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Horror History: Day of the Dead – Fan Corrects Official Premiere Date

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No matter where you look on the Internet, the world premiere date of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead has always been identified as taking place on July 3, 1985. Turns out there was an earlier screening, and we have the proof!

Fan and DC reader David Brudie just checked-in with the following:

Everyone mistakenly thinks that July 3, 1985, was the first showing to the public, but it wasn’t,” Brudie tells us. “I know this because I was at the world premiere of Day of the Dead on June 30, 1985, in Hicksville, Long Island. A radio station, WBAB, was doing a promotion for the film in April-May and telling listeners to be at a certain mall on a specific day to get a free ticket to the world premiere.

It only just dawned on me as I was needing to look up release dates in the U.S. for Day when I noticed that no one goes any further back than July 3rd (which was a limited engagement). The ticket I have predates that misconception by a few days. It was a one-night only premiere and was orchestrated by United Film Distribution Company themselves, as they were headquartered in Great Neck, New York, at that time not very far from where the event was held.

Brudie goes on, “I believe the mall that I went to for the ticket was the Westfield – South Shore Mall, located on Sunrise Highway in Bayshore, Long Island. The specific area that the radio station gave the tickets away from was at The Music Store. A member of the WBAB radio staff showed up with a zombie on a leash, who was the one that actually handed me the tickets.

On the night of the World Premiere, June 30, 1985, I showed up at the UA Hicksville theater (on East Marie Street) dressed and made up as a zombie. If you look at the ticket, you will notice on the right-hand side that it says if you came as a zombie, the ticket would have a special meaning. I found out that I needed to go to a local bar down the street, after the movie, and collect my free Day of the Dead jacket.

Although the jacket is rather generic because I don’t believe it was created specifically for the world premiere, but more as a promotional item they intended to use for other theaters later on. I have attached a photo of the jacket along with the ticket, both front and back views. A funny side note about the jacket… Because I wasn’t quite of age to go into the bar after a jacket, my stepfather went in for me. They originally didn’t want to give him one because he wasn’t made up like a zombie, but after explaining that I was waiting outside, they agreed to give it to him; of course he had to purchase a drink first.

Although I have been involved with numerous online horror movie sites and Facebook pages, I have never met anyone who had another one of these tickets. In fact, I wouldn’t have had one either if I didn’t ask for a second ticket at the mall that day, which they reluctantly gave me. The theater kept the ticket I used to get in. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am to have been at the very first public showing of this film, as I have been a fan of all things horror for a very long time. Being able to break this news to Dread Central after discovering that no one in the world (based on all the research I did last week) has ever given reference to this world premiere is exciting.

And we are happy and honored that you chose us to share this with! Check out all the eye candy below. It’s okay to be jealous. I know we are. Congrats, Dave! Good on you!

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Jacket and Ticket.
Images courtesy of Dave Brudie

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Back of Ticket.
Images courtesy of Dave Brudie

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Front of Ticket.
Images courtesy of Dave Brudie

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Dave Brudie in full zombie regalia circa 1985.

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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Synopsis:
Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?

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Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.

Yuuko

The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.

Fuchi

The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23

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Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

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​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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