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Norman Arts Council closes out a season of Movies in the Park on Friday with a free screening of 1964’s “The Last Man on Earth,” in which a terribly lonely Vincent Price battles the undead.
I couldn’t tell from the postcard we got in the office, but the locally shot film Bad to the Jones is a zombie comedy. The trailer below makes that completely clear.
If the undead makes your attention come alive, boy, are you in luck! Marlon Ladd’s Bad to the Jones screens at 8 p.m. tomorrow, May 3, at Cinemark Tinseltown, 6001 Martin Luther King, with arrivals at 7 p.m. Should be fun, but there’s one hitch: Tickets must be ordered at badtothejones.com, as you can’t get them at the theater. Click away for a tale of two brothers and a city under siege! —Rod Lott
R&R: I was surprised at how kid-friendly it actually is. Other than the character being named Witch Bitch and some minor gore, I could let my 7-year-old watch this. And believe me, he really wanted to, but since I hadn’t yet seen it, I couldn’t find any info online at how appropriate it was.
Cook: We wanted to make it accessible to everyone, even people who weren't huge fans of wrestling and monsters. We just wanted to make a fun movie.
R&R: And you may be too close to it to answer this, but are you pleased with it?
Cook: Absolutely, looking back a year or two after, we could've done things here and there, but with the money with had and such a small crew, I think we pulled off something really special. The budget wasn't much more than a documentary film would have. If there were ever a sequel, it'd be nice to have a bigger budget, but that's something down the road.
R&R: How possible is that?
Cook: I think it's very possible. There's been talks of a remake. We've had discussions about that with a few companies. If that weren't to happen, we'd definitely explore trying to do a sequel or turning it into some kind of franchise.
R&R: If you do have a sequel, what monsters might be in it? Or were they any you had to cut that you’d want to bring into another one?
Cook: We definitely wanted to do a yeti and a sasquatch as a tag team. We wanted to do a Royal Rumble with some zombies against some trolls. We had a list, but logistically and practically, some we could not afford to do with our special-effects budget, so the monsters we did select, we wanted to appease fans of the classic monsters and toss in a couple of ones that would kind of mimic wrestling archetypes.
Like, Swamp Gut is the essential obese wrestler, like King Kong Bundy. Witch Bitch, we wanted to have a couple of female wrestlers in there. We had a list of several mythological monsters, but Cyclops is the only one off that list we chose. But yeah, there's a long list of possibilities. And obviously, in a sequel, you could bring monsters back to life. —Rod Lott
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While The Walking Dead’s new season is still a month away, the undead already have invaded Bigfoot Creative, 315 E. Main in Norman, in the form of an art exhibition. Zombie Skins: Salon de la Vie Morte features eerie images from a mix of artists who, unlike their subject, still have their guts intact. The exhibition runs through Oct. 8. Admission is free. Call 420-0119 or visit ahalenia.com/zombie.
We know when and where the zombie invasion will occur: from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Brass Bell Studios, 2500 N.W. 33rd. That’s when Zombies Are People Too goes down — an art show featuring local photographer Anna Lee’s conceptual merging of decomposing corpses with high fashion. Admission is free. Call 361-3481 or visit zombies-are-people-too.com.