Film and TV

Ken Foree on Dawn of the Dead and being a horror fan

Veteran character actor Ken Foree has deep roots in Denver. He graduated from a small Catholic high school here, where he was an all-city, all-state basketball player for two years -- "arguably the best player in the state of Colorado," he says -- and his appearance at this year's Mile High Horror Film Festival is something of a homecoming. "I'm terribly excited," he says. "It's been a long time since I went back."

Denver's horror fans should be excited, too: Foree played Peter, one of the leads in the seminal zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, a featured film at Mile High Horror. It's showing Friday, October 4 at the Alamo Drafthouse, with Foree and fellow castmate Tom Savini -- who also provided the film's effects -- in attendance for a pre-screening Q&A. Before the big night, we caught up with Foree to find out his feelings on the horror genre, what it was like to work with George Romero and what he's up to these days.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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