Apparently every year the folks at Mondo and the Alamo Drafthouse down in Austin holds a “mystery movie” viewing where fans basically pay for the ticket and poster for a mystery movie screening in advance without knowing what they’ll be seeing. This year it was George Romero’s original “Dawn of the Dead”. Check out what went down in Austin on the 29th of October. Now THIS is a great way to spend your Halloween. Or, well, Halloween-ish.
700 people were loaded onto buses and traveled by police-escorted motorcade to the Highland Mall. As the buses turned into the mall parking lot, they were attacked by a horde of 200 zombies and a scene of incredible carnage. The 200 zombies were made up by Hawgfly Productions Inc, whose makeup artists have supervised makeup FX for films like Robert Rodriguez’s MACHETE. After attacking the arriving group of moviegoers, the zombies continued to roam the mall during the screening of George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD, where Romero was a surprise guest to introduce the film and personally dispatch a bothersome zombie. The zombies included the iconic DAWN OF THE DEAD zombies including the Nurse, the Hare Krishna, and many more.
Here’s how it all went down:
And here’s the poster that everyone got to take home (by artist Jeff Proctor):