Illustration: Paramount Pictures

As dusk falls the early glow of streetlights illumines the shadows of N. Hamilton Street. Below the brief radiance of the electric torches, a horde of lurching forms moves steadily forward. Their stiff, outstretched arms and blank, expressionless faces belie the hungry moans involuntarily emitted from gaping mouths. The re-animated dead drag their bodies steadily towards the corner of Ames in Old Saginaw City. Is the zombie apocalypse finally upon us? Should we crack open our official copies of the Zombie Survival Guide?

No--don't worry. These ghouls devour movies, not brains!

There are still three months until Halloween, but attendees will be boasting the season's zombie finery on Sunday July 19, 2009 at the Lawn Chair Film Festival. The movie selection for the evening, Shaun of the Dead, is a romantic comedy directed by Edgar Wright, which focuses on a group of friends who encounter a zombie invasion.

In recent months, references to zombies in such popular books as World War Z and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies have re-popularized the reanimated dead. Some Facebook users have even been finding old "zombie" friends popping up unexpectedly with friend requests.

Admission to the event, which begins at sunset, is free. Pre-show entertainment by Log Jam is planned and a costume contest will earn some lucky zombie a $100. Competition could be fierce though; organizers anticipate a decent turnout of undead enthusiasts at the event. An audience of more than 2,500 took part in last year's showing of Horton Hears a Who.

Future movie showings, including Ghost Town and this year's Oscar Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire are planned every Sunday through late August. All movies are sponsored by local businesses and supporters located in and around Old Saginaw City. For more information, visit or contact the event's organizers at

© Adrienne Lewis, 2009