November 19, 2007
This Thanksgiving, MONSTERS HD cordially invites you to cozy up to a gaggle of zombies – and we don’t mean your musty relatives!
This November 22, while indulging in a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, watch as the undead feast on brains with the THANKSGIVING DAY OF THE DEAD MARATHON! MONSTERS HD, the first and only high-definition network dedicated to horror and creature features, gives thanks to George Romero – the man responsible for putting zombies on the monster map with his classic, Night of the Living Dead – with this lurching, munching hi-def film fest. Running all Thanksgiving day from 6:45AM–12:15PM ET, the marathon features ten of the greatest undead horror classics ever committed to celluloid. Pass the brains!
Running all Thanksgiving day from 6:45AM–12:15PM ET
DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) 6:45AM ET/3:45 AM PT/5:45 AM C In this Romero-directed installment, zombies have taken over the country, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker/government lab. As they race to find a “cure,” disturbing facts are revealed, pitting soldiers against scientists and, of course, zombies. Preceded by Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, and succeeded by Land of the Dead, Romero cites this film as his personal favorite.
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985) 8:30AM ET/5:30AM PT/7:30AM C When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate, and they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food – brains! They’re back…they’re hungry…and they’re NOT vegetarian!
RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART 3/DIRECTOR’S CUT (1993) 10AM ET/7AM PT/9AM C As Colonel Reynolds (Kent McCord) and a group of government scientists work on re-animating the dead for military use with zombie gas 2-4-5 Trioxin, his son Curt (J. Trevor Edmond) and his girlfriend Julie (Melinda Clarke) sneak in to watch. Upon being discovered, the couple speeds off on a motorcycle and crashes, killing Julie. Pining for his love, Curt uses the gas on his expired girlfriend, who suddenly develops a taste for human flesh in this sequel directed by Brian Yuzna (Beyond Re-Animator).
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) 11:45AM ET/8:45AM PT/10:45AM C What do you get when you cross midget aliens, brain-eating slugs and killer zombies with a world weary detective and nubile sorority girls? You get this “B”-movie classic from cult horror film director Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad).
DEAD ALIVE (1992) 1:15PM ET/10:15AM PT/12:15PM C Before he captured multiple Oscars® for his Lord of the Rings trilogy, Kiwi director Peter Jackson turned the horror genre on its head with this outrageous, blackly comedic and excessively gory film. Lionel (Timothy Balme), a mama’s boy, has the honor of looking after his overbearing mother. After he falls in love with a local, his mother attempts to sabotage the relationship, but is unwittingly bitten by a mysterious Sumatran rat monkey, causing her death. It’s not long, however, before she rises from the grave as an infection-spreading zombie and it’s up to Lionel to single-handedly save his town.
THE EVIL DEAD (1981) 3PM ET/12PM PT/2PM C Highly regarded as one of the best independent horror films of all time, Sam Raimi’s classic follows five friends (including the ever-present Bruce Campbell), as they trek to a remote cabin in the woods. When they unwittingly unleash the powerful magic enclosed in the “Necronomicon”, a decaying old book full of occult incantations, a malevolent evil is brought to life, turning most of the cast into hideous killer zombies!
TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1971) 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT/3:30PM C In the 13th century, there existed a legion of evil, blood-drinking knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life. Executed for their unholy deeds, the Templar’s bodies were left out for the crows. Turn to modern day Portugal, where a group of friends stumble on a deserted, crumbling monastery, and accidentally revive the Templars’ blind, rotting corpses to terrorize the land in this first film in director Amando de Ossorio’s Blind Dead series.
RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD (1973) 6PM ET/3PM PT/5PM C The sequel to Tombs of the Blind Dead, begins with a retelling of the legend of the Templar knights, which sets the scene for the town of Berzano’s 500th year celebration of the Templars defeat. While preparations are underway, the undead, once again, begin to re-animate to enact their evil revenge on the unsuspecting citizens!
GHOST SHIP OF THE BLIND DEAD (1974) 7:30PM ET/ 4:30PM PT/6:30PM C The Templar knights are back, but this time the undead have taken to the high seas in this third, terrifying installment in the Blind Dead series. After reporting a mysterious ghost ship, a group of models disappear at sea. Years later, after learning that the same ghost ship has been seen along the meridian, a search party discovers that the ship is inhabited by the blood-drinking Templars.
THE UNDEAD (2003) A MONSTERS HD PREMIERE @ 9PM ET/6PM PT/8PM C After losing her bucolic farm in Queensland, local beauty Rene (Felicity Mason) decides to leave town and head for the big city. However, before she departs, the town of Berkeley, bringing an otherworldly infection which raises the dead. Trapped in a zombie nightmare, she meets up with four other desperate survivors and, together, they battle through a plague of walking dead, only to discover there is much more transpiring than a simple infection.
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