Sunday, July 7, 2013

7/13 Double Feature: NIGHTMARE FACTORY & Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD

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We have a special double feature lined up for Saturday, July 13:

First up is a FREE screening of Donna Davies' NIGHTMARE FACTORY (2011), a documentary about the rise of the KNB EXF Group (Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman), the prolific company responsible for the special makeup and other effects on everything from Dances with Wolves to Scream to The Walking Dead television series.

It's an incredibly fun documentary that paints the trio as rock stars of the effects world just as makeup artists were gaining celebrity-like recognition in the pages of Fangoria and Cinefantastique Magazine.

Interviews include Greg Nicotero, John Landis, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Gabe Bartalos, George Romero, and more.

This is the last screening of the film before it receives larger distribution later in the year, so we're very pleased to present it here in the Boston area.

Nightmare Factory (2011)
10 pm
Seating is very limited, so you're strongly encouraged to register in advance here (up to two tickets):

This is followed by a rare 35mm presentation of George A. Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD (1985).

The roots of KNB are tied to their work on Day of the Dead under the tutelage of Tom Savini. We were fortunate to land a print for a very rare screening to pair up with the documentary.

Day of the Dead was lambasted by critics and fans upon release in 1985, and was subsequently a failure for Romero. It has, however, gained respect upon rediscovery on home video. It may not be the favorite of most fans, but it's certainly a stunning representation of the zombie genre, and a cornerstone of the living dead series. The power lies in the outright doom facing this bickering group of survivors, buried in a military bunker deep below the surface with the living dead roaming right over their heads. The film also contains some of Savini's most incredible and gruesome effects. 

Day of the Dead (1985)



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