Celebrate George Romero's Living Dead Legacy at ScareHouse, one of America's Scariest Haunted Houses. The new Pittsburgh Zombies attraction brings you face to face with hordes of the walking dead! Open select dates from 9/14 through 11/3. Tickets, hours, and more details at scarehouse.com
This Halloween season Downtown Pittsburgh welcomes Zombie Den: Bar of the Living Dead, a unique pop-up bar that marks the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” and the zombie pop culture it inspired.
To create Zombie Den, ScareHouse teamed up with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and The Original Oyster House, as well as restaurant experts Michael McCoy and Brian Laing.
The bar will open Oct. 3 in The Original Oyster House in Market Square. Patrons can take part in the apocalyptic experience from 7 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays through Sundays until Nov. 3.
– Leigh White, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Creep through a tribute to filmmaker George A. Romero as the glasshouse’s winding Serpentine Room is transformed into a Night of the Living Dead experience filled with spooky plants, bats, tombstones, a zombie photo op and photos of George with the legendary corpse flower at Phipps named in his honor.
A distinguished panel will convene to discuss their memories of George A. Romero, and his legacies for the cinema, the horror genre, the city of Pittsburgh, and the lives of his friends, family, and collaborators. Guests include Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Tina Romero, special effects artist, producer, and director Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow 2, Monkey Shines), actress Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead), actor Terry Alexander (Day of the Dead) actress Gaylen Ross (Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow), actor/director/composer John Harrison (Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Diary of the Dead), producer/sound engineer Gary Streiner (Night of the Living Dead), actor/producer Russell Streiner (Night of the Living Dead), director/sound recordist Tony Buba (Dawn of the Dead, Martin, Day of the Dead), and authors Daniel Kraus (The Living Dead – forthcoming, co-authored by Romero) and Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies).
Admission is Free!
Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center & the Carnegie Museum of Art.
For parking and directions: https://pittsburghlectures.org/plan-your-visit/parking-directions/
The REI Zombie Run returns to Schenley Park this Fall. Volunteers are needed to come out Friday night with their best zombie apparel and attitude to give runners a scare and chase! We will have our make-up expert on site to assist you with your zombie look. Volunteers will receive REI swag and join us at the Post Race Party with BEER from Grist House Brewery. Kick off Halloween weekend with REI and have fun giving our competitors a run for their life!
Mmmm…BRAINS!!! Lose your mind at Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Haunted Museum… After Dark: Year of the Zombie! Watch brain dissection and learn about the nutritional value of brains. Come dressed in costume ready to explore the real-life zombies of the natural world. Take part in our adult trick-or-treat by traveling around the museum and searching for spooky good prizes. Watch the 1968 classic zombie flick Night of the Living Dead on our big screen. Loosen up those stiff joints to music provided by Pittsburgh Vibes Unlimited and meet local experts in all things creepy!
Tickets $15 ($13.50 for Members)
Think you know zombies? Think again. Join the History Center for a night . . . of the living dead. Dive into Pittsburgh’s zombie connections, hear all about the Smithsonian’s work to collect zombie history, meet icons of the local zombie film tradition, grab a zombie cocktail, and walk away with a (fake) zombie bite.
Join Knights of the Arcade for a special undead adventure. They're coming to get you, Barbarian! Knights is a live Dungeons & Dragons game played on stage by comedians, improvisers, and tried-and-true geeks. Every month, they embark on an epic quest built entirely from audience suggestions.
Have you ever seen one zombie put another into a Full Nelson? Hopefully no one will lose their head during the craziest undead wrestling you can imagine. With two back-to-back matches at the top of every hour, patrons can root for their favorite blood-thirsty brain-eaters as they face off. Presented in partnership with RYSE Wrestling.
Also, join in the final Saturday Night Market of the season featuring handmade and artisan products. The Pittsburgh City Paper Stage will feature a DJ spinning monster hits live from the crypt.
Free standing room
Limited VIP seats under the tent – buy tickets here
Watch Rick Sebak’s rarely seen special, George Romero & the City of the Living Dead on WQED TV! Sponsored by WQED.
Point Park University will be hosting its second annual Halloween event, The Decomposium, Wednesday, October 31st, from 2:00-5:00 at Point Park’s Center for Media Innovation (305 Wood St., Pittsburgh). The event will showcase scholarly and performative presentations from students, faculty, and staff, and will be keynoted by Steve Tolin of Tolin FX who will discuss his career as a special effects/makeup artist, including his work on George A. Romero’s Deadtime Stories. Tolin’s presentation will kick off the event at 2:00.
Tolin FX is proud to be a part of Pittsburgh’s citywide celebration of the life and work of our local hero, legendary and visionary filmmaker George A. Romero.
For our part, Tolin FX is going to throw a Halloween block party at Tolin FX in honor of the horror icon, in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood. Our Halloween party will start with candy for the trick or treaters at 6pm on October 31st, 2018.
Trick or Treat lasts until 8pm, and ends with a Halloween parade down Broadway in Beechview. So at 8pm Tolin FX will have a float of horrors drawn by our 20′ box truck, riding down Broadway at the same time as the Food Trucks start serving food on Coast Ave and After Dark Activities commence. They will include 6 bouts of professional wrestling, fire jugglers, magicians, music, food, drink, and lots of other cool Halloween activities.
The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival will screen three international horror films in the spirit of George A. Romero in McConomy Auditorium at his alma mater, CMU! $5 for seniors/students and $10 general.
Explore the science of the dead at Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ Night Romero Lives with interactive demonstrations and ghoulish activities. Enjoy cash bars, live music, and free reign in four floors of exhibits. For a special treat, check out Creepshow playing in The Rangos Giant Cinema.
It's a film competition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead! With the 2017 passing of this legendary independent filmmaker, Pittsburgh is celebrating his legacy with a month-long collection of screenings and fun events in October 2018 (more info at www.romerolives.org.) ROMERO of TOMORROW SHORT HORROR FILM Contest is one of the kickoff events, with a screening of the best submissions at the Melwood Screening Room.
A Black Tie Evening to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is returning to the place where it all began, with a new 4K state-of-the-art restoration, created by the Museum of Modern Art from the original camera negative. This restoration was supervised by George himself. Though it started as a low-budget horror flick, made far outside the Hollywood system, “Night of the Living Dead” is now considered one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and is credited as the beginning of the modern horror movie genre. There will be a live presentation by the Cast and Crew before the screening. The re-premiere is presented by the George A. Romero Foundation and Image Ten.
7:00 PM Doors Open with Red Carpet. Show starts at 8:00 PM, film screens at 9:30 PM.
To purchase tickets, please visit: https://trustarts.org/production/61128/night-of-the-living-dead
Black Tie attire suggested. Film run time is 1 hour 36 minutes.
Sponsorship opportunities for this event are available! Click here to learn more!
The Symposium will feature conversations about the work of Romero and his immense impact on the horror genre, on the cinema, and on popular culture. This symposium will examine Romero’s achievements in a series of panel discussions featuring distinguished filmmakers and scholars in conversation with each other, and with the audience. Panelists include the Guggenheim award-winning film and video artist Peggy Ahwesh, screenwriter and director Adam Simon (The American Nightmare, Salem [WGN, 2013-2017], and scholars Tom Gunning (University of Chicago, recipient of the Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and author of such books as The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity), Joan Hawkins (Indiana University, author of Cutting Edge: Art-Horror and the Horrific Avant Garde), and Isabel Cristina Pinedo (Hunter College, author of Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing). The symposium will also include a screening of Simon’s documentary The American Nightmare (2000), an exploration of the radical horror cinema of the 1970s. (10AM-5pm),
Admission is FREE!
Part of The Legacies of George A. Romero: Genre, Politics, and Independent Film series
A world-building summit and writer’s retreat in the Zombie Capital of the World hosted by Amazon Top 100 Horror Authors, Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn. Join them on October 6-7, as the city that gave birth to the modern zombie genre comes alive with a party commemorating 50 years of the Living Dead.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the film classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in the place it was filmed with the people who made it. A weekend long town festival and reunion of fans and the creators, from the lead actors to your favorite ghouls, to the people behind the scenes. Tours, Panels, Photo Ops, & Parties!
In conjunction with the Romero Lives: Pittsburgh Celebrates George A. Romero city-wide tribute, we present a screening of George A. Romero’s Season of the Witch. Following the screening, filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh, (b. 1954), a prolific filmmaker and video artist based in New York, will discuss her practice and the influence and legacy of George A. Romero with the University of Pittsburgh’s Ben Ogrodnik. This event is organized by Jessica Beck, Adam Lowenstein, and Ben Ogrodnik.
Co-presented with the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center.
The event is free but guests are encouraged to Register.
Presented by the Montréal Monstrum Society
Following the critical retrospective published in this year’s inaugural issue of MONSTRUM, the journal’s editors, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare and Kristopher Woofter will discuss the career of George A. Romero through a survey of his sixteen feature films. With reference to clips from films such as Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, Martin, Knightriders, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead, this presentation honours a visionary who changed the face of horror. And, perhaps more importantly, it hopes to encourage further interest in the challenging work of an important American filmmaker whose acute political vision was transmitted through the transgressive power of monsters to reveal uncomfortable truths about our world.
Admission is FREE!
A part of the series: 'The Legacies of George A. Romero: Genre, Politics, and Independent Film"
Romero Lives!, all the way across the globe in Sydney, Australia! Tune in online & send producer Iain Wilson your Romero-related music requests during the Halloween Listening Party.
Iain designed this year’s Listening Party to tie in with celebrations currently taking place in Pittsburgh to honor Romero's legacy. Iain will be replaying his 2017 Romero documentary, and spinning music from his films.
October 1 – 15, 2018 at 9 p.m. EST ‘Pittsburgh time’
Join us at 10:30am on Monday, October 1 for the opening press conference to honor George A. Romero’s legacy and the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Night of the Living Dead. Mayor Peduto and the Romero Lives! partnering organizations will be in attendance.
Everyone is welcome to attend!
Sixth Street, in front of the Byham Theater
(Sixth Street, between Penn Ave. & Ft. Duquesne, will be closed to traffic)
No More Room in Hell: A Half-Century of Undead Media: Pitt Film & Media Studies Graduate Student Conference
Two-day conference featuring graduate work from around the country. Includes a screening of international short films inspired by Romero’s work (September 28 evening) and a keynote address delivered by Sarah Juliet Lauro (September 29 evening), editor of Zombie Theory.
For the complete program, visit: http://www.fsgso.pitt.edu/conference/undead/program