HAVE A SNACK IN THE GRAVEYARD AFTER TRICKS OR TREATS!!!
The air is filled with ghouls. But besides all those campaign ads, Halloween is this Saturday night! So join UNCLE PETE on a rare trip to The Cinema Graveyard for our annual Halloween DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN tradition – Night Of The Living Dead! To celebrate this special day, UNCLE PETE hops into the Dark Vault Cruiser and off to the wide stoney spaces to personally get this week’s feature.
Night Of The Living Dead, director George Romero’s first horror film, is set in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area (and that’s pretty scary all by itself). The dead have risen from their graves everywhere and have an appetite for human flesh. One theory in the film is that contamination from a returning space probe is responsible, but I always suspected fluoride.
Our movie opens in a fun place that looks much like the Cinema Graveyard. Barbra (Judith O’Dea) and her brother encounter the first of many walking dead (Bill Hinzman) who kills the brother and pursues Barbra (guess the dead scared the “a” out of her name) to a farmhouse where she meets our hero Ben (Duane Jones). A few other regular folks drop by. And then it’s a non-stop parade of hungry ghouls.
Although called ghouls rather than zombies in the movie, this film set the tone for zombies to be thought of not as products of voodoo, but flesh-eating meanies. From George Romero, whose previous directing included industrial safety films, commercials, and some MisterRoger’s Neighborhood episodes, it’s 1968’s Night Of The Living Dead.
It’s cold, damp air and wide open spaces for UNCLE PETE out in the Cinema Graveyard. Amongst the marble and granite, he also finds a treat from 1933 and one of our favorite cartoon teams – Tom and Jerry (the tall guy and the short guy, not the cat and mouse) on the trail of a mummy thief in Magic Mummy. But UNCLE PETE is not alone. There’s a slow-moving friend (or perhaps fiend) approaching from behind with the air of rotting flesh – and he looks hungry!
So tune in Halloween night, Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton, 99 in Hornell/Corning/Elmira, 17 in Montrose/Sayre, PA – with replays for you late Trick or Treaters at midnight and 2AM – and make sure to tune in early to see the original Dark Vault Cruiser tour through the Cinema Graveyard – some rare footage not unlike the opening of our movie. It’s UNCLE PETE (and uninvited friend) bringing you Night Of The Living Dead on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!