Under their skin

Ya know, coming home at 1 a.m. covered in latex is a lot less sexy than it sounds.

Let’s give that last sentence some context shall we. Myself, along with the rest of SC4’s own Zombie Defense Council, were invited to make pretend to be zombies for the premier of “Mimesis” at the Blue Water Film Festival.

Acaia Sherman, left, from the Paul Mitchell School, applies zombie base to Zombie Defense Council member, and ESG Production Editor, Zach Penzien. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

Acaia Sherman, left, from the Paul Mitchell School, applies zombie base to Zombie Defense Council member, and ESG Production Editor, Zach Penzien. Photo Credit: Twana Pinskey

The night started off at 5:30, when I was lead back, and then under, stage of the McMorran theater for blood and makeup. The basement/ makeup room was filled with ZDC faces old and new. Even Cody Kimball, former webmaster of the Erie Square Gazette and founder of the ZDC, came up from Kalamazoo to sing show tune and become zombiefied for the evening.

After getting our faces on, we headed north, as in upstairs, to the lobby, where the group was split to inside and outside. Inside zombies were ushers, outside zombies mingled with the crowd.

We stumbled and shambled around outside entertaining and, in a few instances, scaring the crowd, some of which had been there all day.

Advisor to the ZDC, Bob Kroll, was over taken by the hoard on a few occasions. The hour and a half we shambled around the lobby and line was a flurry of photos until people started to move in to the lobby, for the stars of “Mimesis” had began to show up and the screening begun.

It’s not this articles place to tell you about the flick, but I will say I really liked it. In a world where zombies are used and over used in all formats of media, this is a fresh and interesting take with a cool twist.

Then came the payoff, as if the movie wasn’t enough, the volunteers were allowed to go through the autograph line, which included Sid Haig! Before the doors opened!

Haig and the rest of the cast were just as cool as the night’s events. Haig was very low key and an all around fantastic dude. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many zombies with their jaws on the floor as I had that night.

We got a group photo with Haig, which I’m sure will go straight to the ZDC hall of fame.

As I walked back to my car, I remember feeling like I had just walked in the door back at 5:30, except I was more excited, even more than going to concerts and midnight screenings. I think having the cast and director in the room as the film flickers across the screen creates a different atmosphere in the dark theater.

Showing your art, even if you are a thousand percent confident with it, is scarier than anything you can put on film. I hope that the cast enjoyed sharing what they had made with us. I know that theater full of horror and film fans enjoyed it.

Zack Penzien

Production editor

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