) with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon to name a few.
Most horror fans will know Antone’ DiLeo from his role as stressed out “Pvt. Miguel Salazar”, the guy who went over the edge and let the living dead into the bunker in George Romero’s DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). You’ll also find him as “Corncook” in KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), “Vandal” in MONKEY SHINES (1988), and as a taxi driver in Romero’s segment of TWO EVIL EYES (1990). He’s also appeared in Tim Robbins BOB ROBERTS (1992), George Miller’s LORENZO’S OIL (1992), and the Norman Jewison comedy ONLY YOU (1994). Antone’ actually made his first ever convention appearance at the Cinema Wasteland Show back in October 2003… 2003?… Wow, how time flies.
To any fan worth their weight in trivial knowledge, you’ll know Howard Sherman as “Bub”, the scene stealing zombie from George Romero’s DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). Having spent most of his career in television and non-horror film roles, Howard doesn’t have all that many “horror movie” credits to his name. He does however have some memorable film and TV roles under his belt, like continuing character “Peter” from the MAX HEADROOM TV series, a hitman in LETHAL WEAPON 2 (1989), “Lex Luthor” in the 1989-1992 SUPERBOY TV series, “Dr. Dietz” in THE STAND (1994) mini-series, and too many TV guest appearances to name here. He’s also done a ton of voice work for video games, cartoons, and animated series over the years. Always involved with the Theater, Howard doesn’t do all that many appearances since he’s always working, so break out those “Bub” photos and DAY OF THE DEAD posters when he joins us for our DAY OF THE DEAD Cast Reunion this Spring.
Before acting, the 6’ 3” Gary Klar had a short lived career in professional football. Before landing the role of “Steel” in DAY OF THE DEAD (1985), he had small roles in the comedy HERO AT LARGE (1980), the John Cassavettes crime thriller, GLORIA (1980), the horror film, A STRANGER IS WATCHING (1982), and John Landis’ TRADING PLACES (1983). After DAY OF THE DEAD roles in several television shows and films continued to come his way and you’ll find Gary in films like 3 MEN AND A BABY (1987), BIG (1988), MARRIED TO THE MOB (1988), PINK CADILLAC (1989), MIAMI BLUES (1990), CADILLAC MAN (1990), and HACKERS (1995) to name a few.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, John Amplas, might best be known to Wasteland fans as the troubled teen who may or may not be a vampire in director George Romero’s horror classic, MARTIN (1977). John has also worked on, or acted in, several other films with Romero. He served as casting director and had a small role in DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), appeared as “Whiteface” in KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), showed up as Nathan’s walking corpse in CREEPSHOW (1982), and took the role of “Dr. Ted Fisher” in DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). Amplas appeared as an FBI agent in the regional horror outing BLOODEATERS (1980) which may better be known to some as Toxic Zombies, and put in another great performance as vicious backwoods Satanist, “Abraham,” in John Russo’s MIDNIGHT (1982). More recently, John played an evil, greedy priest in DADDY COOL (2002), appeared in a couple of short films, and has a couple of film roles in movies that are currently in post-production. Although most fans know him from his film work with George Romero, John Amplas has a had a long stage career as both an actor and director to keep himself busy between film-related work. He’s a founding member and serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company and, just to add a couple more hours to his day, teaches acting as an Associate Professor with the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University.
Phil was “Miller”, one of the few soldiers left to defend against the zombie hoards in George Romero’s DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). You’ll also find him in the made for TV biography, A PROMISE KEPT: THE OKSANA BAIUL STORY (1994) about the Olympic figure skater, as well as the 2013 DAY OF THE DEAD documentary on the Shout Factory DVD release of the film.
Actor and stuntman Taso Stavrakis did stunt work and appeared as one of the motorcycle raiders in George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) and appeared as “Ewain” in KNIGHTRIDERS (1981) before taking the job as stunt coordinator and the role of “Torrez”, one of the soldiers, in DAY OF THE DEAD (1985). As an actor, he played “Semmet Cairo” in BLOODSUCKING PHARAOHS IN PITTSBURGH (1991) as well as appearing in a handful of other films and television shows including the recent horror film, THE CONTROL GROUP (2014) with Brad Dourif. He was the stunt coordinator on CREEPSHOW 2 (1987) and did stunt work on THE MASK OF ZORRO(1998), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (2003) and the pilot episode of THE WALKING DEAD television show (2010) to name a few.
To horror movie fans, Tom isn’t just an actor, director, and stuntman. No sirree, to most fans, Tom will always be “The Guru of Gore”, a masterful makeup effects artist that created some of the most memorable “splatter” effects to ever ooze down the silver screen. He began his effects career working on the 1972 Bob Clark film DEATHDREAM and the 1974 shocker, DERANGED. In 1976 he began his partnership with George Romero acting and doing the effects for Romero’s vampire tale, MARTIN. He also worked with George Romero on DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) doing both makeup and stunts, CREEPSHOW (1982), DAY OF THE DEAD (1985), TWO EVIL EYES (1990) and MONKEY SHINES (1988). You can also catch his splatter filled craftsmanship in FRIDAY THE 13th - PARTS 1 and 4, Bill Lustig’s classic MANIAC (1980), THE BURNING (1981), THE PROWLER (1981), and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986) to name but a few of the films Tom has left his mark on. In 1984, he began directing with a trio of “Tales From the Crypt” episodes, and in 1990, he was given the chance to direct a feature film with the updated NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ‘90. He finished up with the first installment of his CHILL FACTOR short film series with the episode HOUSE CALL in 2004, and on the acting side of his resume, showed up as a Sheriff in the DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) remake, appears as zombie “Blade” in Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD (2005), and can be found in PLANET TERROR (2007), as well as LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE (2008), THE DEAD MATTER (2010), MACHETE (2010), HORRORWEEN (2011), DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012), and MACHETE KILLS (2013) to name but a few. Currently, Tom has several film roles in movies that are in various stages of production.
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Shaun was an adult film actor, writer, and director during the 1970s and 1980s “golden age” of porn. He had a knack for churning out one day films that usually had a bit of an S&M theme to them and wound up playing in the Avon Theater. One of his first films was the notorious FORCED ENTRY (1973) with Harry Reems as a shell-shocked Vietnam vet who stalks, rapes, and murders women. LOOPS (1973) was a documentary style film about a day in the life of a pornographer that featured Fred Lincoln and Lucy Grantham, who went on to star in LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. One of his most notorious films was WATER POWER (1977), starring Jamie Gillis as “The Enema Bandit”, a guy on a cleaning mission who forces evil women to have an enema. It flopped when it first came out, but has become one of the most outrageous adult films to hit cult film status since. Not all of Shaun’s films were over the top. Some, like TEENAGE NURSES (1974), THE LOVE BUS (1974), SENSUOUS FLYGIRLS (1976), CHERRY HUSTLERS (1977), and DRACULA EXOTICA (1980) were simply adult films of the day and tried to toss a little story and plot into the mix. All in all, Shaun wrote, produced, and starred or appeared in almost 100 adult films before he retired from the business in the late 1980s.
Tempe, Arizona native Jeanne Silver (aka Jean Silver) was an adult film actress and model in the late 70s and 80s with a very unusual gimmick. She had the lower left part of her leg removed as a child, which left her with a phallic-shaped stump she used to service her partners. This was best showcased in the film, LONG JEANNE SILVER (1977), a pseudo-documentary style adult film centered around Jean’s sex life. You’ll also find Jean in the William Lustig directed VIOLATION OF CLAUDIA (1977), DEBBIE DOES DALLAS 2 (1981) with Robert Kerman and the elusive Bambi Woods; Carter Stevens HOUSE OF SIN (1982), Fred Lincoln’s (yes, the same Fred Lincoln from Last House on the Left) EVERY MAN’S FANTASY (1983), MANEATERS (1983), and FREEDOM OF CHOICE (1985). She worked on several films with director John Christopher (PIGGIES, PLEASURE CHANNEL, HYPERSEXUALS, etc), and appeared in Shaun Costello’s cult adult film, WATER POWER (1977) featuring Jamie Gillis as the “Enema Bandit”, as well as PRISONER OF PLEASURE (1981), and MY MISTRESS ELECTRA (1983). Jean also appeared in LADY LUST (1984) with Edy Williams and Sharon Mitchell which was cut down to a soft sex version and released to video stores everywhere. She wrapped up her adult film career with director Henri Pachard’s TABOO AMERICAN STYLE 4 Part Series (1985).
Peter’s long career has found him acting in everything from big budget Hollywood hits to low budget B films, television shows and voice work in various animated feature films, series, and cartoons. Fans seem to always remember him when you bring up the character “Orville Ketchum”, which he played in director Jim Wynorski’s SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2 (1990) and HARD TO DIE (1990). He’s worked with Wynorski and Fred Olen Ray several times over the years on films like MUNCHIE (1992), DINOSAUR ISLAND (1994), MUNCHIE STRIKES BACK (1994), VICTIM OF DESIRE (1995), BIKINI DRIVE-IN (1995), ATTACK OF THE 60 FOOT CENTERFOLD (1995), NIGHT SHADE (1996), BILLY FRANKENSTEIN (1998), and BIKINI CHAIN GANG (2005) to name just a few. Roles in larger films include FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE (1991), BOUND (1996) with Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon, CITY OF ANGERS (1998) with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan, MEN IN BLACK 2 (2002) with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, and YES MAN (2008) with Jim Carrey. His television roles are numerous, but you may have caught Peter in shows like THE WONDER YEARS, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, SLIDERS, LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, NEWS RADIO, NYPD BLUE and AMERICAN DREAMS. Peter’s also done a ton of voice work on popular Japanese animated feature films like LUPIN 3: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (1979), AKIRA (1988), STREETFIGHTER 2: THE ANIMATED MOVIE (1994), ZEIRAMU 2 (1994), and GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995); as well as several popular animated series like the COWBOY BEBOP series, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, DIGIMON: DIGITAL MONSTERS, and BLEACH to simply scratch the surface of his voice work. Whether he’s working on a big Hollywood production, taking a one off role on a television show, paying the bills doing voice work, or waiting to steal a scene on the set of a low budget horror or exploitation film, Peter is an extremely well rounded actor who’s got a million stores to tell about his 40+ year career in the business. He’ll be making his first ever convention appearance this April where we’re hoping to give him the chance to tell a few of those stories to attending CW fans.
Jim left a successful commercial business in New York and relocated to California in 1980 where he got a job cutting “coming attractions” trailers for Roger Corman. It wasn’t long before Corman offered Jim his first writing and directing job when a distributor wanted a film about a killer in a shopping mall. That film turned into CHOPPING MALL (1986) and the rest is, shall we say, history. From that point on, Jim Wynorski has turned out an average of three to five films a year as a director and even more as a writer and producer, including several films all Wastelanders will know, including BIG BAD MAMA 2 (1987), NOT OF THIS EARTH (1988) with Traci Lords, THE RETURN OF THE SWAMP THING (1989), SORORITY HOUSE MASSACRE 2 (1990), HARD TO DIE (1990), 976-EVIL 2 (1991), MUNCHIE (1992), DINOSAUR ISLAND (1994), GHOULIES 4 (1994), VAMPIRELLA (1996), and so many other films that were popular rentals back in the video store days. Never one to find himself pigeon holed into a certain genre, Wynorski made everything from horror and sci-fi films, to action flicks, thrillers, and more. And as tastes changed in the 1990s, he simply changed with the times and started directing made for cable TV films. Jim Wynorski is responsible for well over 150 films in his 30 year career and chances are good you’ve seen more than just a couple of them while flipping through cable TV channels. (Don’t believe us? Then by all means, scroll down his Internet Movie Data Base page and start counting the films you remember seeing. You’ll be surprised.) As we post this little bio, Jim Wynorski has a couple new films in post-production and who knows how many will be ready to unleash upon the world in the year to come.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE EQUALLY IMPORTANT CINEMA WASTELAND REGULARS. IT WOULDN’T BE A C.W. SHOW WITHOUT THEM.
A. Ghastlee Ghoul
The host of the Dayton and Springfield Ohio area’s long running, late night, horror-comedy schlockathon known as “The Ghastlee Movie Show” has been spewing video-vaudevillian cheese and sleaze to the untold millions... ah, hundreds... OK, dozens of fans held captive by his wit and wisdom for over twenty five years now. Regularly joining Ghastlee for a Cinema Wasteland weekend is long time cohort in crime, Jeff McClellan: American, as well as Louu the XXXmas Devil, and Suspira; members of the garage-punk band, SPLATTERTUDE. In addition to having Ghastlee and his band mates prowling our dealer and guest room all weekend long, why not join A. Ghastlee Ghoul (along with the motley band of occasional “Ghastlee Nite Players”) every Saturday night, beginning at 8:00pm in Movie Room 1, as he presents A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES LIVE SHOW, where he hosts a night of music, comedy, skits, interactive games and prize giveaways that has become somewhat of a drunken Saturday night tradition at Cinema Wasteland over the years. A. Ghastlee Ghoul has been with us since our very first show and we’ve sort of adopted him as our official Wasteland horror host. And although many a horror host have come and gone from Cinema Wasteland shows over the years, you can always count on Ghastlee to be with us twice a year.
Amy Lynn Best
Amy Lynn Best, a Pittsburgh PA native, has studied acting and dancing since she was three years old. She co-produced and costarred in the independent feature horror film, THE RESURRECTION GAME (2002), and like many independent film producers, she learned the film business from the ground up. On the short haunted house film, TENANT, Amy studied cinematography from that film's director of photography, Bill Fuller. Out of necessity, she learned the basics of grip work, camera operation, and the fine art of line producing. Since meeting her film making husband, Mike Watt, she has acted or worked on nearly a dozen films, including the critically-acclaimed feature, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE (2000), DR. HORROR’S EROTIC HOUSE OF IDIOTS (2003), along with ABATTOIR (2007), SPLATTER MOVIE (2008), DEMON DIVAS AND THE LANES OF DAMNATION (2009), “The Gorge” segment of George Romero’s DEADTIME STORIES 2 (2011), LITTLE BIG BOY (2012) and TALES OF POE (2014) to name a few.
42nd Street Pete
Long time Wasteland friend, 42nd Street Pete, is our “go to guy” when it comes to all things Grindhouse. Why? Because he was there. He lived the era. In the Grindhouse heyday through its demise in the 80’s, the guy lived Times Square and all of the good, bad, and ugly, that went along with it. Hookers, peep shows, drugs, bums, mobsters, and the infamous grindhouses were all part of Pete’s life. Back in 2004, Pete hosted UNCONVENTIONAL, a look at the 13th anniversary of the Chiller Theater convention in New Jersey. A few years back, he started hosting 42nd STREET PETE’S 8mm MADNESS; DVD collections of forgotten 70’s stag loops. That’s turned into all kinds of film loop and feature film collection DVD’s fans can pick up for their own collections. Recently, he’s found himself in a few soft core spoofs like THE INSATIABLE IRON BABE (2008) and BATBABE: THE DARK NIGHTIE (2008). In addition to hosting his share of Drive-In and Grindhouse movie panels at past and present Cinema Wasteland shows, Pete can be found hosting the “42 Questions From 42nd Street Pete” trivia game during A GHASTLEE NITE AT THE MOVIES LIVE SHOW on Saturday nights. He also puts together the Saturday morning Hardcore Wrestling Hour, so we keep the guy busy. We have to. If we don’t give him enough stuff to do, he wanders off in search of stray head shops and peep show booths.
Son of Ghoul
With 30 years and thousands of shows broadcast on TV, Son of Ghoul is Akron and Cleveland’s longest continuous running horror host; as well as a long time regular here at the Cinema Wasteland show. Live in the Cleveland or Akron area? Then by all means, see if you can’t catch Son of Ghoul’s movie show on television. A life long Three Stooges fan that can actually boast that he owns all 190 Columbia produced Three Stooges shorts on 16mm film, Son of Ghoul presents a trio of Stooge Shorts every Saturday at Noon in Movie Room 1 and has recently started to put together the Saturday morning “politically incorrect” cartoon block for us. After all, Cinema Wasteland, cartoons, and the Three Stooges go together better than drunks and strippers. Well, almost better...
Tom was the makeup effects man, prop builder, stop motion animator... ah, hell, he did so much behind-the-scenes work that I feel Tom is at least partially responsible for the entire look and feel of Sam Raimi’s cult horror favorite, EVIL DEAD. He also worked plenty an uncredited job on EVIL DEAD 2 and did some sculpting work on THE FLY 2 for Chris Wallas. A talented artist, Tom has also done illustrations for collectible card games, film production companies, book illustrations, and designed the ultra-cool “Book of the Dead” DVDs for the Anchor Bay limited edition EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2 releases. He’s also penned TOM SULLIVAN’S BOOKS OF THE DEAD comic series from Dead Dog Comics and found himself taking a few acting roles in films like the horror-comedy BUDDY BEBOP VS THE LIVING DEAD (2009), SPLATTER MOVIE:THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (2008), DOG (2009) and A SHEER AGENDA (2009) to name a few. Tom is a regular here at Cinema Wasteland and has become a real fan favorite guest. He has his own “Sullivan Museum Room” at the show where he puts original EVIL DEAD props, storyboards and artwork on display for all attending fans to see up close and personal. Tom was the first guest we invited to be a part of the very first Cinema Wasteland Show back in September 2000, and he’s been a part of the Cinema Wasteland Family ever since. Be sure to stop in and see what Tom has in store for all you fans as he firmly enters his second decade as CW’s first family member.
Writer, director, and journalist Mike Watt wrote and directed THE RESURRECTION GAME (2001) and Bloody Earth Film's A FEAST OF FLESH (2007) (aka "Abattoir") through Happy Cloud Pictures, which he co-founded with the lovely and talented Amy Lynn Best and the less lovely but also talented Bill Homan. He also wrote the screenplays for SEVERE INJURIES (2003), WERE-GRRL (2002), SPLATTER MOVIE: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT (2008), DEAD MEN WALKING (2005) for The Asylum, THE SCREENING (2007) for G. Cameron Romero, as well as DEMON DIVAS AND THE LANES OF DAMNATION (2009) and RAZOR DAYS (2012). Mike has worked as an editor, producer, actor, and most any other job needed to complete a film or short. He was the editor of Sirens of Cinema Magazine and is always tirelessly persueing most anything to pay his rent… ah, further the independent film spirit and commerodity all of us in this business equally share.
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