LIVING DEAD GIRL. A Film by Jon Springer

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a short film by Jon Springer

The Moral Premise was proud to host the exclusive online debut of the newly restored HD version of Jon Springer's 35mm classic silent zombie short "Living Dead Girl." Now, it's available on Vimeo, above.

This film is discussed on pages 114-115 of "The Moral Premise." It illustrates several things that writers need to learn. First, "Living Dead Girl" takes a well-worn genre and bends it in one new direction that connects with "zombie" audiences. Second, it illustrates how a story can be true at its core while also being violent and BLOODY (you've been warned). Third, it humorously metaphors how some in modern society can turned into zombies when it comes to spending time and money.


Mitch Davis (Fantasia Film Festival)

It's been called everything from 'Christian trash art' to 'hilarious silent movie spoof', and Jon Springer's strange little zombie film is a bit of both. It's also a ride through the history of film language, incorporating 20's iris-in's, 60's docu style, 70's splatter and beyond, from Carl dreyer to George Romero, complete with a Zappa tune and an appearance by Mark Borchardt, all shot in 35mm at 18 f/p/s. Lots of grisly fun and a VERY impressive achievement.

Minneapolis City Pages

Christian trash art that has been vacuum-cleaned of messianic pomposity.

Ain't it Cool News

A hilarious silent-movie spoof...Romero-style gorefest.

Let me take this time to share a humorous ancedote that indirectly relates to this film. Some years back, after Jon shot this film, I attended a film festival where one of my films was being shown. As I sat in the theater waiting for my film's turn, I watched another of the perhaps ten-thousand zombie shorts that the genre "inspires." As it turned out the filmmaker of the movie was sitting in front of me. At the time I was still trying to figure out why zombie films were so popular. Now, I know, but I didn't at the time. So I tapped this filmmaker on the shoulder and naively asked, "Tell me, what exactly is a zombie other than the walking dead?" It was a philosophical if not a rhetorical question, to which the young filmmaker starred at me blankly (like a zombie) for a good 20 seconds. I said nothing, curious what was going to transpire. Was he going to bite my hand? I didn't know. Finally he says, "What? To me personally?" After which I starred at him for a good 10 seconds. I guess that's what this genre tends to do to you. As it turns out the filmmaker was a gaffer on LIVING DEAD GIRL and asked Jon if he could use the home set in LDG, for his own film before it was restored to normal. Jon said yes. (SDW)

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