R.I.P. Bill Hinzman

James / February 5th, 2012

Bill Hinzman, best known as the first zombie in Night of the Living Dead (1968) just passed away. He’ll be remembered forever in horror film history. I interviewed him a couple years ago and he was a really nice guy.

A Talk With the Living Dead Dudes

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  • monkeykage

    February 6, 2012 at 12:20 am

    1st

    • Nanofuture

      February 6, 2012 at 1:11 am

      @monkeykage How extremely inappropriate.

    • RhyanChapman

      February 6, 2012 at 4:43 am

      @monkeykage is that nessacarry on a R.I.P post?

      • A Person

        February 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

        @RhyanChapman @monkeykage Is it necessary on ANY post?

    • kaneda_bjf

      February 7, 2012 at 2:27 am

      @monkeykage Actually you’re not the 1st on the internet to make a complete twat of himself. Not by a long shot.

  • monkeykage

    February 6, 2012 at 12:21 am

    r.i.p , he is a zombie he’ll live on

  • Devil_Rising

    February 6, 2012 at 1:48 am

    The first “modern zombie” movie, and still the best.

  • Doogrisa

    February 6, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Hes coming to get you James! Hes coming to get you!

  • OlaviPΓΆssi

    February 6, 2012 at 3:11 am

    R.I.P

  • GIAGANTOR

    February 6, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Well someone start whipping up a batch of Trioxin and let’s see if we can’t fulfill his destiny.

  • RhyanChapman

    February 6, 2012 at 4:42 am

    R.I.P

  • Thrashing Deth

    February 6, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Quick! Someone bury him in the Pet Semetary!… God dammit, wrong movie. Oh well, At least he would live! R.I.P

  • Eltanin

    February 6, 2012 at 7:10 am

    R.I.P.

  • BradCunningham

    February 6, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I sense a lot of bad jokes coming! Rest in Peace Bill.

  • xdeathknightx

    February 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Rest in peace Bill Hinzman and thanks for the memories.

  • enroxorz

    February 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Will he rise from the grave? I kid, big loss to the horror genre…

  • ArCgon_Tychy

    February 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Hey, an unrelated note, but is Cinemassacre aware / interested in Youtube’s “Your Film Festival”? Would be a great occasion for James + Mike + the rest to show their movies to the world.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASZ6kFFPfU8

    • LukasSprehn

      February 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

      That would be so awesome πŸ˜€ James, Mike, Kevin, please consider this πŸ˜›

    • Staarscommando

      February 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      @ArCgon_Tychy Im sure Youtube would just want a cut. So they are better off doing it solo.

  • MECHAGARY

    February 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Man, he was a scary dude.

  • LukasSprehn

    February 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Awww, sad… Just terribly sad!

    He will always be remembered… If you ask me, he was not even ready to leave us and meet his maker πŸ™

  • Potoroo

    February 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

    @dmuth Thanks Giza! I’ll check that out at lunch πŸ˜€

  • nerdyguy64

    February 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

    oh man, that’s terrible, rest in peace πŸ™

  • rasalom

    February 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Whatever you do, don’t watch his feeble attempt to cash in on Romero’s fame: Flesheater. What a cruddy movie. Created only so Bill could grope half naked victims.

  • Mister Buckethead

    February 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    May he rest in peace… for good now. When i first saw the movie, i remember that , in one shot in particular, he looks like a lot like Nicolas Sarkozy, the french president.

  • CulturalGutter

    February 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Cinemassacre interviews Bill Hinzman (and some other familiar faces from Night of the Living Dead). RT @DeyTukErJeobs http://t.co/otDKjm2B

  • February 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    So he’s really dead now? Well, rest in peace, unless some mysterious radiation causes you to rise from the grave.

  • DaveMcGrath

    February 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

    By James giving him an interview we are fortunate enough to have some of this mans thoughts immortalized on film. I hope whatever path he walks now it is a peaceful one… Really wonderful he had a chance here to be himself here and not the monster.

  • nate64

    February 7, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Thx James for the interview with Mr. Hinzman. and to bring it to our attention, It’s nice to see this tape. I get the feeling from your interview that this was a down to earth guy, who clearly recognized how fortuanate he was to play the part that he did. he spoke to you with unibashed cander, and you being well you brought it outa him. (does that make any sense? lol) I am saddened to hear of his passing but also glad I got to see a glimpse of his life through the lens of your camera.

  • kaneda_bjf

    February 7, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Not much consolation, but he has been immortalised in the annuls of horror movie history. His image, along with images like the Bates Motel, Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Lon Chaney’s unmasking from The Phantom of the Opera, will be instantly recognised as one of the most iconic horror images. A sad loss, nonetheless.

  • MarcelMaizi

    February 7, 2012 at 6:19 am

    My mother died on the 05.02.2012 of cancer, too.

  • February 7, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Now that’s some sadf news. I also thought he was older.

  • AndrewFysh

    February 7, 2012 at 6:53 am

    he was only 74? i honestly thought he was 90

  • TasosSaroglou

    February 7, 2012 at 7:12 am

    God rest his soul! guys like him were not so famous like other actors but this is something that doesnt mater because people like us we saw him in a movie that played the featured monster in the begining of the film.Even for joke her brother warned barbara that they come to get her,but nobody warn the guy that he was next.

  • Starcraft39

    February 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Wow, I just watched NotLD last night and I don’t even remember the tire iron scene, lol. I’m sad that I’ll never get to meet the first zombie on screen.

  • RobinLudvigIsomaa

    February 9, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I guess Barbara’s in trouble now..

  • MarkCanner

    February 9, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Aww, that sucks losing one of the most important figures in horror history. Rest in Peace Bill Hinzman, hope you find happiness in your afterlife and we don’t mean coming back as a zombie. =p

  • StevenChapman

    February 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

    they’re coming to get you barbara

  • BorisMzhen

    February 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Bill was a great guy, I met him numerous times at various horror conventions and he was always very cool! Sad loss!

  • grynch1984

    February 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Rest in peace…for real this time. I never got to meet any of the “Dead” crew, but my mother attended the same film school as Romero and even met him once. And James, next time you’re in Monroeville, I want an autograph! I loved your take on Monroeville Mall, but since I was born in 84, I only know it in it’s modern form, only seeing the 70’s version in pictures and of course in the Dawn of the Dead film. Speaking of modern, they re-vamped (if you can even call it that) the Hot Topic and it completely sucks now. Plywood walls, WTF?! Are the Hot Topics where you’re from as lame as they are here? Anyways, keep up the good work, can’t wait for the AVGN movie, and RIP Bill Hinzman.

  • grynch1984

    February 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Rest in peace…for real this time. I never got to meet any of the “Dead” crew from any of the films as I don’t really go to any conventions, but my mother attended the same film school as Romero and even met him once (this would have been maybe a year or two before he did Dawn in 78). And James, next time you’re in Monroeville, I want an damn autograph! I loved your take on Monroeville Mall, but since I was born in 84, I only know it in it’s modern form, only seeing the 70’s version in pictures and of course in the Dawn of the Dead film. Speaking of modern, they moved and re-vamped (if you can even call it that) the Hot Topic and it completely sucks now. Plywood walls, WTF?! Are the Hot Topics where you’re from as lame as they are here? Anyways, keep up the good work, can’t wait for the AVGN movie. May I suggest some filming in Monroeville so I can get my autograph? πŸ˜‰

  • anonbot6663

    February 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    RIP

  • Dumo

    February 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    wow to bad

  • February 12, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Wow, that sucks to hear he died. But at least he’ll forever be remembered in his role in Night of the Living Dead by horror fans for all time.

  • Rosvolainen

    February 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Don’t worry. He’ll be back. πŸ˜‰

    jk, no disrespect intended. RIP.

  • Knifegash

    February 13, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Haha, I will always remember my first impression when seeing him attack Barbara.

    ”How is that a zombie? He’s just making a face!”

    Every zombie after him looked deliciously grotesque; I draw a comparison with the statement ”It can only get worse from here”. The man set the precedent of the zombies we know and fear even today. See you later.

  • jaketuider

    February 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    R.I.P.

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