Need a vacation? To get away from it all? Feel the urge to put your troubles behind you and focus on what truly matters in life? For those of you in, near, and around the Empire State, beware of the shuffling slack-jaws coming your way. Starting July 8th, the New York Museum of Arts and Design is hosting,
Zombo Italiano: The Italian Zombie Film Movement, 1972 – 1985!
Now this isn’t just some crap art house running a half-assed retrospective. There’s some serous thought put into curating a complete and thorough body of work from some of the most cumulative years of Italian horror cinema. Included also in these screening are seminars and demonstrations; some that just may save your life.
The screenings are running in conjuction with the exhibition Dead or Alive, that is available to view until October 24th. It includes a myriad of international artists contributing to the theme and perceptions of death and being by utilizing now deceased organisms as materials for design and sculpture.
Admission costs $10 a screening, only $7 for students with valid ID or with zombie make-up. Now imagine being in an audience of blood dripping knuckle-draggers taking part in this glorious celebration of culture, art, and history through cinema.
All screenings will be held at:
The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
Check out this eye gouging schedule and gut bursting lineup that run the full course of July!
Thursday, July 8th, 7pm
George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead AKA Zombi
This flick helped springboard the ZOMBI Trilogy and set up the foundation for Italian filmmakers to create their work in such frenzied, stylized means. The gift of the walking dead was handed off like a severed arm and none of us have been the same since. The film is presented as Romero intended, minus the contributions of Dario Argento who oversaw the Italy release.
Before the viewing starts enjoy How Not to Die: A Zombie Combat Club Defensive Primer
From Roger Ma and the Zombie Combat Club comes a pre-film demonstration of essential combat skills for surving in the zombie apocalypse. Topics covered will include: anatomy, weapons, techniques, and common misconceptions of confronting a ravenous walking corpse.
Friday, July 9th, 7pm
Zombie, AKA Zombi 2
Fulci raises the bar through gore, effects, music, and pretty much all things zombie. Before the film be sure to witness Zombie VS. Shark VS. You: A Zombie Combat Club Demonstration. Roger Ma and the Zombie Combat Club are back this time demonstrating the vital underwater combat skills for aquatic encounters with the living dead and great white sharks. This will definitely help you put the fear of bikini season in perspective.
Saturday July 10th, 3pm
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, AKA Living Dead At Manchester Morgue (Etcetera)
This flick has more names than Ol’ Dirty Bastard and is just as grimy and awesome. Many fans stumble upon it’s different names, but the iconic characters depicted throughout make it unforgettable.
THE GATES OF HELL TRILOGY
This exciting round-up showcases the pinnacle of Fulci’s contributions to Italian horror and the zombie genre. Filled with no holds barred gore and suspense, these films are as equally disturbing and beautiful as when they were first released.
Thursday, July 15th, 9pm
City of the Living Dead, AKA The Gates of Hell
Friday, July 16th, 7pm
The Beyond AKA The Seven Doors of Death
Included with this screening is Improvised Weapons: A Zombie Combat Club Primer. How prepared are you for the dead to start walking and munch your brain? Well this demo on improvised weapons shows that many found objects, laying around your household, basement and garage, can be utilized to protect yourself from zombies. This is essential know-how when confronted with an attack in the home, in public, or at a cursed hotel containing a portal to Hell itself.
Saturday, July 17th, 3pm
The House By The Cemetery
This screening is shown in its original version. Stemming from an infamous American print in the 1980s where two of the film’s reels were misaligned, several edits of this film have received an incomprehensible narrative.
Thursday, July 22nd, 7pm
Cemetery Man, AKA Dellamorte Dellamore
Rupert Everett proves he had a way with the ladies way before he started turning out Hollywood crap stateside.
Friday, July 23rd, 7pm
With a soundtrack that includes Motley Crue and Billy Idol, come see the original gem that sparked one of the longest running franchises of Italian Zombies.
Saturday, July 24th, 3pm
New Wave hits horror hard in this campy classic that changes the tone of the first by adding the evolving soundtrack of the late 80s, but doesn’t let up on the gore for a minute. As a metal/punk score is left behind, more computer generated effects were embraced.
Thursday, July 29th, 7pm
Pigsty AKA Porcile
Politics and horror are mixed in this examination of cannibalism juxtaposed against stringent government doctrine and philosophy. Here the surreal abounds, creating a head trip of cerebral horror that hopefully isn’t lost in the translation.