The zombies that plagued Ponoka last spring are returning for the first public viewing of local director CJ Hutchinson’s Masked Manic vs. the Zombies.
Both Masked Manic vs. the Zombies and G. Hunter’s Seven Little Deaths—Hunter acted in Hutchinson’s film and vice versa—are both being shown as a double feature at Ponoka’s Capitol Theatre on Dec. 21 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Hutchinson had hoped to have his film ready by this fall but the project took more time than first anticipated. “It took a while to edit, a lot longer than we thought it would.”
“The best films are years in the making,” said Hutchinson, and Masked Manic vs. the Zombies — at approximately 90 minutes — is a larger project than he’s used to.
Hutchinson says the best film festivals for him are in the fall and he’s decided to push the public release of his film back until then. “This is the only big exposure we’ll have before it goes to film festivals.”
“Next fall, we’ll hit as many big festivals as we can,” he added. Between now and then, the film may see a few smaller festivals and one larger one in Oklahoma, but Hutchison is saving most of his gusto for prime zombie-viewing season.
Before the festivals Hutchinson feels he may tweak the film a bit more.
Curious members of the public are welcome to see the double feature at the free showing. Seats will be reserved for cast and crew and then it’s first come -first serve.
“We remind people, like the Grindhouse movies of old, these films carry an 18A rating and we will not be allowing anyone under the age of 18, ID may be required to attend (due to) nudity gore, mature themes and language,” said Hutchinson.
“We’re not allowing kids in any way shape or form,” he stressed.
Prizes will be given out after the films, including posters, a few DVD copies and other promotional products. Seven Little Deaths will show first with Masked Manic vs. the Zombies to wrap up the evening.