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Nicotero Teases Creepshow Reference in Walking Dead Episode

Greg Nicotero has shared a picture that appears to show a subtle reference to the 1982 George A. Romero horror anthology film “Creepshow” on the set of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” television show.

Nicotero, co-executive producer, episode director and special effects artist on the hit zombie drama posited the connection in his post, which shows a walker stuck inside an old-fashioned ticket booth. The image resembles the poster used to advertise “Creepshow” during its initial theatrical run, which shows a corpse handing out tickets in a similarly-designed booth.

Nicotero’s affection for “Creepshow” runs deeper than mere reverence; one his earliest gigs as a makeup effects artist was on the 1987 follow-up to “Creepshow,” “Creepshow 2,” which was directed by Michael Gornick and looked to continue Romero’s horror anthology series.

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Romero’s “Creepshow” is a collection of five horror stories that debuted in theaters in 1982. The stories involved deeply unsettling themes like a father returned from the grave to seek revenge on his murdering daughter, a farmer who discovers a meteor that turns all life around it into plants, a man who buries his wife and her lover up to their necks on a beach, a creature that terrorizes a college campus and a rich man who meets his end at the many, tiny, grasping hands of bugs.

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“Creepshow's” special effects were elaborate. The anthology was filmed just outside of Greensburg, Pennsylvania in an abandoned all-girls school that was converted to a film studio. Many of the film’s segments were shot in the schoolhouse, including "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" and "They're Creeping Up on You." For the latter segment, many cockroaches were required. Romero opted for hissing cockroaches that had to be imported from Guatemala and rigorously tracked due to the filmmaker’s inability to obtain an export permit. The final scene in the segment shows a room almost entirely filled with cockroaches, but many are just nuts and raisins, which likely won't help anyone with a fear of bugs.

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The still shared by the director is from “The Walking Dead” episode “Say Yes,” which will air on Sunday, March 5 and marks Nicotero’s 19th outing as a director for the show. It is the penultimate episode of the seventh season of “The Walking Dead.”

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Here's the original "Creepshow" theatrical poster:

Debuting on March 5 on the AMC network, “Say Yes” is directed by Greg Nicotero and stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene and Danai Gurira as Michonne.

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