Blog / Halloween & Arts Calendar: 10/23 through 10/26/08


By Libby Lynn

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Welcome to Part 1 of the Nasher Blog’s guide to Creepy Creativity in the Triangle Area!

Thursday, October 23rd

Sweeney Todd at Duke: 10/23 through 11/2 – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street jumps over the low brick wall for 8 bloody shows at the Reynolds Industries Theater in the Bryan Center on the Duke Campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for seniors and students (time to dust off that old college ID or bust out your photoshop skills). Schedule times vary and matinees are included, so check the website for further details. Info on parking and directions is here.

Habitat’s Haunted Hospital Fundraiser – 7:30 to 11pm at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Habitat for Humanity is teaming up with the Durham Jaycees to scare the cash money right out of your wallet! It’s for a good cause, so come cough up your spare change and pee your pants at the same time. Plus, if you donate a tape measure, you get $2 off the $7 ticket price. More info is available at Durham’s Habitat for Humanity.

If you can’t make it out Thursday night, the Haunted Hospital is open nightly from 7:30-11pm through November 1st, and the scare tactics are kid-friendly. Check their calendar for more discount opportunities (my favorite: the $2 discount for “large size hygiene product for men or women” on 10/25).

Saturday, October 25th

Raleigh Zombie Walk 2008Dress in your finest undead duds and join the walking stiffs at Moore Square between 6 and 6:15pm. The zombies start stumbling in search of brains and/or beer at sundown, which is scheduled for 6:26pm. Don’t be late! More info at the NC Zombie Walk.

ZOMBIECON at the Chapel Hill Sheraton Hotel: 10am to 5pmA twisted treat for horror fans and gore geeks in the area! Hang out with some of North Carolina’s most diabolical authors, directors, artists and ghost chasers (including Jason Griscom, Kristy Tallman, Phoenix Mangus and Theresa Bane) at Chapel Hill’s first horror convention. There will be contests (Best Horror Tattoo), cash prizes for kids and adults with the coolest costume or zombie makeover (winners get a hundred bucks!), Brain Jello wrestling, Horror collectibles that span from anime and comic books to toys and costumes, and a bona fide Casting Call Contest for an upcoming independent NC horror movie.

KILLURIDE Film Festival: 7PM to Midnight – When the sun goes down at ZOMBIECON, the real freaks come out. Most folks don’t know that our quaint state is a hotspot for amateur zombie movies like The Sick and the Dead and Fistful of Brains. KILLURIDE features the year’s best and worst indy zombie, horror and gore movies made in North Carolina. Check out the line-up and complete schedule at the official ZOMBIECON myspace page. Admission is $5, and includes ZOMBIECON, KILLURIDE and tons of BRAAAINS. Also, send more cops.

Sunday, October 26th

Raleigh’s Colony Theater Presents Fistful of Brains – 9:30PM to Infinity. This is a MUST-NOT-MISS for all low-fi horror fans. Director Christine Parker and the entire cast will host a Q&A session after the western zombie gore madness. I’ve had the horrifying opportunity to work with Christine Parker and The Adrenaline Group on some of their past zombie gems (including The Forever Dead and Second Death), and Fistful is infinitely more disturbing than anything Parker has created thus far. Catch the movie’s trailer on Youtube for more incentive. Admission is $5 (cash only). Check the Colony Theater for more details.

Check back next week for Part 2 of the Nasher Blog’s guide to Creepy Creativity in the Triangle Area!

(P.S. – Don’t forget about the comments. Your tips on creepy and creative events from 10/27 through 11/2 can be posted here!)

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