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Posted: May 8, 2014

Zombies & haunted houses: “Dead at the Drive-In” at Saco Drive-In this weekend

Written by: Wendy Almeida

Things are getting deadly in Saco this weekend. The Saco Drive-In is hosting “Dead at the Drive-In” on Friday and Saturday night. Two featured films, “The Hanover House” and “How to Kill a Zombie,” were originally slated to make their premiers at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival in March, but the festival was canceled after its co-founder and director was arrested. The Saco Drive-In stepped in to provide a new venue – and event – for both Maine-made films to make their world premier.

“We just wanted to make sure these producers had an opportunity to show their films after the LAFF issue. It would have been a shame to not premiere in the state in which they were produced in. To us (at the drive-in), it goes back to the local pride, as it always does,” said Ry Russell, general manager of the drive-in.

On Friday night the event will open with a series of short films before the main event. On Saturday the party gets started at 3 p.m. with live music. The films begin once the sun goes down.

Bonfire Films produced “The Hanover House,” set in a 1883 house in the western Maine mountains that is believed to be haunted. Former residents have experienced paranormal phenomenon and during filming, the crew reported floating orbs, “shadow people,” and a full body apparition.

“How to Kill a Zombie,” directed by Tiffany McLean, explores how to survive a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a father and son who have had little in common until their lives are at stake.

Both Maine-made films are expected to draw a crowd, based on early ticket sales Russell said. Tickets are $25 per carload.

Most of the short films have Maine connections and a couple with notable screenings at national film festivals. “Root of the Problem” made its debut at Tribeca and “The Muck” was an official selection in 2014 SXSW (South by Southwest) film festival.

“We are very excited to host this and we hope to make this an annual event,” Russell said.

“Dead at the Drive-In” Schedule

Friday, May 9
7:45 p.m. – “Counter Parts” (Maine Premiere)
8 p.m. – “The Muck” (Maine Premiere)
8:05 p.m. – “NATAL”
8:30 p.m. – “Disposaphobia” (World Premiere)
8:45 p.m. – Intermission
9:00 p.m. – “The Hanover House” (World Premiere)
10:15 p.m. – Intermission
10:30 p.m. – “How to Kill a Zombie” (World Premiere)

Saturday, May 10
3 p.m. Live Music begins with David Shaffer
3:25 p.m. – The Restless Atlantic
4:05 p.m. – Lord Earth
4:50 p.m. – Destination: Void
5:35 p.m. – Heart Shaped Rock
6:20 p.m. – Clubber Lang
7:35 p.m. – The films begin with “Say Goodbye” (World Premiere)
8:10 p.m. – “Root of the Problem” (Maine Premiere)
8:25 p.m. – “Buck Savage In: The City of the Damned”
8:40 p.m. – “Tongue Tied” (World Premiere)
8:45 p.m. – Intermission
9:00 p.m. – “How to Kill a Zombie”
10:30 p.m. – Intermission
10:45 p.m. – “The Hanover House”

It’s $25 per carload for each night. For more details go to

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