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If you google "Greg Nicotero Moviepilot," you're gonna find article after article about The Walking Dead makeup guy. And rightfully so; the dude is a genius when it comes to special effects, makeup, etc. The fact that he's worked on damn near every horror movie ever made speaks volumes!

Not sold yet? Looking through his IMDb page, you can find all sorts of good stuff. But don't do that! Stick around and we'll do the legwork for you.

The best part? Some of his work on TWD ties back to his earlier work (much earlier work, in some cases).

'Thir13en Ghosts'

I was watching this one for the umpteenth time when I noticed Gregory Nicotero's name flash across the screen during the opening credits. As outlandish as this movie is, it's still all sorts of creepy.

Classic Zombie Movies

In "Vatos" — Season 1, Episode 4 of The Walking Dead — Rick and crew come across this fine young lady with a smile that could launch a thousand shrieks:

She turned out to be a tribute to an earlier movie Nicotero worked on, Day Of The Dead, and the one and only Dr. Tongue:

And Bub, also from Day Of The Dead, was lovingly remembered in Season 5 of TWD:

There have been other famous Dawn Of The Dead zombies in TWD, too.


Red Flannel Zombie:

George A. Romero, Tom Savini and Nicotero must go get beers every Friday night, I swear.

Stephen King Shout-Out

Rick Grimes's hometown in the show is King County, Georgia, paying tribute to Stephen King. Frank Darabont and King, pictured above, are pretty good buds, too. And Greg? Totally worked as a creature designer for The Mist! The ending of which is a gruesome reminder of how this season of The Walking Dead just might end...

Drugs Are Bad, M'Kay?

I know you all know this picture by now:

It was Merle's bag of drugs — and Greg just so happened to do some SFX makeup stuff in three episodes of Breaking Bad.

In Season 5, Episode 1, We See This:


Who did some makeup FX in Creepshow 2? You got it, dude!

This guy has done work for SO MANY CLASSICS, I could go on forever. So no wonder he does such good work in TWD! From Evil Dead II, to A Nightmare On Elm Street 5, to Eraser, to 2003's Hulk, Transformers and Spider-Man 3, and all the way down the spectrum from Dolphin Tale 2 to Annabelle, Pulp Fiction, Spawn and the Texas Chainsaw movies. Greg Nicotero is apparently the go-to guy in Hollywood, whether you want a fake dolphin or desert-dwelling inbred cannibals.


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