Saturday, October 15, 2005

dawn of the knitted dead

My absolute favourite film of all time is Romero's 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead. I must have seen it at least 50 times, and I own 4 copies, as well as the soundtrack, the script, the novel, the board game, the comics and the t-shirt (really).
I bore people with endless facts while they are trying to watch it. I point out mistakes and continuity errors and cuts and say things like "Oooh, this is a good bit" and "Look! Look! There's George Romero" and "Look! There's George Romero's wife!" and I tell them about the time I shook Ken Foree's giant hand at a nerd convention.
Hell, I should probably marry this movie. I love everything about it - the characters, the library music/Italian prog rock soundtrack, the setting, the story and (of course!) the zombies. I love it because underneath all that cheesy comic-book action, gore and slapstick humour lies an insightful and thought provoking subtext of class war, conformity and consumerism.
Zombies, eh? They're us, and we're them. When the worst comes to the worst what we should really fear is ourselves, and each other. I think that's what Jerry Springer was really trying to say.
All of which serves as a very lengthy introduction to my latest completed project. A knitted homage to Dawn of the Dead.

Fran, Peter & Roger

no more room in hell







Slideshow of all the pics here

Whew! And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to resume my much-neglected life.

67 comments:

  1. your zombies rock! i can totally see the fear in the poor hapless human eyes. maybe you can do shaun of the dead next... :)

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  2. I'm in utter awe. You're wee zombies are amazing....and creepy. You're knitted items (AND themes...you remind me of me AND films) are so cool (oh. you're blog is as well!).

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  3. you clearly have FAR too much time on your hands LoL, but they are teriffic (!?!). How in hell do you spell that word?

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  4. Those are GREAT! As a b-movie-fan knitter, knitted zombies touch a special place in my heart. :D

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  5. Wow - that is so incredible!

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  6. These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing these. Totally made my day.

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  7. I *love* those zombies. My boyfriend is going to make me learn to knit, now, I bet (he's a total freak for the living dead).

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  8. Oh-my-goodness, those are so unbelievably cool. They look like they were a lot of fun to make, too. How cool! I absolutely love your zombies. Love your blog too.

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  9. Too awesome :)

    Plans for the pre/sequels?

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  10. You are the knitted zombie MASTER!
    Aceness incorporated.

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  11. Those are incredible!!! You are indeed the knitted zombie master! (I can't come up with a cleverer comment so I'll just parrot my fave from the above).

    I assume you've seen "Shaun of the Dead." That was awesome too.

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  12. Totally lovin' your whole zombie addiction...I love 'em too! And your knitted ones??? Well, they rock my world.

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  13. These are awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. great stuff. anything else you've knitted?

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  15. I love the zombies. Only thing missing is a zombie cheerleader!

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  16. I think this is the coolest thing I've ever seen :).

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  17. That's is the greatest knitting item EVER!!!

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  18. Wow! this looks really great!

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  19. that's extremely cool. Canyou post where you got the pattern?

    --Rhonda

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  20. Oh my god! These have to be the coolest things I've *ever* seen!!! I love zombies!!!

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  21. I CANNOT believe how good the likenesses are! There's Nurse Zombie! There's the Hari Krishna! You rock like none higher.

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  22. I have had zombie nightmares for many years because of Dawn of the Dead. The comercials for the remake would cause me to flee the room before they could infect my subconcious. However, my best friend is a freak for DotD and I feel obligated to request patterns for she would just die of delight if I made one of these for her. Perhaps, it will also help me heal...

    Serioulsy, these things are awesome, you totally rule!

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  23. Those zombies are the most freakishly cute things I've seen for a long time!

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  24. Hi - someone on LiveJournal linked to your iPod cover and I noticed that you're in Oxford. Do you know about the Borders knitting group? Saturdays, 11am-1pm, in the sofa corner at the Starbucks there. Do pop along if that's convenient for you!

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  25. That's awesome! I really don't know what else to say. Totally rockin'!

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  26. hahahahah, great stuff. oooooooh, gr and gr7s wife are in the movie? where!? where!?

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  27. This is so awsome!! You are my hero!

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  28. Oh, please tell me how you did the legs! I won't be ridiculous and ask for a full tutorial, but please tell me how you did the legs!

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  29. This is the most incredible knitting concept that I have ever seen. I love it! Excellent!

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  30. These are wonderful. What are the chances of you putting out the pattern? Please?

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  31. Two words: Tom Savini.

    Two more: You rock.

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  32. Well done. There's nothing like creativity in the service of extreme whimsy.

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  33. I sooo love these...how original....you are fab!

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  34. omgosh did you MAKE these?! they are wondddderful!!! that is sooo cool!!! :)

    <3, Alyssa

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  35. those knitted toys ROCK! My fiancee and i are a big Rumero fans as well - check out our websites to see the Zombie makeup & costumes we had on when he proposed!

    http://waitingforwings.typepad.com/jmarsdesign/

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  36. The slide show of your knitted DOTD has made my day. My whole week, actually.

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  37. DO you have patterns for those adorable zombie critters? I would pay you for it!! I would love to make them as holiday gifts!!

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  38. Damn that's cool. Maybe Ken Foree and Gaylen Ross could find this site...

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  39. You are brilliant!! My husband is obcessed with DOTH (to the point where he has the zombie head from the poster tattooed on the top of his hand), and with my knitting 'problem' (I can't sit still and not knit), its like the marriage of our two worlds. I would PAY for the patterns . . . So cool!!

    -Mandy Jean
    http://www.lionbrand.com/lbyarnblog4

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  40. I love the zombies!!Great work!!

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  41. Well done Hannah- they're amazing! DO MORE KNITTED MOVIES!

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  42. Awesome - Genius Grade Stuff here and I wuz in NYC for the first show as a Zombie....just knit a shopping mall and you are all set. Go out and buy an XBox-360 and get Dead Rising when its released. Trust Me on this...

    Here's some of my stuff

    http://www.theweeklydonut.com/

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  43. Those zombies are awsome! You are taking wool to places it has never gone before.

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  44. That is amazing. I love that I recognize all the scenes. Dawn of the Dead was by far the best of the Romero Zombie Set.

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  45. Stuff one full of catnip and watch Fluffy do to zombie what zombie did to human. They would look great on a Christmas Tree of the Dead, too! You should market your talent. Thar's money in them thar zombies!

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  46. Fantastic.

    I like the fact that you knit dead people.

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  47. oh my god....you are brilliant, this is the best thing I have ever seen.

    nice one!

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  48. Those are CUTE! Saw them on EIleen's blog. I think you need to start a business where people can send you pics of their family and you can recreate the family. Would make GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

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  49. i just stumbled upon this when i googled "zombie doll"

    amazing! do you sell them???

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  50. Fabulous! My OH is a zombie fan and I'm a knitter - we both love these!

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  51. Hello,
    love your site! ive been trying to get knitting patterns for the 70s kids show the flumps but to no avail. can you help me please?

    thanks
    emma.byrne@blueyonder.co.uk

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  52. you shook ken foree's hand, huh? that's awesome. did you know he played keenan's dad on the keenan and kel show? you probably did.
    i recently discovered this movie. some friends of mine suggested it for movie night. i had already seen the remake, which i thought was awesome. but when i saw this, i realized how terrible the remake was in comparison. the characters in this movie are sensational people, each with their own seperate force on screen. they were a real pleasure to watch. i also enjoyed the cheap makeup. often times, too much makeup results in a greasy and deteriorated look that's definately professional, but is just too typical. the makeup in this movie gives you a feeling that these were all actual people at one time. although they are zombies now, you can look at them and see the human they once were and not just a greasy monster. my favorite scene in this movie was the scene after rodger had just been bitten and he is in the car with peter. rodger is bandaging his leg while peter tells him they must get rid of it. while they talk, you can tellthat they are both on the verge of crying. this movie has a lot to offer and i think everybody should watch it at least once.
    i think that your puppets are very detailed. some would say that you have a lot of time on your hands,but that can be a good thing a lot of the time. i often have a lot of time on my hands, and i seem to have many good ideas in these times!

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  53. You have been Dugg your art is sweeet , If you put out patterns I am willing to pay a small fee to e able to knit a zombie. Keep up the good work and enjoy the hits.

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  54. For the first time in 12 years my husband has asked me to knit something for him and he asked for your Zombies. is there a pattern?

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  55. You are my new hero. Those are awsome.

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