The Apocalypse Is Upon Us! Follow the Rules.

(Rules are from the film Zombieland and appear in no particular order)

Rule #32: Enjoy the Little Things – It’ll help you keep your sanity.

We love creating cool events for you to come to more than just about anything at The Cary (well, except maybe watching movies)!  We’re at it again and happy to introduce our newest event – Zombiepalooza! We’ve created an experience that includes 14 short, locally made zombie flicks, shaving cream, face painting, Twinkies, cool T-shirts, costume contests, and a nod to the father of the zombie film genre, George A. Romero.

Let’s back up – this is George.

In 1968, before the zombie craze that we’re in now, he made a film called Night of the Living Dead. While there had been films with zombies in them prior to 1968, this film is widely considered as the “first” zombie film, and thereby set up George Romero as the father of the zombie genre. This film is so important, that the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film that is culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. In short, George is the MAN when it comes to the undead.

Zombieland Rule #16: Opportunity Knocks – And whenever it does, make sure you answer.

Fast forward 48 years and here we are – zombies are mainstream.  We decided to jump on the Z-train and taking inspiration from the 2009 flick, Zombieland (the first zombie film to break $100 million at the box office); we created a “make your own zombie film” competition.  We hit the jackpot!  We have 14 short films (from 1 – 5 mins) that are exceptionally creative and fun with names like Something’s in the Shadows, Merry Zmas, The Wakening, Zombies on the Loose. There were 80 filmmakers/cast/crew members that came together to create these films and you’re going to enjoy seeing them! We’ll screen them outside (beside the theater – in the scary zombie dark!). Prizes will be provided by downtown merchant Mosquito Wizard – $100 for first place and $50 for second!  Plus – the audience (that’s you) will pick the People’s Choice award which gets $25 donated by theater patron and supporters Melinda Baran and Steve Rebach. Each film must use the following prop: A can of shaving cream. How many cans do you think you can spot?

Zombieland Rule #1: Cardio – The faster you run, the further away you can be from a zombie.

This sounds like a good plan, but we’re thinking you’ll have a hard time with this one since we’re asking folks to come dressed as their favorite zombie.  You’ll be surrounded – but we’re pretty sure that they’ll all be on their best behavior because they want to win the “Best Zombie” prize that will be given by Prestige Day Spa.  The Spa folks are going to be at the event doing zombie make-up for folks.  Maybe you have the zombie get-up, but need help with the make-up – they can help.

Rule #27: Incoming! – Always be on your toes. You never know what could come out of nowhere.

The Green Hope High School Art Club is all over this rule!  They have created an amazing set of zombies that will be installed on our marquee!  Hopefully this is the first of many cool items to grace it! They did a great job – make sure you ride by and see it!

Zombieland Rule #29: The Buddy System – The more, the merrier. Never go it alone.

Bring your friends!  Have some fun, eat some Twinkies (yes – the all-American back from the dead treat – Twinkies).  Features highly in Zombieland – and we love to eat them!

Fun starts at 7 p.m. with the zombie short-film screenings, costume contest, film awards and continues with the screening of the film that started it all – Night of the Living Dead (1968) at 9:30 p.m. The event is free. We’ll have some seating, but bring your own chair in case we run out!

Zombieland Rule #2: The Double Tap – Never assume a zombie is dead.

We included this rule as a public service announcement. Just in case . . .



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