Fans Celebrate Pittsburgh’s Zombie Past At Living Dead Fest


Few horror films have stood the test of time, or have influenced culture as much as George Romero‘s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead. On Aug. 30th and 31stNight‘s original cast and crew members will meet with fans at the place where it all started – Evans City, PA – to honor the 45th anniversary of this landmark movie.

Now in its fifth year, Living Dead Fest provides a weekend of events and activities centered around Pittsburgh’s proud zombie film history. Besides commemorating Night‘s milestone, this year’s gathering will also celebrate the completion of the Fix The Chapel project, which seeks to restore and preserve the Evans City Cemetery chapel, a building that served as part of the backdrop in Romero’s seminal work. See below for the fest schedule:

Aug. 30st

11 a.m. – Gates open

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Judith O’Dea and Russ Streiner at The Evans City Cemetery

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Jack Russo and Judith Ridley at The Original Farmhouse Location

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Russ Streiner and Richard Ricci at Kevin Kriess‘ New Evans City Store

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – The Celebration of the Chapel at the Evans City Cemetery

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Bonfire at EDCO Park

Aug. 31st

10 a.m. – Gates open

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Bill Cardille and George Kosana at The Bridge, near the farmhouse location

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Judith O’Dea and Russ Streiner at The Evans City Cemetery

7:30 p.m. – Signings end

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Q&A panel with Night celebrity guests

9 p.m. – Night of the Living Dead screening

Living Dead Fest will meet in EDCO Park. Besides those mentioned above, additional confirmed guests are Terry Gindele, John Kirch, Herbert SummerDick Heckard, and Dave James

General rates range range from $10 to $20. Celebrity tours are $50. For $95, attendees will also receive a limited edition event poster designed by Terry Callen of Screaming Brain Studio. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.


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