You can stop screaming now. The rumors are true. George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead makes its first-ever appearance at the Nevermore Film Festival. This has been the #1 most-requested film for the past fourteen years. Mr. Romero is screening alongside nine new features at this year’s festival, including Don Coscarelli’s highly-anticipated John Dies at the End. (Bit of trivia: Mr. Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep sold-out the 1,000-seat Fletcher Hall in 2002 and still holds the record for the single highest-attended screening in the festival’s history.) There’s also four shorts programs, more than any other Nevermore.
Every film is viewed and voted-upon by the seven-member jury. It’s a process that starts back in October and runs through early January. This year’s edition includes films from a dozen countries, including Austria, Israel, and Switzerland; places not traditionally known for producing creepy genre movies. We received more submissions—especially international submissions—than any previous year. And just like last year, we’re inviting you to pick the Audience Awards. There are five categories:
Lastly, I’d like to thank the members of the committee, especially its chair, Stacey Weger, who—like those flesh-starved zombies in Romero’s opus—rise up from the festival graveyard each year and devote hours upon hours of their personal time to program the best festival possible.
All my best,