Roy Frumkes

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Roy Frumkes is an American independent filmmaker. Frumkes directed the 1985 documentary Document of the Dead, a film detailing the production of Dawn of the Dead.


The cooperation of George A. Romero allowed Frumkes extensive access to the creative process of the filmmaker, and the finished product is as much an overview and analysis of Romero's early career as a "making-of" documentary. In Video Watchdog magazine, critic Tim Lucas called Document of the Dead "an intelligent, arresting, and authoritative examination of Romero's working filmmaking style..." Frumkes added new codas to the film in 1989, and for the 2005 DVD release Dawn of the Dead: Ultimate Edition, which collected multiple cuts of the film and a cut of Document of the Dead. The full-length Document of the Dead was released on DVD by Synapse Films in 1998.

As a screenwriter, Frumkes has written the 1996 thriller The Substitute and three sequels, and the cult black comedy Street Trash (1987).

He was a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City teaching producing the horror film[1] and screenwriting[2] until he was removed from the classroom by school administration. Frumkes was found to have violated the sexual misconduct policy at the School of Visual Arts.[3]

In 2006 Frumkes put the finishing touches to the documentary The Meltdown Memoirs.[4] which depicts the production of the film Street Trash along with cast and crew interviews 20 years later.

On March 22, 2010, Frumkes confirmed to Fangoria magazine that he would produce a remake during 2011 of the 1958 British science fiction horror film Fiend Without a Face,[5] but that remake has yet to materialize as of December 2017.


  1. ^ Trigonis, John T. "The Horror, The Horror: 3 Tips To Gorify Your Crowdfunding". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ Frook, John Evan. "Director Matthau collects 'Dust'", Variety, November 24, 1992. Accessed November 27, 2007. "The "Dust" deal is the first high-profile sale for Frumkes and Simonelli, who teach screenwriting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City."
  3. ^ College Removes Instructors as Students Find Their #MeToo Moment [1], New York Times, May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Roy Frumkes Interview -".
  5. ^ ""STREET" cred for "FIEND WITHOUT A FACE" remake". Fangoria.

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