Celebrity Birthday of the Day – August 5

James Gunn is a b-movie writer/director whose work I always enjoy. He started his filmmaking career with Troma films, and his first feature Tromeo and Juliet is widely regarded as one of Troma’s best movies. His first major Hollywood break came in 2002 when he wrote the screenplay for the big-screen adaptation of Scooby-Doo, but it wasn’t until he wrote Zack Snyder’s remake of the zombie classic Dawn of the Dead in 2004 that he really caught my attention. By succeeding at reimagining one of the best zombie stories ever commited to film, James Gunn had proven to me that he’s a filmmaker to watch out for. He followed up Dawn of the Dead with Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and Slither – one of the greatest alien invasion/zombie movies ever made, starring Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion! His latest film, Super, is a truly twisted one but definitely enjoyable, and as a connection to yesterday’s celebrity birthday, the character of Gunn on Angel was named after James! He turns 41 today.

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