Those with an eagle-eye have surely noticed that The Walking Dead loves to pay subtle tribute to horror movies past, and we have executive producer/makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero to thank for that. When Nicotero directs an episode, you can almost always expect a little homage, and last night’s episode was no exception.
The makeup man returned to the director’s chair for last night’s mid-season premiere, titled ‘What Happened and What’s Going On.’ As always, he managed to work in a tribute to one of his favorite horror films, though the homage wasn’t as obvious as ones from the past.
In past episodes, zombies from Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead and even Lucio Fulci’s Zombie have made their way into The Walking Dead, and earlier this season you may have spotted a visual homage to Creepshow. Last night, it was the original 1972 Tales from the Crypt anthology that Nicotero paid tribute to, though don’t feel bad if you didn’t spot it.
As reported by ComicBook.com, Nicotero revealed on The Talking Dead that a zombie seen in the mid-season premiere was inspired by Arthur Grimsdyke, the character played by horror icon Peter Cushing in the Tales segment ‘Poetic Justice.’ This one’s not so obvious, but you can definitely see the comparison, when the two are viewed side-by-side.
Which one of cinema’s iconic zombies will pop up on the show next? Keep those eyes peeled!