Night of the Living Dead (Spook Edition)

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March 4, 2013 by Kriscinda Lee Everitt

Would you believe that I have bags of my seed-starting material in Big A’s car and we actually didn’t find the time to even just take them out? And, as I’m looking at his work schedule, I can see the bags won’t come out until this afternoon. Maybe. Not to mention the kiln didn’t get moved out of the sun room. Between the manuscript editing and the social event, we just couldn’t get that together. It’s okay, I still have time! Just enough…

Speaking of the social event, since that’s pretty much what went on this weekend (and there are really no riveting pictures of me editing), I thought I’d share some of the adventures of Spook the Younger at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont, Pa, where we screened a sweet 35mm print of Night of the Living Dead.

The Hollywood is, like many small screens across the country, endangered. This event was organized by the Living Dead Fest folks in order to help the theater out.

The Hollywood Theater needs to raise $75,000 to to make the film-to-digital conversion in 2013 as major movie studios and distributors are now making the switch to DCP (Digital Cinema Package), a file format that is screened at theaters via a high end digital projector and server.  If the Hollywood Theater does not get this new projector, it will be forced to go dark as we will be unable to get the rights to show any movies.  —from the theater site

Out front!

Out front!

Collectible poster by Terry Callen from Screaming Brain Studios.

Collectible poster by Terry Callen from Screaming Brain Studio.

Smaller versions of this poster were offered for signing by the members of Night who were there, including Gary and Russ Streiner, Kyra Schon, Joe Unitas, Ella Mae Smith, and Paula Richards.

I think he was asking for popcorn from the concession stand. I don't know; I was ignoring him.

I think he was asking for popcorn from the concession stand. I don’t know; I was ignoring him.

In addition to the screening, posters, and guests, there was a silent auction for which a bunch of artists produced something to put up. Here’s a smattering of items…

Fantastic banner, also by Terry Callen of Screaming Brain Studios.

Fantastic banner, also by Terry Callen of Screaming Brain Studio.

Trying on a zombie baby cocoon, crocheted by Danielle Davison of The Arcane Arts & Crafts.

Trying on a zombie baby cocoon, crocheted by Danielle Davison of The Arcane Arts & Crafts.

Posing with Chris Rickert's zombie bunnies!

Posing with Chris Rickert’s (Perfect Fish Designs) zombie bunnies!

Framed photo of the Evans City Cemetery chapel, by Joel Wlodarczyk.

Framed photo of the Evans City Cemetery chapel, by Joel Wlodarczyk.

There were a bunch of really cool things by a bunch of really cool people. =)

Still trying to get his popcorn...

Still trying to get his popcorn…

The Streiner Brothers seemed pretty surprised at this guy's emergence from the crowd.

The Streiner Brothers seemed pretty surprised at this guy’s emergence from the crowd.

There’s been some effort to track down all the remaining members of Night of the Living Dead, and by members, I mean cast and crew, including all the wayward ghouls. So, it was pretty surprising (and very cool) that this fellow popped up out of the audience with some tales to tell about his involvement with the film! (Excuse the blurriness…we were way in the back. Gary and Russ’s faces are pretty awesome, though…)

And now, the movie...!

And now, the movie…!

Word is, they raised around $9,000! But The Hollywood still has a ways to go. If you’re feeling particularly generous and giving today, please pop on over to their site and make a donation. Cheers!

According to Encyclopaedia Metallum, there are forty-three metal songs titled “Night of the Living Dead.” I couldn’t help but pick the one by Kraptor, well, because their name is Kraptor. Here’s some Venezuelan thrash—“Night of the Living Dead.”

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