Last night was the season premier for AMC's amazing series The Walking Dead so I got zombies on the brain this morning. I couldn't help but notice that we are ticketing several zombie related events this Halloween season. The zombie genre has always been my favorite brand of horror; something about running through a post-apocalyptic wasteland fighting an army of undead flesh-eaters makes me happy. Call me crazy.
A little history on zombies; the zombie legend has its roots in West African voodoo culture where a sorcerer was believed to possess the ability to revive the dead. This carried over to Haitian voodoo where people were given powerful psychotropic drugs and existed in suspended animation followed by a dramatic re-awakening, much like being raised from the dead.
The modern version of the zombie can be accredited to film-maker George A. Romero's seminal 1968 film The Night of the Living Dead, which depicts walking dead that crave human flesh and, sometimes specifically, in later adaptations, brains. These are the zombies Americans know and love, either through the countless Romero films on the topic or through related films, comic books, video games or, more recently, through AMC's popular TV series The Walking Dead (which was based on the monthly comic-book series by Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore).
So, zombie-head, if you love the living dead, we got an event for you this month. Check it out:
Wednesday, October 19 to Monday, October 31 - Night of the Living DeadNorth Adams, Maryland An adaptation for the stage of George Romero's cult classic by Vivian E. Reed and Keith E. Weil.
Wednesday, October 19 to Monday, October 31 -AUP Presents: Night of the Living Dead - Part IIndianapolis, Indiana Another stage adaptation of George A. Romero's cult classic film. Adapted and directed by R. Brian Noffke and starring: Sam Fain, Chelsea Anderson, Michael Shelton, Scot Greenwell, Lisa Ermel, Georgeanna Smith, Claire Cassidy.
Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, November 12 -Musical of the Living DeadChicago, Illinois Back for a second bloody year, this "Musical Zom-com" (zombie comedy), Musical of the Living Dead is an original musical parody of classic zombie films and musical theatre. Featuring music inspired by everything from Gershwin to Green Day, Musical of the Living Dead follows the lives of ten very different people trapped in a farmhouse during the breakout of a zombie apocalypse. They are all brought together seeking refuge from the brain-eating zombies outside and, following classic zombie genre rules, we see who gets eaten, who comes back to eat someone else and who lives to fight another day.
Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, October 29 - Neighborhood 3: Requisition of DoomBoston, Massachusetts In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own. Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit!
Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 -Zombie (1979)Los Angeles, California The Grindhouse Film Festival and New Beverly Midnights present: ZOMBIE, Lucio Fulci's classic 1979 Italian horror film starring Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson and Al Cliver.
Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 30 -AliveChicago, Illinois On Day 1 of the end of the world, a group of survivors gather together to try to survive the night. Battling an apocalypse outside the door and a growing hell inside the walls, the audience is right there with them, new survivors in an impossible situation. Holding only 10 audience members each night, and featuring multiple endings determined by the audience, this is an intimate Halloween experience unlike any other.
Starting Friday, October 21 - ZomBcon International 2011Seattle, Washington ZomBcon International is the world's first-ever Zombie culture convention and premier horror experience for fans of all ages. In it's first year, it attracted over 7,000 fans over the Halloween weekend. 2011 promises to be even bigger. The first year featured some of the biggest names in the horror genre from George Romero, Bruce Campbell, Malcolm McDowell and authors like Max Brooks and Chuck Palahniuk to name a few. This year will feature guest of honor Tom Savini, special effects genius known for his work in George Romero's ground breaking zombie films, actors Norman Reedus and Jon Bernthal from The Walking Dead and Sam Trammell from True Blood.
Saturday, October 22 -Aliens to Zombies ConventionHollywood, California The Aliens to Zombies Convention explores the world of monsters, aliens, zombies, special effects and more! Join us at Hollywood's most famous haunted hotel for panels, parties, exhibits, museum of the strange and more.
Saturday, October 22 -Zombie RamaMinneapolis, Minnesota Joe Lyon, The Magician Of The Living Dead, leads the Zombie procession with the help of "Drinking with Ian" host Ian Rans. The film "Dawn of The Dead" follows. Zombie Costume Prizes awarded and Monsterous drink specials to soothe the soul less.
Thursday, October 27 to Saturday, November 19 -Midnight Radio 5: Zombie ApocalypsePittsburgh, Pennsylvania For their spectacular 2011 Season Finale, the Midnight Radio team brings you a radio-style parody of George Romero's cult classic, Night of the Living Dead. Interspersed with our unique brand of comedic commercials, sound effects, live music, and fake breaking news, Midnight Radio Episode 5: Zombie Apocalypse promises to be a zombie-tastic adventure for all ages!