This event will be a heartfelt tribute to a man loved by so many fans around the world. Known as the Godfather of Modern Horror and the creator of the modern zombie, George A. Romero sadly passed away in July of last year. On Friday afternoon, a tribute ceremony remembering Mr. Romero with an unveiling of a bronze bust will be held in the mall. Designed and sculpted by Christian Stavrakis the bust depicts Mr. Romero from 1978, the year of DAWN OF THE DEAD and is being crowd funded by fans. The bust dedication ceremony is open to the public and the bust will remain a permanent memorial in the mall.
The entire event staff has a deep love and appreciation for the film’s of Mr. Romero. Pittsburgh born Kevin Kriess created the Living Dead Museum and the subsequent Living Dead Weekend festivals to celebrate Pittsburgh’s role in creating the modern horror film and more specifically the zombie monster archetype that is so prominent in popular culture. Noted film historian, Lawrence DeVincentz travels from the Charlotte, NC area to host the Film Location Tours. Fan and historian, Amanda Rejman who moved to Pittsburgh from upstate New York because of her love for DAWN OF THE DEAD produces this and other special events for the museum. Lifelong DAWN OF THE DEAD fan, Darren Sargeant serves as the media producer and does most of his work from his home in the United Kingdom but visits for the event.
The Living Dead Weekend: Monroeville is being held in the major filming location of the movie DAWN OF THE DEAD, the Monroeville Mall. Entire sections of the historic shopping mall including a courtyard and multiple storefronts have been converted into a massive convention floor space to host the event. For the 40th Anniversary, 40 Celebrity Guests from the film will attend, one to signify each year. Those include lead actors Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, and Scott Reiniger along with Tom Savini, Christine Romero, Richard France, John Amplas, and many more including Executive Producer of TV’s THE WALKING DEAD, Greg Nicotero. All 40+ celebrities will be signing autographs, hosting Q&A panels and participating in photo sessions with fans. There are guided Film Location Tours being held throughout the weekend with detailed walks through the mall including exclusive behind the scenes access and reenactments. Official DAWN OF THE DEAD products, event exclusive merchandise, horror crafts, spooky décor and collectibles will be available from a host of vendors from around the country.
“The Monroeville Mall holds a special place in the hearts and minds of “Dawn of the Dead” fans across the world”, says, Jim Krut, actor from DAWN OF THE DEAD. “This 40th anniversary reunion of Dawn – at the mall – is so much more than a typical convention. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To meet the actors from their favorite film, and have photo ops in the actual filming locations is incredible! As one of the actors, I see the excitement in the fans, and in their interaction with the actors. And fans also get to meet the people behind the cameras – 40 years after the film’s release! That’s fantastic!”
Everyone of all ages is invited to celebrate all things zombie, the works of George A. Romero, and especially the 40th Anniversary of DAWN OF THE DEAD, where it all happened, Monroeville, PA. Visitors from all around the world are expected. Daily admission starts at $20 a person with discounts for weekend passes. Children under 10 are admitted for free with a ticketed adult. Some individual events have additional ticket costs. Additional details can be found at the website www.TheLivingDeadWeekend.com
About The Living Dead Museum
Serving as the tourist info center for town of Evans City, PA, location of the original film, George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the museum houses both a museum and gift shop celebrating Zombies in Pop-Culture. The themed attraction takes fans through a visual history of zombies in cinema and pop-culture. Displays of props and memorabilia are woven into a presentation featuring interactive experiences, and zombie gift shopping. For more information, visit www.livingdeadmuseum.com and www.TheLivingDeadWeekend.com .
About Monroeville Mall
Owned and managed by Chattanooga-based CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., Monroeville Mall is a super-regional, two-level shopping center featuring Crazy 8, Christopher & Banks, Hollister Co., The Children’s Place, Rue 21 and White House | Black Market. Recent additions to Monroeville Mall include H&M, Cinemark Theatre, Gift-ology, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Soma, and Teavana. Monroeville Mall also features an 80,000 square-foot lifestyle streetscape expansion called “The District” featuring Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Jos. A. Bank, ULTA Cosmetics, Chico’s, and SAGA Japanese Steak House.