This summer, filmmaker Jake Mulliken expanded his award-winning short Meltdown into a full-length feature, then celebrated its completion by helping to create a film festival in Somerset, PA. On September 24th, the work will make its Pittsburgh premiere at Southside Works Cinema.
Influenced by Shaun of the Dead and Mad Max, the zombie comedy follows Zeke (Robert McMurray), Callie (Alicia Marie Marcucci), Les (Seth Gontkovic) and Hunter (Mulliken) on the eve of Hunter’s 29th birthday as they share in a few drinks on a seemingly dull day in their hometown of Somerset. The day takes a turn for the worse as everyone they have ever known are suddenly transformed into aggressively murderous flesh eating freaks. The four comrades are forced to hack and slash their way through the reanimated corpses of their closest friends and loved ones, only to find themselves on the precipice of a post apocalyptic wasteland littered with monsters and the looming threat of their fellow survivors.
Meltdown begins at 7 p.m. A reception will take place in the lobby at 6 p.m. Admission price includes a movie poster, food, and a chance to compete in a Zombie Costume Contest. The contest winner will receive $100 and a walk-on role in the Meltdown sequel. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at the Southside Works Cinema website.