P.J. Starks

“I grew up on a steady diet of horror films. The film I remember most fondly is Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Six years old, left alone to my own devices. How was I not going to pop in the VHS copy of Dawn? That grotesque floating head, looking back at me. Tempting me to watch. So I did watch and the utter terror that transpired before me was burned into my brain. It was the first film that truly scared the shit out of me and disgusted me. I attempted to eat spaghetti while watching. As I got older I experienced other horrors that creeped me out or made me uncomfortable, but no film could recreate that feeling of visceral fear or hopelessness. Or even disgust at the realistic carnage. This created a life long fan of his work. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but his films always stuck with me. The way he puts humanity in the forefront and points out no matter what evil befalls us, we are really the monsters. I admire that and in some ways try to emulate that intelligent filmmaking style. Mr. Romero’s film had such an impact on me that I named a character Detective George Romero in my last project. That character has followed through into the next film. When production begins this fall it will be very bitter sweet and I will do all I can to make sure I do right by that character. His talent will be sorely missed, but the legacy left behind will influence generations to come.”