Zombie Flick Comes “Home” for Screenings

The Orchard Theatre in Port Orchard won’t just be the site of a screening of the locally produced zombie flick "Carnival of the Damned ." It plays a part.

The film, written and directed by Chris Thompson under the umbrella of his Port Orchard-based production company In The Can Pictures , will screen at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 18 and again at 10 p.m. Oct. 31 — Halloween Night. How cool is that.

According to Stan Wankowski , one of the film’s producers, and star Raphael Giovanni Carlo , the Oct. 31 screening will feature a Zombie Costume Contest, and producers will be looking for extras to play zombies in a planned sequel.

The Orchard — formerly the Plaza Twin on Bay Street — was a location for several of the film’s scenes, according to Wankowski. It was acquired and renovated by the folks who run the Bainbridge Cinemas and Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island and the Olympic Cinemas in East Bremerton, and re-opened for bidness last fall.

"The opening scene was shot there, and another scene was shot upstairs," Wankowski said.

The film is described as an homage to 1970s grindhouse B Movies — the kind that also inspired filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. And Bremerton’s own Adrienne Baltz , who appeared in stage productions around Kitsap and earned a featured role in the Village Theatre’s "The Music Man," is the female lead — playing a plucky waitress who helps Carlo’s police detective dude save the world from The Zombie Menace.

Watch this CyberSpace — and the pages of Kitsap A&E and kitsapsun.com — for more about "Carnival of the Damned," which was released on Sept. 2.

It sounds like a Grade-A B-Movie popcorn-cruncher to me.

More later … — MM

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