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DAWN OF THE DEAD at Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In (10/28)

"What are they doing? Why do they come here?" "Some kind of instinct, memory of what they used to do. This was an important place in their lives."
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Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In Presents


with Preacher With An Unknown God

Romero's masterpiece about cannibal zombies plaguing the world is set in a US shopping center, redefining the zombie so as to infect consumer identity. The popular perception of mindless consumers as zombie is owed strictly to Dawn of the Dead (1979), and extends far beyond the film's genre, demographics and era. This film - itself a commodity - has earned a place in the American imagination by undermining that very imagination's dependence on commodity culture. Dawn of the Dead locates the postmodern zombie historically in popular culture, creating a film that is a satire of what Romero calls 'the false security of consumer society'. The film itself becomes a commodity itself (one appropriated by the very consumer culture Romero sought to subvert), and is a master tale spawning 'rip-offs' and hybrids, and articulating all the while the parallels between Dawn's postmodern zombie and the North American consumer.

Or in other words, the dead walk the earth, the days of the living are numbered, and we are scared shitless. Rico is hosting.

With Preacher With An Unknown God. On the sermons and exploits of Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping as they celebrate the Odd in God, protest California's Big Boxes, and face the Republican National Convention. Directed by Rob VanAlkemade. For a preview go to

PLUS thrilling and funny short films, an intermission, great company, and a rollicking bike ride after the movie.

Friday October 28th, 8:00pm
Railroad Tracks at Fair Ave, Santa Cruz

BRING lawn chairs, blankets, pillows, friends, wine, & food to share for intermission. Bring your bike for Midnight Mystery Ride after the movie. Donations are greatly appreciated and directly support the project and the Revolutionary Garden Society who sponsors Guerilla Drive-In.

MIDNIGHT MYSTERY RIDE: After the movies, the Santa Cruz Midnight Mystery Ride will take you and your friends on a rollicking after-hours tour of the bike ways and back streets of our fair city. Leaving after the Guerilla Drive-In we’ll head downtown to pick up more folks at the Poet and Patriot bar. Where are we going? It’s a mystery! Only the leader for that week knows. The ride is 3-5 miles long and always ends with an after-hours party in nature, so bring a snack to share and pack your trash. keep an eye out for special info from ride leaders at There is a ride every other week, after the Guerilla Bike-In, always leaving from the Poet and Patriot around midnight.

SANTA CRUZ GUERILLA DRIVE-IN is an outdoor movie theatre under the stars that springs up unexpectedly in the fields and industrial wastelands. Beyond showing great movies and bringing a broad community together, part of our mission is helping reclaim public space and transforming our urban environment into the joyful playground it should be.

SUBURBAN WASTELAND LOCATION: S on Hwy 17 to Hwy 1, Hwy 1 north to Mission St, L on Fair Ave after Feral Donuts, walk a short way along the RR tracks to the right.

BREAKING NEWS, updated summer schedule, discussion, do-it-yourself, email list, the works (and a new fancy URL):

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Extra points if you show up as a zombie and bring your zombie friends.


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