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Today in Soap Opera History (February 17)

1982: Gh's Luke ran into his old friend, Johnny.

1983: Knots Landings' Ciji was found dead.

1987: Ryan's Hope's Max Dubujak fell to his "death".

1998: Aw's Shane Roberts died following a car crash."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1953: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) told her father-in-law, Papa Bauer (Theo Goetz
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[Yuletide Terrors] Day 23: Silent Night, Zombie Night

Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.

Ten shopping days before Christmas, and people are being attacked by zombies, but we better not use the zed word because no one else does. Two cops roll up on some deadheads and one tries to gnaw on Jackson’s (Andy Hopper) foot. Thankfully his partner Frank Talbot (Jack Forcinito, not Lon Chaney) shoots his toe off and kills the zombie. Hustle back to Jackson’s second floor apartment and Frank’s wife, Sarah (Nadine Stenovitch) is there fighting off more zombies.
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Silent Night, Zombie Night: Trailer, Cover Art and Release Information

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Silent Night, Zombie Night will be making its way to Blu-ray and DVD on October 4th, and we’ve been given a new trailer, cover art, and a list of bonus features.

Written and directed by Sean Cain, Silent Night, Zombie Night stars Jack Forcinito, Andy Hopper, Nadine Stenovitch, Lew Temple, Vernon Wells, and Felissa Rose: “A week before Christmas a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife and longtime partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot finds himself trapped with them. As death closes in their survival is further threatened by the fact that both men love the same woman.”

Bonus Features Include:

-Commentary with Sean Cain, Wes Laurie, and Jim Wright

-A Blooper Reel

-Deleted Scenes

-Trailers

-Easter Egg with footage of Vernon Wells

Director Sean Cain let us know that
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Silent Night, Zombie Night Sets a Release Date; First Look at the Box Art and New Trailer

At long last, director Sean Cain’s zombie flick Silent Night, Zombie Night is finally crawling from the grave and onto home entertainment this October 4th via Pacific Entertainment Corporation, just in time for the encroaching holiday season, and we’ve got a first look at the box art, a new trailer and disc specs. Read on!

Written, produced and directed by Sean Cain (Naked Beneath the Water, Breath of Hate), Silent Night, Zombie Night stars Jack Forcinito, Andy Hopper, Nadine Stenovitch, Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects), Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior) and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), and chronicles a viral outbreak the week before Christmas that turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife and longtime partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot (Forcinito) finds himself trapped with them. As death closes in, their survival
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Today in Soap Opera History

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1920: Future actress Barbara Berjer, known for her memorable roles on soaps including Bridget on Another World, Barbara on Guiding Light and Claire on As The World Turns, was born. She died on October 20, 2002.

1984: Nancy wanted to do a story on Geraldine on The Edge Of Night (watch it below).

1990: The character of Carly Manning debuted on Days Of Our Lives. Watch her first scene here.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Timothy Busfield (ex-Danny, The West Wing; ex-Elliot, Thirtysomething) - 54

Jenilee Harrison (ex-Jamie, Dallas) - 52

John Enos III (ex-Newscaster, Days Of Our Lives; ex-Bobby, The Young And The Restless; ex-Bobby, Melrose Place) - 49

Nadine Stenovitch (ex-Josie, Another World)

Frances O'Connor (ex-Zoe, Cashmere Mafia) - 44

Michael Muhney (Adam, The Young And The Restless) - 36

Dave Franco (ex-Zachary, Privileged; ex-Gonzo, Greek) - 26
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Interview with actor Andy Hopper (Silent Night, Zombie Night)

I just finished screening this movie entitled Silent Night, Zombie Night from director Sean Cain. The film co-starred legendary scream queen diva Felissa Rose along with Jack Forcinito, Andy Hopper, Nadine Stenovitch, Lew Temple, Vernon Wells, Sara Tomko, Luke Y. Thompson, Ricardo Gray, John Karyus, Domiziano Arcangeli and Tim Muskatell. Silent Night Zombie Night takes place a week before Christmas, as a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the feral undead. On the brink of breaking up with both his wife and partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot finds himself trapped in a apartment with them. As death closes in, they try not only to survive, but work around the fact both men love the same woman. One thing kept popping up in my mind as I watched the film, the three leads of this film definitely have the presence, the charisma, the acting chops,
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Silent Night, Zombie Night and Blood Spray: A Movie Review

Director/writer: Sean Cain.

Sean Cain has been interviewed here regarding this project, and Silent Night, Zombie Night is heavy on the dramatic, light on the action and character driven (interview here). In other words, Sean Cain is so comfortable with this genre that he manages to add some soap opera elements to a post-apocalyptic world. How is that for confidence?

Silent Night, Zombie Night gets the ball rolling fairly quickly, with a random zombie attack in a quiet driveway. The blood flows, the baseball bats fly, toes get shot off and then the viewer is put right smack in the middle of a three way love story involving characters Frank (Jack Forcinito), Sarah (Nadine Stenovitch) and Nash (Andy Hooper). Silent Night, Zombie Night is only partially a horror film and mostly a drama.

This hat goes off to Jeff Leroy the special effects supervisor on this project, as the
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Vegas will have a Silent Night, Zombie Night

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Vegas will have a Silent Night, Zombie Night
Sin City is suddenly becoming a genre town. The Blacklist Film Festival brought their indie flavor to Las Vegas; Live Evil hit the Sci-Fi Center; and the Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors took over The Palms.

Now William Powell’s comic shop and grindhouse theater hosts the Las Vegas premiere of Sean Cain’s Silent Night, Zombie Night (which we last covered here). The event, celebrating independent cinema, Christmas and zombies all in one night, takes place December 5 at 8 p.m. and costs $5.

Cain, who Fangoria calls a “Indie Horror Specialist,” will be on hand for a Q&A and autograph signing session after the film, as will producer Wes Laurie, and co-stars Chris Gabriel (”One Long Day,” “Devotion,” “S4″), Chad Clinton Freeman ("Killer Biker Chicks"), Luke Y. Thompson (”Wicked Lake,” “Mad Cowgirl”) and Sean Decker ("Alluvial"). Dread Central's Heather Wixson, aka The Horror Chick, will be hosting the event.

The
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Silent Night Zombie Night Kills Christmas

Looks like the crew over at Velvet Hammer Films are close to a premiere for "Silent Night, Zombie Night," with the first teaser available for zombie horror film fans. Set during Christmas time the film, appropriately, will see a late 2009 release date. Involving a three-way love story and streets of blood this low budget film offers more than the typical zombie film. Check out the first trailer below and an excerpt from a previous interview with director Sean Cain.

A synopsis for "Silent Night, Zombie Night," below...

A week before Christmas a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the feral undead. On the brink of breaking up with both his wife and partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot finds himself trapped in a apartment with them. As death closes in they try not only to survive, but work around the fact both men love the
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Exclusive Silent Night, Zombie Night Pics; Director Speaks!

Don’t let the title Silent Night, Zombie Night fool you. While writer/director Sean Cain is clearly paying homage to the campy 80s slasher flick Silent Night, Deadly Night, there’s nothing campy about his latest film.

“Snzn is really the story of three people who emotionally fall apart and come together during a zombie pandemic,” explained Cain. “So while yes, the movie is about zombies, it’s really about these three people dealing with their own issues during a horrific ordeal.”

Taking place a week before Christmas, Snzn is about a viral outbreak that’s unleashed, turning La citizens into the feral undead. While facing the devastating effects of the outbreak, Lapd officer Frank Talbot (Jack Forcinito) is also faced with the decision of whether or not to leave both his wife Sarah (Nadine Stenovitch) and his partner Nash (Andy Hopper).

Other Snzn cast members include genre favorites
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Fango has a Silent Night, Zombie Night

It’s early December 2008 and in the a.m. when Fango arrives on the set of writer/director/producer Sean Cain’s Silent Night, Zombie Night. And while there isn’t, at first, much to distinguish this seldom-traveled area of North Hollywood, CA from similar areas of the San Fernando Valley, a certain house on the corner—and its copiously blood-splattered facade—let this scribe know he’s in the right place.

A Velvet Hammer Films production, Silent Night, Zombie Night is shooting day six of a scheduled 12 days, and Fango’s on hand not only to document the carnage being unleashed on the mixed-use
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