‘Dead’ trip on the Strip

Vegas welcomes the undead

LAS VEGAS — How do you tell a zombie from your regular, shuffling Las Vegas tourist?” was a relevant question as George Romero‘s horror pic “Land of the Dead” unspooled June 18 at the Brenden Theaters.

Both tourists and zombies — the ones U had groomed for the night — filled the theater’s lobby at the CineVegas Film Festival’s closing night.

CineVegas prexy Robin Greenspun said one problem with mounting a festival in Vegas “is there are too many distractions. You go to Sundance and what else is there to do but see films and ride shuttles?”

For his part, Romero seemed to enjoy the hoopla his pic was getting. At the Curves club after-party, the low-budget helmer said “this is the first time I’ve seen my film’s name carved into an ice sculpture. It’s a little scary. I’m usually home when the movie opens.”

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