Zombiepalooza 2021 – Details Coming Soon

Zombiepalooza 2020 Went Virtual


Congrats to our 2020 Film Competition Winners!

First PlaceNight of Terror by Jordan Pollard







Second PlacePaws by Bonnie Webster









Third PlaceWho’s The Zombie? by Kenny & Livia Bagley






Locally Produced Zombie Short Films

Organize before they rise! The 5th annual Zombiepalooza, the Town of Cary’s zombie-themed screening party featuring locally produced short films screened virtually with 10 films, 7 of which qualified to compete for prizes. The screening was offered from October 23 through November 13.  The film prop requirement was the coveted 2020 toilet paper roll.

Local Filmmakers

Each year, local filmmakers and hobbyists are 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. The hair dryer was last year’s required attraction, so keep your eyes peeled for at least one visible in every film.

How to participate as a filmmaker >>

Halloween Costume Contest

This year our annual costume competition took place over social media through Halloween night.  Selfies were shared on the Cary Theater’s Facebook or Instagram between Oct. 21-31 and tagged with: #CaryZombies. All Halloween costumes were welcome. 

Learn about our costume contest >>


2019 Film Competition Winners

First Place – FATAL TIME by Korey Merritt

Second Place – THE MEAT UP by Patrick Goodwin

People’s Choice – FOGGY VALE by Max Williams


Last year, zombies once again rose downtown at The Cary Theater at the 4th annual Zombiepalooza, featuring local filmmakers’ zombie short films. 

This family-friendly FREE night of zombie cinema and cosplay is a Town favorite. Families dressed as their favorite horror characters, and channeled their inner zombie rebel to be a part of our costume contest!  Our neighboring bars and restaurants had tremendous traffic open and Twinkies were provided for everyone to celebrate our muse of a Zombie film – Zombieland. Our screening of the 2019 Zombiepalooza films were followed by The Dead Don’t Die.


Zombiepalooza 2019 Films

Film Name

Filmmaker / Team Captain

Team Name

Fatal Time Korey Merritt Gorilla Zone Film 
The Carolina Creeper Nikolas Williams Natrick Productions
Project Resurrection Eric Ayscue   
The March of the Dead Gavin Edmonds  AFHS Productions
Bustin’ Rhymes: A Zombie Spitacular Evan Catlin   
Foggy Vale Max Williams Carolina Strange
Kira Erik Reuter Shaw University
The Meat Up Patrick Goodwin   
A Zombie Cacophony Cameron Bertolini  
Oh, Deer Vin Dormani Buried Hatchet Productions 
Lover’s Lane Maria Williams Godbox Productions LLC
Pulse Stephaun Perry  Eaze Day Ent



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