Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Casting call for zombies in Sarasota

There's a need for zombies in Sarasota this weekend. As many as possible.

A flyer came across my desk today about a Scream Queen Pictures flick being filmed in the area called "Dead End," by Last Gasp and Blam! Ventures.

The part that got my attention wasn't the "show up in generic clothing" request, but the "better yet" part — "dress up in '80s style clothing (leg warmers, sweat bands, Miami Vice pastel colors, etc.)."

I called the film's contact, Missy Mulloy, for the scoop. Those interested in being an extra should show up at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday (Feb. 2-3) at 1507 Mango Ave., off 12th Street in Sarasota. Extras will be put in zombie makeup, receive lunch and have their name in the movie credits. The gig pays a $1.

Mulloy said the movie, which has a fall '08 target release on iTunes only, is "ultra low budget" but is being filmed by a professional crew from New York who occasionally dabbles in the comic book industry.

The plot features four kids hanging out on the beach who run out of beer and try to find more at a warehouse. They meet up with a woman played by Linnea Quigley, a star from "The Return of the Living Dead," who tells them all about a zombie invasion from the past that happened there. Enter zombies out of nowhere. Now the group is stuck in the warehouse with the decision of either staying until they run out of food or trying to make a run for it.

So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, hang out with the film crew in your '80s garb and be a zombie. This is not something to do with the little ones, but everyone from teenagers (who have parents' permission) and older are invited to be a part of horror in making. Mulloy said the more the merrier!

For more information, call Mulloy at 321-4435. — January Holmes

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