Originally Published: October 4, 2013 6:04 a.m.
PRESCOTT - A triple feature of fright awaits intrepid souls who venture into the historic Elks Opera House Saturday.
The 3rd annual Fright Night at the Elks features the new local zombie comedy film "Dead Votes Society," three live comics lobbing wisecracks at "Plan 9 from Outer Space," and the classic "Night of the Living Dead."
The theme continues with a special surprise involving plenty of real-life zombies, said Andrew Johnson-Schmit, this year's Fright Night organizer who also wrote and directed "Dead Votes Society."
The curtain rises at 7 p.m. on the historic theater's 24x18-foot screen. Tickets are $10 at the Elks Opera House box office, by calling 777-1370, or online at elksoperahouse.com.
Dead Votes Society was filmed entirely in Prescott featuring Prescott-area actors. It premiered this summer to 600 eager audience members and drew plenty of laughs, Johnson-Schmit said.
"It's got a lot of Prescott humor and Arizona humor," he added.
When the residents of Crest Top find out that the zombie apocalypse isn't as bad as they expected, people try to settle back into their old routines. But then the zombies decide they want to vote.
The comedy was shot on the steps of the Yavapai County courthouse, the Smoki Museum and the old armory.
It stars Judy Stahl, Tiffany Antone, Parker Anderson, Joanne Mack Robertson, Jody Drake, Kevin Goss, Cason Murphy and Sean Jeralds.
Theatergoers can buy Dead Votes Society t-shirts and posters at Saturday's showing, and cast members will sign them.
Dead Votes Society is turning out to be popular on the state's film fest circuit, showing next at the Tucson TerrorFest Oct. 18.
Also at Fright Night, Johnson-Schmit will join fellow comics Kevin Rose and Cynthia Kitts Sobo in making fun of "Plan 9 from Outer Space," in the style of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Ed Woods directed this 1959 science fiction thriller known as the "best bad movie ever made." It stars Bela Lugosi and Tor the Retired Wrestler.
"Night of the Living Dead" barely needs an introduction. It kick started the zombie genre of horror films in 1968, Johnson-Schmit noted.
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