Horror movie marathon planned at Greater Connellsville Community Center
Halloween is a time for costumes, monsters and scary movies, and the Greater Connellsville Community Center has them all Saturday with The Running Dead Movie-Thon.
The Edwin S. Porter Theater in the community center at 201 E. Fairview Ave. will be the site for this scare-athon, which has a lineup that includes a recent release as well as some cult classics, all with a local connection.
Organizers said live actors and prop bags make the marathon unlike anything that has been held in the Connellsville area.
“I think different people will like these movies because they are different in their own way. ... You'll have the diehard followers for ‘Rocky Horror.' I've seen ‘Corpsing,' and I believe contemporary horror film fans will love it. Also, personally, I've seen ‘Night of the Living Dead' more times than I can count, but I've never seen it on the big screen, so that's something special to experience. And those who love cheesy movies being mocked throughout, Dr. Castle will fill that void,” said Mark Hofmann, co-organizer of The Running Dead.
The movie event begins at 4 p.m. with “Dr. Castle and His Cinemaniacs Examine: House on Haunted Hill.”
Directed by Ed Keleman, this play/movie combination will have actors Brendan Kelemen as Jack-O, Dave Cavill as Dr. Castle and Katrina Kayden as Nurmi, providing comedic commentary in the style of cult TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
The “Night of the Living Dead” will be shown at 6 p.m. The 1968 cult classic, directed and co-written by Carnegie Mellon University graduate George A. Romero, was filmed in Western Pennsylvania.
“We chose the movies to have a variety of films for people to see, either for the first time or for the first time on the big screen. We chose ‘Night of the Living Dead' mainly because it is the granddaddy of zombie films, and to not have it would be unthinkable in my book,” Hofmann said.
At 8 p.m., the 2013 horror film “Corpsing,” a movie written and directed by and starring The Running Dead co-organizer Jeff Monahan, will be shown.
“Jeff is a local guy, and he filmed the movie in Pittsburgh, so we wanted to premiere the film locally,” Hofmann said.
A special movie sneak peak will be presented before the 8 p.m. showing of “Corpsing.”
“It will be for ‘Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies,' a unique, hard-knocks zombie movie featuring such legendary professional wrestlers like Roddy Piper, Jim Duggan and Kurt Angle,” Hofmann said.
Entry to the first three movies is free for participants in The Running Dead zombie run. Others can bring a canned-food item to donate to the Connellsville Area Community Ministries food pantry to see one or all three of those movies.
After “Corpsing,” the theater will be cleared to prepare for the 1975 cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 11 p.m. This special showing will have a shadow cast.
“The movie plays and the cast will pantomime the scenes from the movie and at the end of the movie we will do a mini-concert with songs from the show,” director Tyler Handford said.
Attending “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” event is a tradition for many this time of year. Handford said he feels the film's exuberance and message of “don't dream it, be it” is part of the reason for the show's popularity.
“I think what drives people to it is there is nothing else out there like it. I know people that hate musicals but love this show,” he said.
Admission is $5 to the R-rated “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Prop bags for movie acting
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.