Film: AMC Loews 22 Screens Horror Flicks

This month, the theater is turning its Wednesday-night retro film series over to the spooky stuff.


How do you like your horror? It’s a relevant question this month at AMC Loews Waterfront 22 [300 W. Waterfront Drive, West Homestead; 412/462-6550], as the theater is turning its Wednesday-night retro film series over to the spooky stuff. Zombie aficionado? Kick off your October with the original “Night of the Living Dead” showing on Oct. 1; members of the cast and crew will be in attendance. Film buff? The silent classic “Nosferatu,” perhaps the most influential horror film made, screens on Oct. 8. Prefer the classics? “The Exorcist,” which was the first horror film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, will be shown on Oct. 15. After some laughs? Catch Mel Brooks’ timeless “Young Frankenstein” on Oct. 22. And if (like me) you got your horror education with VHS copies of ’80s slasher flicks, you’ll have a chance to catch the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street” on Oct. 29. All screenings start at 7:30 p.m.; general admission tickets are $5. — SC


After ambling through the streets of Pittsburgh for eight years, Zombie Fest will swarm the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Oct. 11. What started in 2006 as a costumed “zombie walk” through South Side has grown in popularity and toured the city in the process, eating brains in Market Square, Lawrenceville and the West End.

The reasons for going indoors are purely practical, according to organizer Mark Menold, who for nearly a decade has hosted the Saturday-night horror flick program “It’s Alive” on WBGN. First, Zombie Fest never has been rained out, and Menold says he is grateful for the statistical anomaly but unwilling to press his luck. Second, the event, which historically has been limited to corpse fashion, now will include “survivors.” That means reckoning with the fake crossbows and handguns associated with zombie-hunter costumes. “Having this event outdoors at a park doesn’t really work with that because you have to check everyone’s weapon to make sure it’s a toy,” Menold says.

Moving the noon-to-10 p.m. event into the convention center means revelers this year must forgo buckets of fake blood (the newer, cheaper brands are prone to indelible staining, Menold says). But the change better accommodates vendors and contests and even allows for a zombie dance party at the end of the night. Menold suspects an undead dance party will be a lively one: “Once you get into that zombie makeup and you’re a dead person, you got that I’ve-got-nothing-to-lose kind of freedom.”

The new venue creates some upfront additional costs, and the once-free event this year will charge a $12 admittance fee. As always, the event doubles as a food drive, having collected some 14,000 pounds of food for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank over the years. Anyone who brings a nonperishable donation can knock two bucks off admission. — EL


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