Staff Report

Zombies will take over Parks Plaza Theatre in Buellton on Wednesday, Oct. 24, when the Central Coast Film Society screens “Night of the Living Dead” as part of the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic film.

“This film spawned a whole movie genre and we are celebrating its 50th birthday!” said Daniel Lahr, executive director of the film society.

The local event is called “Beers and Brains,” and the film will be partly sponsored by Figueroa Mountain Brewing company. Included in the price of a ticket is a cup of beer. Other concessions will be provided by Parks Plaza.

“We wanted to make this event really fun and decided to do a costume contest. We hope many zombies will participate as we have gathered some fun prizes,” Lahr said.

The film, released in October 1968, was made on a tiny budget by director George A. Romero. The premise of the film is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.

The goal of the Central Coast Film Society is to provide local filmmakers and films a venue to call home, foster future media artists, and create opportunities to get involved in the industry by hosting lectures, screenings and eventually a film festival.

Doors will open at 9:45 p.m. with the zombie costume contest at 10 p.m. The film will start at 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, or $20 with membership. Viewers must be 21 or older to attend.

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