15 June 2010

Fright Tourism and Evans City PA

The opening scene, after the credits, in the Night of the Living Dead, was filmed in the cemetery in Evans City, PA. Next time you are in the area (north of Pittsburgh), stop on by and pay your respect. This video clip shows some of the key grave stones used in the flick.

Fright tourism, a term we coined in a paper published by the USDA-FS and found at this link
http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/9597 illustrates the tourist behavior when one seeks a frightful (and playful) experience. Finding this grave yard was a sort of pilgrimage to one of the greatest horror films of all time The Night of the Living Dead (1968) and directed by George Romero. I have the video, DVD and a 16 mm print of this film.

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