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'RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead' brings original zombie classic to cinemas in time for Halloween

by jmaloni

Press release

Wed, Sep 4th 2013 02:35 pm
`They're coming for you, Barbara.` (photo courtesy of 'RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead')
"They're coming for you, Barbara." (photo courtesy of 'RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead')
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The "RiffTrax Live" cinema series has been racking in the "LOLs" and "ROTFLs" with its celebrated comedic treatment of films since 2009. This fall, the stars of RiffTrax - Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking "Mystery Science Theater 3000") - are back for a hilarious, never-before-seen take on the George Romero zombie movie "Night of the Living Dead." Movie theater audiences will witness shambling zombies (and lead actors alike) meeting their end via razor-sharp mockery, as NCM Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN present "RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead" on Thursday, Oct. 24, live at 8 p.m. ET.

Tickets for "RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead" are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be broadcast to more than 600 select movie theaters across the country through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

"Halloween is a time to celebrate the simple things: neighbor kids begging at your door, cleaning splattered eggs off your car window and, of course, laughing along with the classic zombie movie that kick-started the genre. We're thrilled to be riffing along with a great print of this much-loved film!" said Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning "Mystery Science Theater 3000."

A classic horror film, 1968's "Night of the Living Dead" began the ubiquitous zombie craze. The movie begins when Barbara and her brother, Johnny, travel to the countryside to visit their father's gravestone. In the cemetery, Johnny is murdered by a peculiar man, and Barbara must flee to an abandoned farmhouse. Also hiding from the zombies in the house is Ben, who boards up the doors and windows. After listening to the radio and learning that a satellite returning from space has reanimated the dead, Ben and Barbara discover five additional survivors hidden in the basement. Harry - one of the ragtag band of survivors - disagrees with Ben's leadership, and the tension between the two men intensifies. As the group waits out the apocalypse, an increasing throng of living dead besieges the house.

"An evening at the movie theater with 'RiffTrax Live' is always a hilarious and fun experience," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. "Seeing the guys fire their wisecracking commentary at 'Night of the Living Dead' on the big screen is a must-see for everyone's Halloween to-do list."

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