‘RiffTrax to Bring a Comedic Take on Romero’s Classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Back to Cinemas Nationwide October 25 Only
Sidesplitting and Brain-Eating Mayhem Comes to U.S. Movie Theaters for One Spooky Night This Fall
DENVER – September 20, 2017 – Just in time for Halloween, movie theater audiences can enjoy a scarily hilarious riff of the movie that kicked off the zombie craze as RiffTrax’s laughter-craftsmen, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (of Mystery Science Theater 3000® fame), take on Night of the Living Dead. Originally broadcast in October 2013, Fathom Events and RiffTrax will bring this frighteningly funny one-night event, “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead,” back to movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
In addition to the feature content, audiences will get to experience an acknowledgement to the late George Romero through a special introduction from RiffTrax.
Tickets for “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 700 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Event’s website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“I think people will enjoy our loving take on George Romero's classic,” Michael J. Nelson of RiffTrax said. “It's a rare privilege - and a heck of a lot of fun - to take on a movie that literally invented a genre.”
This classic 1968 horror film, by the legendary late director George Romero, is where the omnipresent zombie craze all began. When a young woman named Barbara is attacked in a cemetery by zombies, she flees to an abandoned farm house. There she’s joined by a ragtag group of survivors who band together to wait out the apocalypse, with the occasional light descent into madness. The rest of the plotline plays out like The Big Chill, but instead of Glenn Close sobbing naked in the shower, they board up windows and occasionally get devoured alive. Shotguns! Molotov cocktails! Exploding cars! Headshots galore! “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” is guaranteed to be scarier than Brad Pitt’s beard in World War Z and funnier than the acting on The Walking Dead!
“Night of the Living Dead” is one of our most popular RiffTrax titles to date, and we’re excited to be able to bring it back to theaters for Halloween.” Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “Mike, Kevin and Bill always put on a hysterical night of entertainment, and this zombie cult classic doesn’t disappoint.”
“RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” was the 11th title event broadcast to movie theaters since Fathom Events and RiffTrax began their partnership in 2009.
***Editor’s Note: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett will be available for select interviews.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.,” concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series, inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Facing Darkness, and anime titles such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
RiffTrax is an entertainment company featuring the stars of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot), bring their funny running MST3K-type commentary to movies of all kind. From riffs on the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to the worst B-movies, RiffTrax has a library of over 500 titles available at RiffTrax.com and on digital platforms everywhere. RiffTrax has also produced five prime time television specials for the National Geographic Channel. RiffTrax releases a newly riffed movie, short film or TV program each week, and performs the RiffTrax Live comedy series four times a year where a movie is riffed live and simulcast into over 700 theaters across North America. Our brand-new RiffTrax app on iOS and Android magically syncs our Riffs to the biggest blockbuster movies like Star Wars, Twilight and Harry Potter. RiffTrax was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. To find out more about RiffTrax, visit www.rifftrax.com/aboutus.
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