When it comes to horror, Pittsburgh has quite a reputation to uphold. That’s why the unofficial Zombie Capital of the World goes the extra mile in October with tons of truly terrifying movie-related events. Whether you’re looking for zombie hordes, unstoppable serial killers, or vengeful ghosts, theaters throughout the city are sure to deliver.
Night of the Living Dead Discussion Panel – AMC Waterfront 22
In 1968, Night of the Living Dead premiered at Pittsburgh’s Fulton Theater – now the Byham Theater – and horror was never the same again. On October 1st, AMC Waterfront 22 theater will celebrate the classic film’s 46th anniversary with a discussion panel featuring a long list of NOTLD alum, including sound engineer Gary Streiner, co-writer John Russo, and actress Kyra Schon, plus a screening of George Romero‘s digitally remastered masterpiece. The event begins at 5 p.m. with the panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, $10.50 for VIP Seats, and are available for purchase at the AMC website.
Horror at the Manor – Manor Theatre
Movie goers can expect plenty of spooky films at the Manor Theatre all month long. The schedule begins on October 4th with Psycho, and continues with Rosemary’s Baby on October 11th, The Shining on October 18th., Friday the 13th on October 25th, and Night of the Living Dead on October 31st. See website for showtimes. Tickets are $9.25, $6.50 for children 12 and under, and $7 for seniors.
2014 Living Dead Fest – EDCO Park
The undead will rise again for the Living Dead Fest in Evans City, PA. From October 10th through October 12th, fans will convene in EDCO park to honor Pittsburgh’s horror heritage, with a re-dedication of the restored Evans City Cemetery Chapel (which was featured in Night of the Living Dead), plus a chance to meet a long list of celebrity guests, including John Amplas (Martin), Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween 3), and various cast and crew members from George Romero’s Dead series. Tickets range in price from $15 to $225 and are available at Showclix.
History of Zombies/Row House of Horrors – Row House Cinema
The Row House Cinema is celebrating its first Halloween in style with a long list of classic and modern horror films. From October 17th through October 23rd, the theater will present History of Zombies, which includes screenings of White Zombie, ParaNorman, Army of Darkness, Shaun of the Dead, Planet Terror, and, of course, Night of the Living Dead. From October 24th through October 31st, the theater will roll out a more varied selection for Row House of Horrors, which includes Cabin in the Woods, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Hostel, Carnival of Souls, House on Haunted Hill, Nosferatu, Last Man on Earth, and Vampyr. See website for showtimes and ticket prices.
Halloween Party – Hollywood Theater
Along with screening numerous new and classic horror films – including the haunted house arrest film Housebound, the Japanese cult filck Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People, and John Carpenter’s Halloween – the Hollywood Theater will also host another Halloween party full of fun, festive activities. On October 18th, guests can enjoy food and beverages, tarot card readings, a costume contest with prizes, and a selection of scary films. Doors open at 6 p.m. Spooky shorts begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by Poltergeist at 8 p.m. and the Rocky Horror Picture Show at 11:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance at Showclix, $20 at the door. Admission includes two drinks.
SCarrie: The Musical – Bricolage
For the horror fans who want a little song and dance with their telekinetic teen terror, there’s SCarrie at Bricolage. Performed in the style of the theater’s Midnight Radio series, the gender bending musical parody of Stephen King’s breakout novel and director Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation promises plenty of paranormal high school angst topped off with some pig’s blood. The production runs from October 23rd through November 8th. All shows begin at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for the Happy Half Hour with complimentary beer and wine. Tickets are $35, $20 for seniors, students, and groups or 10 or above, and are available for purchase at the Bricolage website.