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Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival 2017 Announces Full Lineup, Including Spookers and Night Creep

  • DailyDead
What goes into the making of a family-owned haunted attraction? You can find out this fall when the documentary Spookers makes its Us premiere at the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, which will also host the world theatrical premiere of Night Creep, a movie filmed in 2002 that co-stars the late, great Don Calfa (The Return of the Living Dead).

Press Release: Philadelphia, Pa, September 6th, 2017, Set to haunt the Proscenium Theater at the Drake in Center City Philadelphia from Thursday, September 28th, to Sunday, October 1st, the second annual edition of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (“Puff”) is excited to announce the latest and final additions to their 2017 line-up. In addition to such acclaimed genre fare as “Tragedy Girls,” “Terrifier,” and “Ruin Me,” as well as the World Premiere of the highly-anticipated “100 Acres of Hell,” Puff is proud to add two extremely unique films to their roster, including a shot-on-video horror
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Unreleased 2002 Film ‘Night Creep’ Closing Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival

Unreleased 2002 Film ‘Night Creep’ Closing Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival
The film was one of the last the late Don Calfa (Return of the Living Dead) acted in. Set to haunt the Proscenium Theater at the Drake in Center City Philadelphia from Thursday, September 28th, to Sunday, October 1st, the second annual edition of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (“Puff”) has just announced the latest […]
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 10 – Star Trek Vinyl, Quiltface Studios, Zombie Plants, Video Nasties Apparel & More!

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Welcome back for Day 10 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For our tenth Gift Guide of the year, we’ll be showing off some spectacular artwork from Quiltface Studios, Shout Select’s recent Bill & Ted box set, horror apparel for the kids, zombie plants, Star Trek on vinyl, and a whole lot more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of Duddy
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Don Calfa, Character Actor Known for ‘Return of the Living Dead,’ Dies at 76

Don Calfa, Character Actor Known for ‘Return of the Living Dead,’ Dies at 76
Don Calfa, who played the role of the Ernie Kaltenbrunner the mortician in “The Return of the Living Dead,” has died. He was 76.

Calfa’s death comes just two days before what would have been his 77th birthday on Dec. 3. The actor’s death was confirmed on his Facebook page. “Don passed away today – please keep him and his family in your prayers Rip,” the post said.

Calfa was born in Brooklyn, New York, and began his acting career when he was in high school, dropping out to join the Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Before acting in films, he started out working in theater, appearing in multiple Broadway productions including “Mating Dance” in 1965.

Calfa was best known for his role in the 1985 cult classic “The Return of the Living Dead,” in which he played the anomalous mortician Ernie. In 1989, Calfa portrayed Paulie the Hitman in the
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Don Calfa Has Passed Away

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Some very sad news is circulating today, as it's been reported that Don Calfa has passed away at the age of 76.

Multiple sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, reveal that Calfa passed away at his residence in Yucca Valley, California.

For many horror fans, Calfa will forever be known as Ernie, the mortician who helped his friend Burt and a group of young punks take on an army of zombies in Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead. In addition to his indelible dialogue, Calfa's believable role as Ernie grounded the film in reality—his reactions to the dead coming to life mirrored how many might have reacted in a similarly bizarre (and frightening) situation.

A go-to character actor, Calfa's film credits also included roles in The Postman Always Rings Twice, Weekend at Bernie's, Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, and Martin Scorsese's New York, New York, and he also
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Don Calfa Dies: ‘Return Of The Living Dead’ Actor Was 76

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Don Calfa Dies: ‘Return Of The Living Dead’ Actor Was 76
Don Calfa, who played Ernie the embalmer in 1985’s The Return of the Living Dead, has died at age 76, Deadline confirmed. The actor, whose credits also include Weekend at Bernie's, Nickelodeon, Bugsy and New York, New York, died at his home in Yucca Valley, California. The death, two days before his December 3 birthday, was confirmed to Deadline by his publicist Michael Perez. Other credits include Foul Play, The Rose and 1941. Calfa, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens…
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Newswire: R.I.P. Don Calfa, character actor and star of Return Of The Living Dead

  • The AV Club
Don Calfa, perhaps best known for his role as mortician Ernie Kaltenbrunner in 1985’s Return Of The Living Dead, has died. The news was made public on the actor’s Facebook page. He was 76.

According to his biography, the Brooklyn-born Calfa intended to pursue a career in fine arts before deciding on acting. After seeing Rebel Without A Cause, Calfa dropped out of high school to study at Irwin Piscotor’s The Dramatic Workshop. His first credited role is that of “Priest” in Robert Downey, Sr.’s No More Excuses in 1968. Calfa cut his teeth throughout the ‘70s, guest starring on Baretta, Kojak, The Streets Of San Francisco, and Barney Miller. “I have one record to my name,” Calfa revealed in a 2008 interview with Cult Radio A Go Go. “I did more guest appearances on Barney Miller than anyone. Never a recurring character, but a different ...
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Don Calfa, the Mortician in 'The Return of the Living Dead,' Dies at 76

Don Calfa, the Mortician in 'The Return of the Living Dead,' Dies at 76
Don Calfa, a top-notch character actor who portrayed the embalmer Ernie Kaltenbrunner in the 1985 cult horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead, has died. He was 76.

Calfa died Thursday — two days before his birthday — at his home in Yucca Valley, Calif., actor-producer Mark Terry (Live Evil, Brother's Blood) told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Brooklyn, Calfa also portrayed Paulie, the hitman who murders Hamptons rich guy Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser) by giving him a heroin overdose, in the classic comedy Weekend at Bernie's (1989).

Calfa...
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Don Calfa, the Mortician in 'The Return of the Living Dead,' Dies at 76

Don Calfa, a top-notch character actor who portrayed the embalmer Ernie Kaltenbrunner in the 1985 cult horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead, has died. He was 76.

Calfa died Thursday — two days before his birthday — at his home in Yucca Valley, Calif., actor-producer Mark Terry (Live Evil, Brother's Blood) told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Brooklyn, Calfa also portrayed Paulie, the hitman who murders Hamptons rich guy Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser) by giving him a heroin overdose, in the classic comedy Weekend at Bernie's (1989).

Calfa...
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October Horrors Day 23 – Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Return of the Living Dead, 1985.

Directed by Dan O’Bannon.

Starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Thom Mathews.

Synopsis:

A mismatched group of chemical plant workers, punks and a mortuary worker find the living dead knocking at their doors in ever increasing numbers following the accidental release of a mysterious toxin that has not only brought the dead back to life, but also left them hungry for the brains of the living.

Now as you can probably guess from all the previous films featuring the living dead, I have a special affinity for zombies. In fact, at the risk of sounding like a hipster type, I liked zombies before it became cool.

But thank you nonetheless to The Walking Dead for helping to make this slightly niche horror sub-genre a lot more popular than it frankly deserves. Perhaps now you might consider ending soon – seven seasons of zombies
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Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk with Me & The Missing Pieces

David Lynch and Mark Frost's 1990 TV series looks better than ever, while the 1992 feature prequel digs deeper in Laura Palmer's unpleasant final days without as many rewards. CBS's 9-disc retrospective is a setup for the highly awaited series continuation -- delayed by 25 years. Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk with Me & The Missing Pieces Blu-ray CBS / Paramount 1990 & 1992 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame & 1:78 widescreen / 25 hours + 134 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 72,99 Starring (series) Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Warren Frost, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Joan Chen, Piper Laurie, Kimmy Robertson, Eric Da Re, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse,Russ Tamblyn, Kenneth Welsh, Wendy Robie, Miguel Ferrer, David Lynch, Heather Graham, Dan O'Herlihy, Billy Zane, James Booth, Michael Parks, Lenny von Dohlen, Hank Worden, David Duchovny, Walter Olkewicz, Jane Greer, David L. Lander,
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Comic-Con 2016 Interview: Thom Mathews & John Philbin Reflect on The Return Of The Living Dead

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The upcoming 30th anniversary of Tarman and his voracious appetite for brains was recently celebrated by Scream Factory in their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of The Return of the Living Dead. While the special Blu-ray was featured at San Diego Comic-Con, I had the honor of sitting down with cast members Thom Mathews and John Philbin to look back at the making of the beloved movie, including their experiences working with Dan O’Bannon, the extensive rehearsal period, visits to the set by George Clooney and Eric Stoltz, and much more.

When you guys were making this movie, did you have any idea that it would go on to have this kind of legacy and dedicated fanbase?

John Philbin: We were just happy to get a job because there was a strike and it was hot and it was the summer. All the people liked Dan O’Bannon,
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Contest: Win The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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Dan O’Bannon’s quotable, creepy, and downright fun 1985 horror comedy, The Return of the Living Dead, comes out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on July 19th from Scream Factory, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Return of the Living Dead Collector’s Edition.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Return of the Living Dead Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on July 22nd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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“On his first day on the job at a medical supply warehouse, poor Freddy
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The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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If you’re hungry for a zombie horror comedy with brains, then you’ll want to put watching Scream Factory’s new home media release of The Return of the Living Dead at the top of your summer to-do list. Hitting shelves on July 19th, the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is teased in high-def clips and a trailer that will make you want to revisit the party and surprising pathos of Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 film.

“On his first day on the job at a medical supply warehouse, poor Freddy (Thom Mathews) unwittingly releases toxic gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas reanimates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger… for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!

Bonus Features

Disc 1:

New
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Blu-ray Review: The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition

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It’s hard to believe that the same year George A. Romero released Day of the Dead, the ultra-gory, ultra-bleak conclusion of the trilogy he began with Night of the Living Dead in 1968, writer/director Dan O’Bannon was spinning Romero’s original classic into a totally new direction with The Return of the Living Dead. Whereas Romero’s film is dark and sober, Return is pure punk rock anarchy—a horror comedy that successfully manages to be equal parts horror and comedy while introducing one of the most significant elements into the zombie mythos since Romero first made them flesh-eaters 17 years earlier.

The film’s ingenious premise—which was “meta” before being meta was really a thing—is that the events of the original Night of the Living Dead really did take place and were covered up, with the zombies locked into airtight drums and left in the basement of a medical supply facility.
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New Audio Commentary Announced for The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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Scream Factory already gave The Return of the Living Dead fans plenty of reasons to party with their extensive special features list for the upcoming Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the film, but now they have added one more reason to celebrate with the announcement of a new audio commentary for the release.

Scream Factory revealed on Facebook that a new audio commentary with actors Thom Mathews, John Philbin and make-up effects artist Tony Gardner will be included on the The Return of the Living Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray (and also the sold-out Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray).

With new insights from the actors who played Freddy and Chuck, respectively, as well as one of the artists who helped bring the film’s zombies to living dead life, the additional audio commentary should be a special treat for fans when the Blu-ray hits shelves on July 19th. Below, we have
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The Return Of The Living Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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Since it was announced at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, The Return of the Living Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray has been eagerly awaited by fans looking to party with Dan O’Bannon’s unique brand of zombies. Scream Factory is now making those fans happy with their official July release details for the two-disc Blu-ray that contains more than twelve hours of bonus features, comes with new cover art, and is available in two separate editions:

Press Release: Writer/director Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Lifeforce) puts an uproarious spin on the zombie apocalypse movie in 1985’s cult classic The Return Of The Living Dead, starring Clu Gulager (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), James Karen (Mulholland Drive) and Don Calfa (Weekend at Bernie’s). Considered one of the campiest undead romps of its time, the film helped launch the career of scream queen Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons,
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Interview with Linnea Quigley, star of ‘Return of the Living Dead’ and ‘Night of the Demons’

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Linnea Quigley is a prolific actress with over a hundred credited film and television appearances including the likes of Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons, Graduation Day, Savage Streets, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, and Silent Night, Deadly Night. Ms. Quigley, who was kind enough to sit down for an interview with Sound on Sight, is currently working on several projects at the moment and will appear at screenings of both Night of the Demons and Return of the Living Dead in the Chicagoland area at the end of August.

Acting is a dream job for many people in the world and it is an extremely competitive field. When and how were you able to break into the business?

Well I didn’t think that I had any chance, because I came from Iowa and I was very very very very very shy and it
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Details on Next Week’s ‘Return of the Living Dead’ Reunion

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We thought Daily Dead readers might be interested in The Return of the Living Dead reunion that’s taking place next week, as it will be the last convention appearance for a certain cast member. The reunion will take place at Days of the Dead in Chicago from November 15-17

There are dozens of horror guests, including the following actors from The Return of the Living Dead: James Karen, Clu Gulager, Don Calfa, Thom Matthews, John Philbin, Linnea Quigley, Jewel Shepard, Beverly Randolph, Allan Trautman, and Brian Peck. It was announced that this will be the last convention appearance ever for James Karen, so make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time if you’re interested in meeting up with him.

The convention will be taking place at the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg, Il. For more details, visit:

http://daysofthedead.net/chicago/

The post Details on Next Week’s
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Actor Don Calfa And Artist Graham Humphreys In Brum For Rotld Screening!

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Actor Don Calfa And Artist Graham Humphreys In Brum For Rotld Screening!
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Character actor Don Calfa's credits range from the chaotic theatricality of Robert Downey Sr.'s The Pound and Greaser's Palace to the more commercial yuks of Foul Play and Weekend At Bernie's, but he's perhaps best known as weirdo mortician Ernie Kaltenbrunner from Dan O'Bannon's 1985 Return Of The Living Dead. It's in honour of this iconic role that Calfa makes an appearance in Birmingham (UK) at The Custard Factory (home also to my favourite film festival, Flatpack) alongside poster artist Graham Humphreys, who created the UK campaigns for Rotld as well as The Evil Dead 1+2, Basketcase, Santa Sangre and many more (and who created the fantastic event poster pictured here!)

Details:

Saturday September 23, 2013

Custard Factory (Gibb St, Digbeth)

http://www.custardfactory.co.uk/

Admission: £20 (Gbp)

Tentative Schedule:

*4.00 pm Meet and greet

*4.30 pm Q&A with Christian Sellers and Gary Smart writers of 'The Complete History of the
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