It's Halloween. You and your crew find yourselves at a cheesy haunted house. You casually walk through, laughing at the over-the-top acting and store-bought decorations, when all of the sudden, a zombie jumps out and attacks one of the actors. Naturally, you think it is part of the show--a great twist! But when people start dying, your worst fears are realized: this is actually happening.
Fans of the popular Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse horror attraction will recognize the plot of the new horror short of the same name from the mystery theme "?" attraction that debuted last fall. Since the announcement of the film, fans have waited patiently for the release, and on Sunday, March 30, the wait was finally over. "Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse" premiered as part of The Other Worlds Shorts block at the Atlanta Film Festival as part of a 10-day celebration of the moving image.
While all of the films in the block were extremely well-done, "Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse" was the obvious fan favorite. Friends, family, and fans cheered when an actor they recognized appeared. Several Easter eggs with a local flair also made their way into the film, like the "Loss Cat" shirt worn by one of the actresses.
"Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse" is an homage to '80s horror movies and haunted attractions alike. The story development and pace of the 40-minute short are spot-on, and the special effects make-up is top-notch. It's hard to ask for more, except that the film one day be made into a feature-length film.
Due to its popularity, "Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse," as well as the others in the block, will receive an encore presentation as part of the xfinity OnDemand and Encore Day on Sunday, April 6 at 6:45 p.m. at 7 Stages. Tickets can be purchased online while they last.
For more information, visit the official website for the Atlanta Film Festival. You can also like the "Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse" film on Facebook, and check out the horror attraction Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, returning this October.