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Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk

Trash Film Orgy returned to the Crest Theatre for the 12th season of its popular film festival on Saturday night.

The film festival began with the midnight showing of “Army of Darkness.” Each subsequent Saturday will feature other cult classics such as “Battle Royale,” “The Terminator,” “Flesh Gordon” (yes, “Flesh” not “Flash”), “Five Deadly Venoms,” and ends with the August 18 showing of “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.”

Trash Film Orgy Productions has organized the Zombie Walk and the midnight movie festival since 2001.

Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk

Coinciding with July’s Midtown Art Walk, several bloody Zombie Walk participants enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Second Saturday events.

The Zombie Walk continues to grow in popularity, and has attracted hundreds of participants over the past few years. This year the crowd appeared to have been the biggest walk to date. No official count was taken, but I would guess over 1,200 participants made the walk.

Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk

Fans were encouraged to apply makeup before assembling at Cheap Thrills, located at 1712 L St. Zombies gathered at 9:30 p.m., and the walk to the Crest Theater was scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m.

Kill the Precedent, a Sacramento metal band, played as the zombie gathering brought dead heads, draggers, crawlers and other stiffs together.

Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk with Kill the Precedent

KTP played an amazing set that temporarily brought the zombies back to life, as they grunted, shuffled, danced and bounced to the music. Several zombies even attempted to mosh.

A couple of makeup stations applied finishing touches for people that still needed bloody makeup. TFO and David Ainsworth, owner of Alchemy FX, helped to apply zombie makeup for people wanting to participate in the walk.

Alchemy FX makeup station

TFO organized the walk, giving instructions to the zombies. Zombies of all ages walked down L Street in droves and moved as directed by organizers. While following directions the zombies from time to time moved towards spectators who enjoyed their shenanigans.

Darin Wood gives instructions to zombies at the Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk

The Zombie Walk continued to 13th Street before making a left on K Street towards their final destination.

Zombie families attend the Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk

The parade ended at the Crest Theater, where remaining ticket sales for the opening night of Trash Film Orgy 2012 were crisp.

TFO is for an 18-and-over crowd.

As the Crest Theater doors opened to the public, informational tables for TFO, Running Dead Zombie Mud Run and Callson Manor promoted current and future events.

Callson Manor at the Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk

Games were also part of the festivities before the movie, and many guests participated. The Crest Lounge was also open for business, serving wine and beer for guests 21 and over. This gave zombies time to recover before any more walking or staggering was to be done.

Zombie dance at the Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk

As midnight came around most of the guys and ghouls moved inside the theater. The sold-out performance began with the Mighty Tiki making some opening remarks, telling jokes, making other announcements and encouraging audience participation.

The Mighty Tiki at the Trash Film Orgy Film Festival and Zombie Walk

A short skit was performed by TFO and got the audience riled up for “Army of Darkness.”

The audience soon became involved, chanting “trash, trash, trash” as the Trash Film Orgy’s featured film began.

 “Army of Darkness” fans soon began to cheer for Bruce Campbell’s character Ash (and Evil Ash) when he appeared onscreen. The 1993 film continues to entertain, and many in the audience had already memorized the movie dialogue, repeating meaningful (for the most part) lines as characters delivered them.

TFO Productions is a partnership between Darin Wood, Christy Savage and Amy Slockbower. TFO Productions has been working hard on their next future film, “Badass Monster Killer.” Funding for this feature is being acquired through various fundraisers, and the TFO Film Festival will help with its fundraising.

Next Saturday’s feature is the 2000 film “Battle Royale.” In this movie the Japanese government forces a group of ninth graders to kill each other. Thrilling, edge-of-your-seat plots like this are sure to be popular.

TFO encourages fans to attend wearing crazy and movie-themed costumes each night to enhance the experience. The TFO experience also includes stage shows and game booths for their TFO movies.

Help support the Sacramento-based motion picture production company by attending their fundraising events, as they include many fun activities for supporters. The TFO Film Festival runs from July 14 to August 18.

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