May 26, 2023

Gimme Some Sugar, Baby

Zombiefest IX: Night One
Army Of Darkness
Mahoning Drive-In Theater - Lehighton, PA
The preview night for Zombiefest IX had a little bit of everything.  Before the show, we got to kick back and relax for a few hours with our new friends (Kate, Mike, Susan, and Anthony), listened to some good music, and got to see an impromptu short film followed by a marriage proposal from the couple in the car that was parked next to us.

The poster and t-shirt for this weekend were available from the Exhumed Films table, and although it was a busy night on the lot, it's going to be an absolute madhouse over the next three days, so I hit them up before the chaos.  The design is from artist Jason Cortez, and although I'm limiting myself to just a few t-shirts this season, this is one that I couldn't pass up.

Another thing I couldn't resist (although I probably should have) is a Zombiefest commemorative cup filled with zombie juice.  Don't get me wrong, the cup is very cool and the juice was good, but the last thing I need right now is more sugar.

After seeing the trailer on Tuesday night, my wife mentioned to me that she had never seen Army Of Darkness before.  I couldn't believe my ears, because this is exactly the kind of movie that she typically loves, and I could have sworn that I showed it to her at some point over the past 20 years.  It all worked out though, because she got to see it for the first time the way it was meant to be seen - projected onto a giant screen from an original 35mm print - and she laughed her ass off the entire time.

I saw this movie for the first time on VHS with a group of friends when I was a teenager.  If I'm remembering correctly, we rented Army Of Darkness, The Pest and Grosse Pointe Blank from Blockbuster that night.  Why is it that I can't remember something that happened last week, but I can remember three movies that we rented on a random weekend 26 years ago?  At any rate, I enjoyed The Pest, and I either fell asleep or was too intoxicated to pay attention before Grosse Pointe Blank hit the VCR (in fact, I still haven't seen it yet), but I fell in love with Army Of Darkness that night.  It's still my favorite Evil Dead movie, and one that I never got to see on the big screen until last night.