Fresh off a successful reading of Mrs. Doubtfire in February, Scripts Gone WIld returns with its most off the wall selection yet – the 1987 horror cult classic, ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, an obscure title that starred the late Adam West and was rescued from relative obscurity when it was featured on Mystery Science Theatre 3000. And headlining this read is actor Tom Everett Scott, known for his extensive work in film and television.
After his breakthrough role in the Tom Hanks-directed That Thing You Do!, Scott went on to be a staple of late-90’s cinema, including the sequel An American Werewolf in Paris, and the comedy Dead Man on Campus. He also recently appeared in the Academy Award winning La La Land. On television he has been featured on Grace Under Fire, ER, Southland, 13 Reasons Why. He is currently co-starring on the Tru TV series, I’m Sorry. Scott headlines an impressive cast of genre actors that will be revealed leading up to the event.
Unlike previous Scripts Gone Wild reads, ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE is being co-produced and hosted by actor/animator Frank Dietz. ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE was Dietz’ first film role and he has since expanded the script for fans of the film. Of his adaptation, Dietz says: “As good as the MST3K treatment of the film is, I felt there was even more comedic potential to be mined from this treasure. Since I now work as a professional screenwriter, I decided to take the script and add a “narrator,” while leaving the original, awful dialogue intact.”
The film itself centers on a young man who is killed by a gang of teenagers and resurrected by a voodoo priestess to avenge his own death. “The film did not turn out as I had hoped, despite the presence of Adam West, Tia Carrere and Shawn Levy,” says Dietz. “The movie would have quietly slipped into the ether until it was “discovered” by Frank Conniff and the fine folks at MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000. Thanks to them it now has the cult following it never deserved.”
Founded at the Chattanooga Film Festival in 2017, Scripts Gone Wild is a monthly script reading series which takes celebrities, filmmakers, and influencers, gives them a popular film script, and thrusts them head-first into a drinking game where they are penalized for line flubs and missed cues. As the readers make mistakes, and as the drinks pile up, the riotous nature of the event really starts to shine. Scripts are rarely finished and – when they are – they might just be a mess. New additions to this incarnation of Scripts Gone Wild include more audience participation and live musical accompaniment.
SCRIPTS GONE WILD – ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE takes places Wednesday March 27th at 8:00pm at Catch One (4067 Pivo Blvd.). VIP Tickets are available for $20 and General Admission tickets for $10. More info can be found at www.scriptsgonewild.com. Proceeds from this reading benefit the SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN.