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What says summer better than a movie under the stars, with a cool, gentle breeze and the soft glow of candles and fireflies? And, of course, bloodstained, teeth-gnashing ghouls moaning and shambling around the Indianapolis Museum of Art Amphitheater. Can't forget them this Friday evening.

July 17th the IMA terrace will be overrun by the undead. And if you have the survival skills and brains to protect your own during this zombie amockalypse, you're in for a great time.

This week's IMA National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights film series will feature the British horror comedy Shaun of the Dead. But to amp up this cinematic celebration of gut-munching gore, the museum has declared it Zombie Night, encouraging moviegoers to dress in their most ghoulish getups.

Around 8 o'clock, fun events for the flesh-eating set will include competing in the "Best-Dressed Zombie" contest, a vinyl record-throwing challenge and an undead trivia quiz. Photo ops with props will be also be available.

As for the featured attraction, Shaun of the Dead, high comedy meets hyper zombie violence in this cleverly written flick. It spoofs the trite existence of twentysomethings who aimlessly stagger through life essentially in a trance, going from home to work to the pub and then back home again, oblivious to their "living dead"-like condition.

Come early to pick the best place to pitch a blanket or plop your chairs. Preshow Zombie Night contests and activities will kick off around 8 p.m. Friday. - COURTESY OF THE IMA
  • Courtesy of the IMA
  • Come early to pick the best place to pitch a blanket or plop your chairs. Preshow Zombie Night contests and activities will kick off around 8 p.m. Friday.

Directed by Edgar Wright, the 2004 cult classic earns its "R" rating for gory violence and adult language. This is not a family feature, folks. You will see intestines. And amid the laughs and ridiculousness, it serves up a good bit of bloody, brain-munching mayhem and some startling scary scenes as well.

Let's just say you'll never look at cricket bats the same way. They and an extensive vinyl record collection become cranium-crushing weapons against the groaning goon squad in the movie.

So whether you're in a dead-end job and relate to the central character Shaun (Simon Pegg), or if you just want to bone up on your zombie terminology and survival strategy, this movie's for you. It's a perfect send-up of all the zombie tropes. And, it answers the questions you might have about the undead, as Shaun and his friends devise a way to escape the zombie apocalypse by camouflaging themselves from the living dead among them.

As the movie begins, Shaun is slow on the uptake, but finally notices one morning that everyone in his London neighborhood isn't staggering around drunk; they're actually all dead -- well, rebooted undead. So the 29-year-old likeable loser sets out to save his family and friends and win back the affection of his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield).

Shaun of the Dead makes a hilarious, albeit ghastly, parallel to zombies and the working-class drones who numbly stagger through life as if they were the living dead. - COURTESY OF ROGUE PICTURES
  • Courtesy of Rogue Pictures
  • Shaun of the Dead makes a hilarious, albeit ghastly, parallel to zombies and the working-class drones who numbly stagger through life as if they were the living dead.

Find out for yourself how his story ends. The IMA doors open at 7 p.m., although some moviegoers line up a half hour or so earlier. Zombie Night activities will kick off around 8 p.m. at the Amphitheater (or if it rains, inside at The Toby; with doors opening at 8:45 p.m. and the movie beginning at 9:30 p.m.).

Sun King and New Day libations will be available for purchase, in addition to King David Dogs. Or you're welcome to pack your own noshables. Tickets are $6 for IMA members or $12 for non-members. To purchase tickets for Friday night, call (317) 923-1331 or visit the IMA website ASAP today, as several films have sold out prior to the movie nights.

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