Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Zombies On My Birthday

Angry Young Menís NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD puppet show on March 19th at the Marian Center

By Russ Bickerstaff
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Local puppet group Angry Young Men, Ltd. had the rather ingenious idea of making a Night of the Living Dead Puppet Show a few years back. Every now and then when the opportunity arises, the group returns to a stage somewhere to perform the show again.

Over the years, the classic 1968 George A, Romero horror film has grossed over $18 million on an estimated production budget of $114,000. Yes, it was extremely low-budget, but some of the decisions made in making the film helped to solidly establish one of the great classics of horror cinema. Due to a strange loophole in copyright law when the film came out, the rights to the film had fallen into public domain. Itís now freely available online a number of different places.

The lack of copyright also allowed Angry Yonug Men the opportunity to work out a surprisingly faithful comic adaptation of the horror classic with head and torso puppets. Itís a staggeringly fun show that occasionally makes it to the stage. The latest appearance of those charming zombie puppets with candy-filled piŮataheads happens to fall on a date thatís always had significance for me: March 19th at the Marian Center for Non-Profits. The show starts at 7:30pm.

For those interested in seeing the film in its entirety, here it is in glorious blogovision:

Also: Angry Young Men somewhat recently did a strange internet video featuring zombie puppets. Hereís some idea of what you might expect with the show. This particular short rides the razorís edge between extremely sophisticated and appallingly juvenileóremarkably clever and remarkably stupid. Itís actually quite a good example of the types of moods Angry Young Men plays with in Night of the Living Dead . . .

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