Quite simply Bill Hinzman is the first quintessential modern-day zombie, or in other words the first of what we today know and love as the cinematic zombie. Bill was the first zombie (Cemetery Goul as he was listed) to appear in George A Romero’s genre defining Night of the Living Dead. His face is simply the representation of the zombie’s within that movie, a face that has adorned video and DVD covers and posters for the past five decades. He puts the they in “they’re coming to get you Barbara!”. A regular of horror conventions and a handful of b-movies, Bill will be forever remembered as the very first walker, the very first returnee of the living dead, the very first zombie flesh eater, the man whose image inadvertently gave birth to a dawn of the dead.
Countdown to Halloween, Unsung Heroes of Horror, Day 27: Bill Hinzman in Night of the Living Dead (1968)