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When there is no more room in hell, the dead shall walk the Alamo Drafthouse Lobby

October is a busy month for horror fans at the Alamo Drafthouse. Because of the close proximity to Halloween (the greatest holiday ever), we’re keeping the waters stocked with nothing but the best in scary films and killer events. After kicking things off with the help of Splatterfest last weekend, we’re ready to bring out the big guns and for many that only means one thing: Zombies!

When there is no more room in hell, the dead shall walk the Alamo Drafthouse Lobby

October is a busy month for horror fans at the Alamo Drafthouse. Because of the close proximity to Halloween (the greatest holiday ever), we’re keeping the waters stocked with nothing but the best in scary films and killer events. After kicking things off with the help of Splatterfest last weekend, we’re ready to bring out the big guns and for many that only means one thing: Zombies!

Zombies have long had a strong foothold in popular culture but it seems lately that the undead brain eaters are the jocks and cheerleaders of the monster world. Everywhere you look there are books, video games, movies, television shows and toys based on the misadventures of the living-impaired. To paraphrase the great fashion designer Mugatu, “Zombies. They’re so hot right now.”

Far be it from us to stand between a monster and his adoring fans. That’s why we’ve got a trifecta of zombie events booked for Houston’s corpse connoisseurs.

First up, we’re bringing back the SHAUN OF THE DEAD QUOTE-ALONG. This interactive tribute to Edgar Wright’s zombie masterpiece features props, games and all your favorite lines subtitled and put on screen for you to quote along with. It’s like movie karaoke for one of the greatest zombie comedies ever made. Yeah, boi!

Wednesday, October 12 @ 7:30 PM — West Oaks

Thursday, October 27 @ 7 PM — Mason Park

 

Up next is the return THE WALKING DEAD, AMC’s hit zombie show based on the popular Image comic book by Robert Kirkman. New episodes are returning to the airwaves and the Alamo Drafthouse is going to be screening them on a weekly basis. I don’t care how nice your TV screen is at home — the Alamo Drafthouse is the biggest screen you will be able to watch the weekly undead carnage unfold as Sherriff Rick Grimes tires to keep his family safe in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

We’ll be showing the series on a weekly basis at both theaters and we’ll have games and giveaways at select theaters throughout the season’s run. Keep an eye out on our Facebook or Twitter page to find out where the fun is going down each week.

Sunday, October 16 @ 8 PM — West Oaks and Mason Park

 

Finally, Horror Remix is back for a double dose of horror this October. Those mad geniuses from Dallas with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure horror films present ZOMBIES 2, a video mix tape featuring two hours of zombie carnage. As with all their Horror Remix shows, they take the best parts of some of the rarest films and cut out all the boring parts. This is two hours of blood, guts, nudity and swearing – in other words, it’s like eating nothing but dessert for dinner.

Wednesday, October 26 @ 10 PM — West Oaks

Saturday, October 29 @ 10 PM — Mason Park

 

As you can see, we’re all big fans of the undead here at the Alamo Drafthouse. Don’t believe us? Check out these zombie picks from some of our staff. We’ve solicited advice from both theaters on some movies and books to check out if you don’t feel your zombie quota has been met with this month’s programming:

"Being a huge horror fan it's hard to pick. I loved DAWN OF THE DEAD and saw it in theaters on opening weekend. That night I was constantly looking around to see if zombies were coming after me. THEY CAME BACK and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (of course!) are also great choices. The comedic zombie movies are pretty amazing as well. ZOMBIELAND, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, WASTING AWAY… who can decide? Let's go with my favorite zombie book: “World War Z” is a post-apocalyptic account of a huge zombie war. That book scared me more than any movie. I cannot wait for the film to come out in 2012... I just hope Brad Pitt being the star doesn't ruin it for me!"

— Tabitha Amerson, Shift Manager and Event Host

“If you’re looking for one of the goriest, silliest zombie movies ever made, you can’t go wrong with Peter Jackson’s DEAD ALIVE. From the man who would eventually give the world the LORD OF THE RINGS films, DEAD ALIVE features everything from zombie babies to gruesome-looking rat-monkeys to bloodstained lawnmowers to — would you believe it? — a tender love story. If you’ve never seen this film before, you’re in luck. We’ve booked a 35mm print for later in the year so you’ll get a chance to see the film on the big screen in all its gross-out glory.”

— Robert Saucedo, programmer for The Graveyard Shift

"My favorite zombie movie of ALL TIME is 28 DAYS LATER. I was a new employee at the Alamo Drafthouse — West Oaks and I remember screening this movie in the theater on the Thursday night before it came out to the public. I was sitting by myself but I knew there were two other employees in the theater with me. Well, during the screening, those other two employees left. I never noticed they left.  The movie credits end, I get up to leave and I notice that no one is in the theater. I am already freaked out to begin with because this movie scared me like you wouldn't believe and I had my eyes closed for most of the movie. It was completely dark and I couldn't see to make my way out of the theater. I made it out into the lobby and notice the lights are all out. The music is shut off and no one is around. They had closed the store and locked me in. They had forgotten I was in there watching the movie. I was terrified because it reminded me of the opening scene of the movie where Jim is left alone. I didn't know what to do. It was completely dark and quiet. I looked back into the theater, and all I could see was the red light coming from the exit sign. So I took off running for it, and left through the theater exit door and kept running. I never looked back. To this day, I never told anyone about it, because I was ASHAMED I was so scared and I didn't want the other employees to find out. It feels good to confess that story.”

— Mike Guajardo, Assistant General Manger at Mason Park

While THE WALKING DEAD is certainly a dead on dramatic, gripping portrayal of what the zombie apocalypse might look like; I would have to say that “World War Z” is by far my favorite of any zombie fiction that has crossed my path. Set ten years after the zombie apocalypse, it shows the whole panoramic view of an all out war on the undead. From the first news flashes of strange things happening in far off places to the hordes of undead at your front door to fighting back and finally reclaiming the earth; you would be far pressed to read another zombie book (or watch a movie/series) that can give you that much insight into what surviving the zombie apocalypse would be like. While “The Zombie Survival Guide” was a wonderful work of "comedy," “World War Z” is author Max Brooks' true literary accomplishment!

— Jason Murphy, Beer Passport Founder

"My favorite zombie movie has got to be SHAUN OF THE DEAD. Growing up in England, I was lucky enough to watch the show SPACED when it aired back in '99. Since then, I've been a massive fan of anything by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. I can't wait for the conclusion of the "Cornetto Trilogy""

— James Ness, Area Audio/Visual Manager

What's your favorite zombie film/television show/book/video game? Sound off in the comments below. Plus, keep up to date with all the latest horror events happening at the Houston-area Alamo Drafthouse theaters by joining the Graveyard Shift group on Facebook.

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