Celebrate George Romero at week-long tribute in October
As a tribute to the legendary Pittsburgher George Romero, several local businesses, including Row House Cinema, the Douglas Education Center, House of the Dead, the ScareHouse, makeup artists, special effects artists and filmmakers, have teamed to develop a week's worth of programs and screenings of Romero's films,
The week, titled "A Celebration of George Romero," will occur from (Friday!) Oct. 13 to 19, with most of the events at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville.
The films explore Romero's canon, including forgotten gems behind his zombie repertoire, including "Night of the Living Dead," "Day of the Dead," "Creepshow," "Knightriders," "Martin," and a brand new restoration of "Season of the Witch."
Events include the "resurrection" of Pittsburgh zombie store House of the Dead, a mini Zombie School, featuring lessons on how to act like a zombie from the ScareHouse crew, and a horror-themed trivia night at Bierport in Lawrenceville. , A RomeroWasHere Scavenger Hunt, sending participants to many of the locations where Romero filmed his movies throughout Western Pennsylvania, has already begun.
There also will be involvement from the Douglas Education Center's George A. Romero's Filmmaking Program and Tom Savini's Special Makeup and Effects Program. Proceeds from the makeup and special effects demonstrations will go directly to the students who are displaying their craft.
Romero was an icon among horror fans and is often considered the father of the zombie movie. "Night of the Living Dead," released in 1968, is a cult favorite and launched a new wave of modern zombie movies.
Tickets start at $7.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or email@example.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.