Horror Channel's Weekend of the Dead
In celebration of the release of LAND OF THE DEAD and for ZOMBIE-lovers who can?t get enough, MONSTERS HD, a VOOM Channel available on the DISH Network, will unleash the walking dead with WEEKEND OF THE DEAD on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. The eleven-film marathon will feature George Romero?s cult classics NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD, Sam (?Spiderman?) Raimi?s EVIL DEAD and Peter (?Lord of the Rings?) Jackson?s DEAD ALIVE, as well as a behind-the-scenes original HD production DREAM OF THE DEAD: THE MAKING OF GEORGE ROMERO?S LAND OF THE DEAD.
FILMS (All Times Eastern)
TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1971) (Plata Films) Director: Amando de Ossorio. ?Makes NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD look like a pajama party!? The first in a series of four ?Blind Dead? features (all directed by Amando de Ossorio), TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is suitably creepy with its scenic locations invoking a total feeling of decay, which suits the undead Templar knights -- a group of cursed 13th century zombies who hunt humans by sound as their eyes were plucked out. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 at 3:45PM
RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD (1973) (Ancla Century Films) Director: Amando de Ossorio. RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD begins with a retelling of the legend of the Templar knights, which sets the scene for the town of Berzano's preparation of the 500th year celebration of their defeat. Amando de Ossorio?s first sequel to his TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is somewhat more of a remake, but is extremely enjoyable and its fast moving plot makes the violent action seem relentless. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 at 5:15PM
THE GHOST GALLEON (1975) Director: Amando de Ossorio. In the third installment of director Amando de Ossorio?s ?Blind Dead? series, the marauding Templar Knights are back once again from the dead and out for human blood! THE GHOST GALLEON (aka GHOST SHIP OF THE BLIND DEAD and HORROR OF THE ZOMBIES) is dripping with chilling atmosphere and laced with an effective score by Anton Garcia Abril. It was quickly followed by a fourth and final ?Blind Dead? entry titled NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 at 6:45 PM
PET SEMATARY II (1992) (Paramount) Director: Mary Lambert. Two young boys discover the ancient Indian burial ground and resurrect the recently deceased. Good sequel to the original Stephen King adaptation with cool zombie make-up and grisly effects. Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards and Clancy Brown star. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 at 8:30PM
BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (1991) (Wild Street) Director: Brian Yuzna. ?Date. Mate. Re-animate!? In this follow-up to 1985?s THE RE-ANIMATOR, crazed Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and his righteous assistant Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), now working in a warfront hospital, discover an amniotic fluid extracted from a rare iguana that will enable body parts to come back to life. FRIDAY, JUNE 24 at 10:15PM.
THE EVIL DEAD, (1981) (Renaissance) Director: Sam Raimi. Highly regarded as one of the best independent horror films of all time, THE EVIL DEAD concerns five young friends who go up to a remote cabin in the woods, only to unearth a horrifying evil lurking in the forest. The film is a true 1980s phenomenon, with an overabundance of gore and carnival atmosphere that genuinely scared the audiences who came to see it and later discovered it on home video. SATURDAY, JUNE 25 at 12:00 AM.
LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE (1964) (AIP) Directors: Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow. This Italian-made apocalyptic horror opus, based on Richard Matheson?s novel I Am Legend, chronicles the final days of Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) on earth as he fights off vampire-like zombies which are taking over everywhere. This film obviously influenced George A. Romero?s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and the story was later re-filmed as THE OMEGA MAN. SATURDAY, JUNE 25 at 11 AM.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) Director: George A. Romero. Pittsburgh-based industrial filmmaker George Romero gathered together a cast and crew of friends and local talent, got together enough money to shoot on weekends, and delivered one of the most terrifying and significant horror films ever to hit the screen. SATURDAY, JUNE 25 at 12:30 PM
DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) Director: George A. Romero. When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. In George A. Romeros brilliant independently-made and modestly-budgeted sequel to his groundbreaking NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, flesh-eating zombi es once again walk the earth, this time in epic proportions. DAWN OF THE DEAD was such a worldwide smash that it inspired a number of knock-off imports from Italy, and was followed by a 1995 sequel (DAY OF THE DEAD), and a big-budget remake in 2004. SATURDAY, JUNE 25 at 3:45 PM
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985) (Hemdale/Fox Films Ltd.) One of the best zombie films ever made. Horror and humor mix when two bumbling medical supply workers unleash a zombie epidemic. Followed by four sequels. Stars Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley. SATURDAY, JUNE 25 at 6:30PM
DEAD ALIVE (1992) Director: Peter Jackson. Also known as BRAINDEAD, this is an outrageous sick-fest horror film from future Oscar-winning New Zealand director Peter Jackson (the ?Lord of the Rings? trilogy). A truly unique and excessively gory black comedy, DEAD ALIVE has the most blood-gushing in its last 20 minutes than probably any other film produced! Saturday, June 25 at 8:15 PM
DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD
George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead has spawned sequels, imitators and its own mega-hit remake but it has never been equaled. The story of its making has become as mythic as the movie itself. Cult filmmaker Roy (Street Trash, The Substitute) Frumkes viscerally documented the drama and dread of bringing the dead back to life. Spanning over a decade of personal interviews and extremely rare footage, Document Of The Dead is the definitive insight into one Horror's most seminal movies. Saturday June 28 at 2:15pm
DREAM OF THE DEAD: THE MAKING OF GEORGE ROMERO?S LAND OF THE DEAD
In 1978, George Romero unleashed the dawn of a new era in terror. Now, over two decades later, Universal pictures will release what is considered to be the greatest and final installment of one of cinema's most terrifying legends, George Romero's Land Of The Dead. Roy Frumkes will document the final chapter with a rare, personal insight into the making of this historic movie. Loaded with exclusive, new interviews and behind the scenes rarities-- all in hi definition-- Dream Of The Dead will take you to a place where some horror legends never die. Saturday June 28 at 6pm
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