This Day in Halloween: The third in director George A. Romero’s iconic zombie franchise "Day of the Dead" premieres in New York in 1985. / Illustration by Allen Sison
Day of the Dead premieres in New York in 1985. The third in director George A. Romero’s iconic zombie franchise, the film features a small role by Greg Nicotero, then assistant to makeup artist Tom Savini, and later makeup artist, director and producer of The Walking Dead. The film was also one of the first to become a hit via home video after flopping in theaters and lead to a 2021 TV series on SYFY.