The PA/NJ Horror Club meet monthly in the back of a comic book store in Bensalem, PA (Capes and Cowls, to be precise). Local horror host Rob Dimension oversees the group of passionate fans and low budget filmmakers who seem to have no pretensions when it comes to their genre of choice. Meetings are comprised of the viewing of an independent horror feature alongside additional shorts and time is always reserved for VHS/DVD trading as well as group discussions.
I attended the October installment of the PA/NJ HC and actually found it to be rather fun. We watched a couple of shorts, one of which was shot in the Night of the Living Dead cemetery by a local director who was on hand to answer questions, but had to leave early to attend the Asbury Park Zombie Walk. The topic of the day was “How to survive a zombie apocalypse” and was led by a friendly steampunk survivalist who obviously spends a great deal of time preparing for the unlikely. “I’d roll with six guys…we have a house with only two entrances…my friend already has all the gear in his garage to barricade the place.” He and his five medievalist friends are all trained in hand-to-hand combat with “short wave radios and firearms” at the ready, though he is “fairly sure” that a zombie attack is unlikely to actually occur. The feature film of the day was a Canadian faux documentary called Long Pigs (2007) that owes a major debt to Man Bites Dog and somehow received distribution at Walmarts nationwide (a surprise considering that it teaches you how to “tie off an anus”).
So all in all a fun time. Rob is obviously quite passionate about promoting independent horror films and I can see the club quickly growing in numbers as the months go by. Join in, it’s really your only chance to talk about fast vs. slow moving zombies in a group setting outside of your local horror convention.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.