[Press release from the Nightlight Cinema.]
From 1985 to 1989, a local director named J.R. Bookwalter made one of the largest scale Zombie movies ever produced: THE DEAD NEXT DOOR. More than 1500 extras roamed these very streets in tattered outfits and Karo syrup-soaked prostheses in search of flesh. Now that Bookwalter has successfully completed his crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the Akron-native has been able to restore the original Super-8 materials to glorious HD and surround sound.
"From the beginning, this project snowballed into something much bigger than I ever dreamed, thanks to financing from a mysterious executive producer in Detroit, a large cast and crew with no prior film experience, … and like-minded horror fans who discovered the film after seeing a (somewhat premature) four-page spread in FANGORIA magazine," Bookwalter said on his Indiegogo campaign page.
On October 10th, The Nightlight Cinema will host a screening of THE DEAD NEXT DOOR with J.R. Bookwalter present to give a Q&A after the screening. Following THE DEAD NEXT DOOR, The Nightlight will show the 1979 Lucio Fulci-directed horror classic, ZOMBIE.
"Anyone who's got brains will show up to The Nightlight on October 10th, …" said Nightlight executive director Kurtiss Hare, "…on second thought, if you have brains and you want to keep them, maybe you'd better stay home."
The Nightlight is a high-end digital cinema whose theater seats only 52, so special events like these often sell out. Tickets to both THE DEAD NEXT DOOR with J.R. Bookwalter and ZOMBIE may be purchased at The Nightlight's website: http://www.nightlightcinema.