The Making of Raiders of the Living Dead

Raiders of the Living Dead was an experience I'll never forget. If there was ever a time when I should have kept a diary, it was during the filming of this movie.

The color photo is of myself and its star, Scott Schwartz. who's probably best known for his famous scene in A Christmas Story. For it is he, as the character "Flick", who gets his tongue stuck on a frozen pole in the schoolyard. You may also remember him as the miserable brat who played opposite Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason in The Toy. This photo was taken on August 7, 1985. He's holding one of the two prop laser guns used to shoot zombies.

I shot the black and white photo the day before on August 6, 1985. On the right is the film's director, Samuel M. Sherman, with his good friend Lou McMahon. It was the first morning of the "second shoot" for Raiders. Lou McMahon wasn't working on the picture, but he certainly was qualified. One of Lou's B-movie credits is as camera operator on the amazing I Spit On Your Grave.

Sam is one of the nicest, most talented and genuine people I've known. His sense of humor is second to none. He enjoys a photographic memory. Ask Sam about something that happened 25 years ago and he'll recount it as if it were last week. If you're lucky enough to befriend him, my advice is that you stick around. He is a brilliant individual; I will always admire him.