It’s that time of year again when the rabid desire for warm human flesh returns, and ZOMBIEFEST VIII is upon us!
This Memorial Day weekend, on May 26-29, the long-running living dead bash is back and ready to devour you with ten fear-filled 35mm features over four fright-fraught nights, plus two legendary guests will be joining the festivities!
On Thursday, May 26, we’ll have a special pre-show screening of the film that started it all, the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, with writer/actor John A. Russo in attendance. Joining us on Saturday and Sunday night will be Brian Yuzna, producer/director of such films as SOCIETY, NECRONOMICON, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD III and the RE-ANIMATOR series!
In addition to a program full of rarely-shown fright film favorites in 35mm and guests, there will be limited edition giveaways, event merch, and much more! Get your tickets early!
Thursday, May 26:
**With writer/actor John A. Russo in person!**
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)- It begins with Barbara and Johnny driving miles out of their way to put a wreath on their father’s grave, and ends with one of the most stark and unforgettable moments in movie history! The film that started it all... George A. Romero’s monumental modern horror classic returns to the drive-in screen!
Friday, May 27:
CHUD (1984)- Strange disappearances and gruesome murders in NYC lead a group of intrepid locals into the sewers in search of the truth, and find a horde of bloodthirsty mutant cannibals, in this camp 80s monster classic!
LIFEFORCE (1985)- An expedition to Halley’s Comet results in the return to Earth of one crazed, lone survivor and a mysterious naked female vampire who proceeds to drain Londoners of their “lifeforce”, leaving a populace of ravening zombies in her wake. A loony, over-the-wall, effects-driven horror bonanza from director Tobe (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) Hooper and Cannon Films! Screening from a 35mm print of the longer international cut.
PEOPLE WHO OWN THE DARK (1976)- While a group of debauched, rich revelers and military officers party at a secluded castle, a nuclear war ravages the countryside causing the survivors to go blind and become thirsty for blood, in this Spanish take on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD from director Leon Klimovsky and actor Paul Naschy.
Saturday, May 28:
**With producer/director Brian Yuzna in person!**
RE-ANIMATOR (1985)- Producer Brian Yuzna teams up with Director Stuart Gordon and screenwriter Dennis Paoli for this wickedly fun, ghoulishly clever, over-the-top, classic 80s gore-fest based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft! Jeffrey Combs is Herbert West; co-starring Bruce Abbot, Barbara Crampton, and David Gale.
BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (1990)- Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain are back in this demented, ultra-gory sequel, trying to create the perfect woman from dead parts, until their bodiless nemesis returns, along with a police Lieutenant, seeking bloody revenge. Directed by Brian Yuzna.
NECRONOMICON: BOOK OF THE DEAD (1993)- This rarely-screened anthology revolves around tales of terror adapted from stories by H.P. Lovercraft (played by Jeffrey Combs in the wraparound segment), concerning the resurrection of the dead. Directed by Brian (SOCIETY) Yuzna, Shusuke (GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE) Kaneto and Christophe (BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF) Gans.
Sunday, May 29:
HOUSE (1985)- Steve (FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 & 3) Miner directed this hair-raising horror comedy about a writer (William Katt) who moves into an old house where his son went missing and soon begins to experience a number of strange occurrences. From a story by Fred (THE MONSTER SQUAD, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS) Dekker, shot by Mac (FROM
BEYOND, RE-ANIMATOR) Ahlberg and produced by Sean (FRIDAY THE 13TH) Cunningham!
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3 (1993)- When a young man loses his girlfriend in a motorcycle accident, he smuggles her corpse into a top-secret military base and subjects it to a bio-weapon that causes the dead to come back to life, then all hell breaks loose! Directed by Brian Yuzna.
LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964)- Before NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, this gloomy Italian production, based on Richard Matheson’s I AM LEGEND, cast Vincent Price as a scientist who is the lone survivor of a plague, struggling to stay alive against mobs of bloodthirsty zombies.
Gates open at 6:00pm each night. Showtime at Sundown.
Tickets for Thursday are $10 per person. Friday/Saturday/Sunday: $15.
Overnight Pass is available for an additional $10 (per person).
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All events are rain or shine.
No transfers or refunds.