Maine-made zombie movie comes to Midcoast

Aug 05, 2014
Ben, left, and Bill McLean take on the apocalypse in their family film “How to Kill a Zombie.”

Thomaston — “How to Kill a Zombie,” described by its producer and star Bill McLean as a “seriously ridiculous” action comedy or “zombedy,” will be screened at Flagship Cinema Friday through Thursday, Aug. 15 through 21. Show times are 1 and 7 p.m.

The movie is a labor of zombie love for dozens of Mainers who volunteered their time, talent and energy for a three-month movie shoot in the fall and early winter of 2012 in locations including the University of Southern Maine.

“This has been a family and community affair. My son, Ben McLean, was 18 when he wrote the script. My wife Tiffany directed and edited the movie, but the film could not have come together without the generous support of over 200 cast and crew who all volunteered their time and talent for the three-month shoot,” said Bill McLean.

The Freight Train Films flick is about a survivalist father and son, Mack and Jesse (Bill and Ben McLean), who are constantly at odds with each other. But they end up uniting against a bigger antagonist — the undead. One of them is played by Meaghan Lyndaker of Newcastle.

“We made one young lady's dreams come true by putting her in the film — she's a paraplegic and her life's dream was to be an extra in a zombie movie. So we made her the lead zombie and put her in several scenes. The audience loves her,” said McLean.

The film was just picked up by Maxim Media and will be distributed worldwide later this fall and winter to more than 180 countries. “How to Kill a Zombie” recently ran for a week at the Auburn Flagship Cinemas, coming in second against nine big-budget Hollywood movies.

“It’s a comedy first, and action zombie flick second. During the Auburn showing, many elderly patrons laughed and loved the film,” McLean said, adding the movie also was shown at the Saco Drive-In.

Actors from the movie will attend the 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, screening and will participate in a Q&A with the audience afterward. The movie, family-friendly for children age 10 and older, runs 92 minutes, including outtakes. A sequel is in the works.

Watch the official trailer

How to Kill a Zombie Official Trailer from tiffany mclean on Vimeo.

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