In 1968, Pittsburgh filmmaker George Romero released what would become one of the most iconic horror films of the 20th century. The influential work inspired generations of fans, and made zombies a pop culture sensation that endures in movies, books, TV and theater. For its 45th anniversary, the Heinz History Center celebrates Night of the Living Dead with a special event.
On Feb. 22nd, the museum hosts a screening of the film as part of its new exhibition 1968: The Year That Rocked America. Guests can enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the exhibit, as well as snacks and refreshments, including alcoholic beverages, popcorn, and retro candy. The happening will also raise the dead, as attendees participate in Pittsburgh’s Best Zombie Contest. The winners of the inaugural contest will be crowned the Zombie King and Queen of Pittsburgh, and will each receive a prize package containing a ScareHouse prize coffin with two RIP passes to The ScareHouse 2013, and merchandise from the zombie store House of the Dead.
The event begins at 5 p.m. with the contest and screening taking place at 7 p.m. The event is free with regular museum admission.