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

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Day of the Dead

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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Wrestling Horror Film PARTS UNKNOWN Gets A Grindhouse Trailer

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If you’re not bothered by the sight of maggot-infested corpses, you might be interested in checking out the trailer for Parts Unknown, the new grindhouse-style horror movie from writer and director Richard Chandler (Legless, Scrooge in the Hood, Witch Hunt). As you’ll notice, the trailer is heavy on three things: wrestling, horror, and neon.

In the film, a family of professional wrestlers grow tired of putting their bodies on the line, and decide to seek out a new way to satisfy their bloodlust. It stars Jake Roberts, James Balsamo, Jack Caron, Ken Holmes, James Balsamo, Georgia Rose Matlack, Gary Lee Vincent, and William DeCoff.

Parts Unknown will have its world premiere on June 9 at the Capitol Theater Building in Arlington, Massachusetts. If you’re in the area, you can get your tickets here. There will be two screenings on the day, one at 7pm and the other at 9:30pm, so make sure you book accordingly.

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WE HAPPY FEW Banned In Australia

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We Happy Few is the latest game to have fallen victim to the Australian ratings board, as it’s been refused classification in the country. Kotaku got hold of the Classification Board’s report on the game, which states that the ban was due to a drug named Joy, which the player needs to take in order to progress. The rating was refused in accordance with section 1A of the National Classification Code, Computer Games Table, which categories games which are said to do the following:

“Depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”

The Australian Classification Board are particularity touchy when it comes to drugs, as the originally banned Fallout 3 for the same reason, so we’re not too surprised that they lost their shit over We Happy Few. Either way, we can expect Gearbox to appeal the decision in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

Developed by Compulsion Games, We Happy Few is a dystopian survival horror set an alternate version of 1964. It will feature three playable character, one of who, ironically, censors newspapers for a living. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like one of the most unique major releases in a long time, so we’ll just have to wait until it releases later this year to see if it lives up to the hype. Unless if you live in Australia, in which case you’ll just have to make do with FIFA 18.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 164 – THE CLEANSE

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The Master Cleanse

Wait no longer, boils and ghouls! Today is the day you’ve been waiting for; today is the day we sink our teeth into 2018’s The Cleanse! What’s that? You’ve never heard of The Cleanse?! Well, neither had we, but horror releases are slim pickings right now, so we take what we can get. At least we can all agree that we’ve been dying to see Johnny Galecki in something other than Big Bang Theory, right? No? Well, fuck. Here’s an episode about his new movie anyway. What are we even doing?

It was crazy of me to think I could help the police, but I’m going to keep researching, keep writing, there are stories that need to be told, so… here’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 164!

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