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Zombie ‘Nation’ building

Special effects makeup artists with Synapse FX spent hours transforming Phil Humphrey of Spokane into a “Z Nation” zombie extra. Colin Mulvany photo.

When George A. Romero was making his game-changing horror masterpiece “Night of the Living Dead” in 1967, he reportedly paid each of the Pennsylvania locals who portrayed the film’s flesh-eating ghouls a single dollar and a homemade T-shirt that read “I was a zombie in ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ ”

It probably didn’t mean much at the time, but it’s a distinction that most modern horror aficionados would actually eat raw flesh for.

Since “Night” defined the trappings of the zombie genre, pop culture has been inundated with one zombie uprising after another. Romero and his monsters were cult figures for years, but mainstream audiences have recently embraced the undead, and zombie-centric films (“World War Z”) and TV shows (“The Walking Dead”) have raked in big bucks. Read more.Nathan Weinbender, SR

Do you have a favorite zombie flick or TV show?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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