On this episode of FROM DUSK TILL CON RADIO, the crew is joined by the promoters of two amazing shows, Cinema Wasteland and DAYS OF THE DEAD LA. Ken talks about the 23rd show and why he runs a different kind of show and what films he is into. Then show regular Adolfo stops by to talk about the LA show and rising cost of autograph prices.
Mike Exler, William L. Bozarth and Neal Jones team up at MadMonster Party in Charlotte, NC to bring you a special podcast. FROM DUSK TILL CON RADIO, WITHOUT YOUR HEAD, EAST COAST HORROR GROUP and GODDAMN ZOMBIE team up to show there can be friends in the podcast world as we cover the great MadMonster Party Convention and just talk horror in general.
Most men would take a well deserved break from fundraising after spending the better part of a year raising $50,000 to save the iconic Evans City Cemetery chapel from “Night of the Living Dead.” But as many of us have learned Gary Streiner is not like most men. He cares about the history and culture of the region he lives and the movie industry. Many people in this world say they care but Gary backs up his words with energy and effort that I can only dream of having. Gary rallied his troops after he learned that the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, Pennsylvania faced an uphill battle to upgrade to DCP projection and that if the goal isn’t met the possibility of the Hollywood Theater closing was a reality.
On Saturday March 2nd, 2013 Gary and his supporters put on an event at the Hollywood Theater that raised over $8,000 towards the $65,000 goal for the Hollywood Theaters digital conversion. It was a day full of events and a showcase of many talented people. Too many to mention in this article but some of the highlights of the day were:
Live music on stage that included a talented lineup including Vincent Price’s grandson.
Autographs and a Q&A with stars of Night of the Living Dead. Those in attendance were Kyra Schon, Russ Streiner, Ella Mae Smith, Joe Unitas, Paula Richards and of course Gary.
A silent auction with tons of cool items that any horror fan would proudly display in their home.
Ticket holders went home with a print of the original artwork for this event created by Terry Callen of Screaming Brain Studio.
But the main highlight of the day was Night of the Living Dead showing on the Hollywood’s big screen. It was shown in 35mm projection and it reminded me how great film can be and despite push for digital we need to preserve this type of movie viewing experience.
As the night ended and I said goodbye to friends old and new and I left with a great feeling. I’ve always felt like the horror film community is made up of some of the nicest and most caring people. This event validated my feelings. Gary is the ringleader but there are many volunteers that have helped his chapel efforts and now the Hollywood. They share the same passion as Gary and the desire help preserve important landmarks. Without all of these people the chapel would probably be a pile of rubble today and the Hollywood Theater in Dormont would not be $8,000 closer to its goal.
The fight for the Hollywood Theater isn’t over but Saturday was a huge leap forward. You can learn more about the theater and the fundraising efforts by visiting www.thehollywooddormont.org
To keep track of how construction at the Chapel is coming along and keep tabs on Gary and his army of supporters you can go to www.fixthechapel.com
East Coast Horror Group
Scream Park is Cary Hill’s feature film directorial debut. Set in a run down Amusement Park on its final day of operation. The park has to close due to low attendance and lack of funds. The owner of the park played by Doug Bradley devises a plan to make sure his park stays open and becomes an attraction for years to come.
When Fright Land Amusement Park closes for the final time, the remaining staff decides to have a party inside the park, but the fun is interrupted by two psycho killers hell bent on killing each and everyone of the partying teens. A fight to the death rages to see who if any will survive the night at Fright Land.
This film sets out to be a homage to the campy 1980′s slasher flicks. Scream Park delivers just that, a perfect throw back to the films we all grew up watching. This film would fit in perfectly between Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Cary really nailed the 80′s campiness while keeping the gore level high and the practical effects well done. The formula is simple and in my opinion that makes a good slasher film. For any fans of the slasher genre that have been waiting for a new take on your favorite genre then this film is for you.
For an independent film the cast was impressive. As mentioned before, Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) and Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy, Repo the Genetic Opera)lend star power to this cool throw back film. The cast is rounded out by local Pittsburgh actors.
A very impressive first film by Cary Hill and I feel we will be seeing many more great things to come from this director. For more information on the film and to purchase the film please visit, www.screamparkmovie.com
East Coast Horror Group