A Ghoulish Night of Baseball
Source: Bay Area Film Events
Bay Area Film Events, Creatures at Large, and The San Francisco Giants present Creature Features Night at AT&T Park on Saturday August 29, 2009!
During the 1970s and 1980s, KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland, California had a ratings-busting duo as they featured both the San Francisco Giants and CREATURE FEATURES. Now, both Bay Area legends are reuniting for one fright-filled night of baseball, zombies, and fun!
The batty evening begins with the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies as they continue this season’s battle for the Wild Card. Between innings, classic clips from CREATURE FEATURES will be shown featuring both Bob Wilkins and John Stanley.
After the game, fans can make their way onto the playing field for a special showing of the iconic horror film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on the HD scoreboard screen.
Also on the field will be our very special guests: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD star actress Judith O’Dea, and CREATURE FEATURES host John Stanley. Both Judith and John will be signing autographs and selling merchandise from both NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and CREATURE FEATURES.
Other guests and creatures will be roaming around the field… so you never know who you might dig up…
Everyone buying a special CREATURE FEATURES ticket will get a free San Francisco Giants/Creature Features commemorative t-shirt and have access to the on-field festivities, including special prize giveaways courtesy of Bump in the Night Productions.
Four dollars from every ticket will go to Alzheimer’s research in memory of original CREATURE FEATURES host Bob Wilkins.
From January 1971 through September 1984, CREATURE FEATURES ranked in the Nielsen ratings as one of the most popular TV shows in San Francisco Bay Area television history. Broadcast on KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland, California, the Saturday night series was hosted by former TV advertising writer Bob Wilkins for eight years, followed by San Francisco Chronicle entertainment writer John Stanley who kept the series alive for another six. To those who grew up watching with family members and friends, the mixture of host commentary and classic (and not-so-classic) horror movies remains a nostalgic memory. Wilkins’ wit and unusually droll personality and Stanley’s celebrity interviews and satiric mini-movies all added up to a tremendous ratings success.
A Night of Total Terror!
The evening’s main cinematic feature is the classic horror film that ushered in an all-new era of ghastly gore! George Romero’s original and never equaled, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, a movie that premiered on CREATURE FEATURES, was shown uncut there for the first time on broadcast television.
Chaos descends upon the world as the brains of the recently deceased become inexplicably reanimated, causing the dead to rise and feed on human flesh. Speculation rests on a radiation-covered NASA satellite returning from Venus. Anyone who dies during the crisis of causes unrelated to brain trauma will return as a flesh-eating zombie, including anyone who has been bitten by a zombie. The only way to destroy the zombies is to destroy the brain. As the catastrophe unfolds, a young woman visiting her father’s grave takes refuge in a nearby farmhouse, where she is met by a man who protects her and barricades them inside. They both later discover people hiding in the basement, and they each attempt to cope with the situation. Their only hope rests on getting some gasoline from a nearby pump into a truck that is running on empty, but this requires braving the hordes of ravenous walking corpses outside. When they finally put their plans into action, panic and personal tensions only add to the terror as they try to survive!
Judith O’Dea is best known for her role as Barbara in the George Romero film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. In addition to her signature role, O’Dea has appeared in the television movie THE PIRATE and the films CLAUSTROPHOBIA, EVIL DEEDS, and OCTOBER MOON. She also appeared in NOVEMBER SON, THE OCEAN, and WOMEN’S STUDIES. O’Dea owns and operates O’Dea Communications, a firm which deals in oral communications training. As Company President and Founder, Judith O’Dea specializes in the art of helping people organize and deliver powerful persuasive presentations for on-camera, business or informal situations. In addition to O’Dea Communications and her many theatrical endeavors, Judith has also found time to write two screenplays and produce an audiocassette series of her own short stories entitled “Ah, Women!”
For six years (1979-84) John Stanley hosted the highly rated CREATURE FEATURES in the San Francisco-Bay Area TV market, introducing science fiction and horror movies to a midnight audience, and interviewing the leading actors, producers and directors of the time. He also spent 33 years as an entertainment writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, specializing in interviewing TV and movie stars. He has written 13 books, including six editions of The Creature Features Movie Guide series. His novels include World War II and Bogart/’48. He edited and published Them Ornery Mitchum Boys by John Mitchum. He is a noted Elder hostel instructor (specializing in movies, TV and music) and he constructed crossword puzzles for TV Guide publications for eight years.
About Bay Area Film Events
Bay Area Film Events (BAFE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the movie-going experience. Bay Area Film Events screens the classic and cult films from yesterday, and the limited release, independent, and hard to see films of today. Anyone can screen a film, but BAFE makes it an event! Through the use of guests, displays, on-stage talent and multi-media support, BAFE presents movies as a complete show and not just a movie screening.
BAFE provides the live support, promotions and extra, added showmanship that will excite audiences and get them out of their living rooms and back in the theaters where movies were meant to be seen!
Through repeat business and new audiences from throughout the Bay Area, we hope to keep the cinematic dreams alive for generations to come.
More information on the show and advance tickets are available at Bay Area Film Events