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The undead rise again! See this year’s locally produced Zombie short films at the 5th annual Zombiepalooza. This year will be a FREE virtual screening, so gather the family and join us online for all the gory fun.
The Cary Theater’s zombie-themed screening party usually features an outdoor street party with favorite locally produced short Zombie films. We hope we’ll see you in-person in the near future. In the meantime, organize before they rise… and join us online for Zombiepalooza right here on our website. 
A Special Thanks to Mosquito Wizard, Pharmacy Bottle+Beverage, Raleigh-Cary Realty and Crosstown Pub & Grill for their generous prize contributions this year. 

Zombiepalooza Costume Contest

Calling All Goblins & Ghouls  Enter Our Zombiepalooza Costume Contest During Halloween Season Since this year’s Zombiepalooza films will screen virtually, we won’t be able to gather in-person. Our annual costume competition WILL still take place over social media! Enter Zombiepalooza’s All-Ages Costume Contest anytime now through Halloween. Simply share a selfie of yourself or your […]

Zombiepalooza Call For Films 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Cary Theater Seeks Locally Produced Short Films October 14 deadline for film submissions. All submissions must include use of a toilet paper roll in the finished film. Zombiepalooza 2020 will take place Friday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. CARY, N.C.  – Organize before they rise! The Cary Theater today announced […]

October 25

The Town of Cary’s zombie-themed downtown block party will take place October 25 at The Cary Theater. The fourth annual Zombiepalooza features 12 locally produced short films shown on a giant outdoor screen in front of the theater. Attendees are encouraged to dress as a favorite zombie or horror film character, with prizes for best […]

Zombiepalooza 2019 Call For Films

The Cary Theater today announced a call-for-entries for locally produced 1-to-5 minute short films to compete at Zombiepalooza on Oct. 25, 2019. The 4th annual Zombiepalooza is the Town of Cary’s zombie-themed downtown outdoor block party featuring locally produced short films. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate. Films are due by October 4.

Zombiepalooza 2018

Zombies will once again rise downtown at The Cary Theater. We’re excited to bring you the 3rd annual Zombiepalooza featuring local filmmakers’ zombie short films. This event is FREE! Based on the forecast for rain on Friday, this event will take place INDOORS in the theater.


Bring the kids for a family-friendly FREE night of zombie cinema and cosplay. Don’t let the weather spoil your fun. Dress as your favorite horror character, or channel your inner zombie rebel and be a part of our costume contest!  Our neighboring bars and restaurants will be open, and there will be Twinkies for everyone to help create a Zombieland indoors.


Local filmmakers and hobbyists have been invited to get creative and tell their own Zombie stories in one to five minutes. Filmmakers range in age from teens to older adults, using all types of cameras, including smartphones. The common theme… ZOMBIES. Imaginations run wild! As always, there’s one required element every filmmaker must use. This year it’s the traffic cone. So keep your eyes peeled for at least one visible in every film.

This year’s films and teams include:

“People Are Dead Wrong About Zombies” Olivia Bagley & DarK Bolt
“Quality Time with the Z Family” Dina & Charlie Huffman & Moonshadow Films
“Blood and Brains” Eric Ayscue
“Children of the Gate” Cameron Bertolini & Frontgate Films
“Chop & Shop” Vincent Dormani & Buried Hatchet Productions
When Evil Comes” Julia Gallert
“Missed Call” Michael Pearce & Screaming Eagles
“Gang of Cones” William Whitehurst
“Day of the Living Phil” Joey Wendt, Max Williams, Kevin Steele & That’s Show Business
“The Zombies”  Geneva Childs & Cat Zombies


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Zombiepalooza Is Sponsored By Our Downtown Cary Neighbors & Friends:

1st Place Prize: $150.00 – Sponsored by Mosquito Wizard

2nd Place Prize: $75.00 – Sponsored by Crosstown Pub & Grill

People’s Choice Prize: $100 – Sponsored by Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage

Zombieland Twinkie Break: Sponsored by Raleigh-Cary Realty


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Afterwards, we screen the definitive zombie culture documentary, “Doc of the Dead,” brought to the screen by our friend and filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, which examines the zombie phenomenon in today’s popular culture.


Rules for those submitting films to Zombiepalooza 2018

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The zombies will once again rise at The Cary Theater!  We’re excited to bring you the 2nd annual Zombiepalooza. On Friday night, we’re featuring 15 local filmmakers’ zombie short films on a huge outdoor screen downtown. Downtown-Cary-ZombiesBring the kids for a family-friendly night of zombie short films. We’ll also have cosplay zombies, so dress as your favorite horror film character, or channel your inner zombie rebel! Our neighboring bars and restaurants will be open, and Raleigh-Cary Realty will provide Twinkies for everyone to help create a downtown Zombieland.



First Place Award – Mosquito Wizard

Second Place Award  – Crosstown Pub & Grill

People’s Choice Award – Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage

Best Costume Award – Prestige Day Spa & Studio




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A Tribute to George Romero: “Dawn of the Dead” (1978)

george_a._romeroFollowing our zombie shorts screenings, we’ll feature George Romero’s second great zombie film in the Living Dead series. The horror classic “Dawn of the Dead” follows an ever-growing epidemic of zombies, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend who seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. This film is also shown outdoors and is FREE!



PrintZombiepalooza fun continues throughout the weekend with the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more:  http://www.sickchickflicksfilmfest.com


You don’t want to miss this weekend of zombie thrills and horror chills!








Local filmmaker hobbyists have been invited to get creative and tell their own Zombie stories in one to five minutes. Filmmakers range in age from teens to older adults, using all types of video cameras, including smartphones.  At least 14 films will be screened, with the theme being all about ZOMBIES… how they got here, how to survive a zombie attack, friendly zombies, comedic zombies… imaginations are running wild!


We do have one required element that every filmmaker must use: a toilet brush. So, keep an eye out for a toilet brush visible in every film. Otherwise, film creativity is up the imaginations of our entrants.